The cannery cats were a big part of cannery life and were said to have descended from the cats across the Skeena at Old Ben's place. The cats  were very hard to catch if you were stupid enough to even try.  Every so often you would find a new litter of fresh babies in places like the net loft....

The China House was a very mysterious place. As a "cannery kid" I had the run of the cannery property. I was a little more wary of the China House than other areas. The approach to the large white building with the red roof was along three hundred yards of railroad track. There was a longer route by...

June 16, 2017

A long, long time ago in the early 1950's I spent about three weeks at the cannery. It was summer and my parents were heading off on a road trip across North America with a couple they were friends with. I was given the choice of traveling with them or going to stay with Uncle Oli and Aunt Karla at...

It was a beautiful early summer Sunday at North Pacific Cannery on the Skeena River. Sundays were often dull for a ten-year-old. It was just after school finished and before Vacation School started. The Cannery folks were buzzing with news of an ice cream party at the net house. A notice had appeare...

Living out on a river several kms from a hospital was in itself a challenge for my parents. My mother was a modern women and had learned her first aid on the job. I was always finding a new way to injure myself .

On one summer's morning I awoke with the bed covers attached to my face. Hearing my muff...

Working at the cannery was not a Monday to Friday kind of job It was more 24/7. However on Sunday my dad did his best to come up with an adventure while Mum was in the city picking up groceries and visiting .

The adventures were many and there was never enough Sundays in the summer. One year my cousi...

Like all small villages at the time, the company store was the hub of activity.  The store was down the boardwalk from the house and it sold everything we needed.

We didn't really shop there, since my mum bought all our provisions in the city from the big supermarkets that were a lot cheape...

Our first summer out at the cannery was the year I turned 9.  As luck would have it there were lots of girls my age that lived out there and they  were seasoned veterans when it came to cannery life.  The one difference was that both their parents worked. The women were either mending nets or workin...

Our visits to the cannery would change in the years to follow as Dad would take us out for adventures in the off season. One of my favourite things to do was dig at the site of the China House. I don't remember the house as a standing structure. It was on the shore. not on pilings, and it housed the...

Not many of us get to see the home we lived in as a child become a museum, North Pacific Cannery, where I spent much of my childhood, however, has become a museum and is in the process to hopefully become a UNESCO world heritage site. Before talking about the museum itself, here is the relevant back...

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