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...

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...

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...

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