November 13, 2018

As a a Cannery Kid growing up in Prince Rupert,  I really never wanted to be a line worker in the Fish Cannery. I think I saw how hard my Nan worked and how her perfume always seemed to be the scent of HEET liniment, but I also think maybe I just couldn't do it.  Ever since I could remember my Nan h...

May 19, 2018

One never knows what the day will hold or where your children will go. Our oldest first went North all the way to Tuktoyaktuk, then to the little village of  Joussard. But none of the job postings in the north or in Alberta could offer one essential thing. A continuing contract! So one must look els...

February 22, 2018

The Net Lofts were the biggest buildings on site aside from the main cannery and as you entered the building, the cathedral ceiling seemed to stretch up into the skies.

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The exposed beams laddered across the ceiling, hung with ropes and large metal pulleys. As the sun streamed...

January 30, 2018

Linda Hansen with Cecil around 1951

November 2, 2017

Tree-planting was not something I had ever considered doing until the day my boyfriend and I found ourselves unemployed at the same time.  In April of 1986 Dennis** had just graduated from university with a bunch of letters after his name and I just quit a job I hated.  A college friend had told us...

October 17, 2017

The summer of 1971 was great we had a lot of fun but we were happy to return to our home in Prince Rupert. So when my parents sat us down in January of 1972 to tell us we would be moving out to the cannery in February there was a lot of tears. This was a horrible idea and I was sure my parents came...

August 29, 2017

When the Herring season started a new Assistant Manager arrived . Mr. Winter came with his young family in the spring of 1972. The parents were originally from Germany and much to our surprise  the two children under 4 could speak German. They would converse with their  parents then switch to Englis...

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...

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