The Adventure begins in Prince George!

We have three great tours lined up for the Prince George area this spring.  Exploring the history of our region via train and jet boat as we visit remote and hard to reach sites rich in early 1900’s stories of the past.  We also provide an opportunity to be a part of one of the most unique biological tours in the province.  We assist the Lheidli Tenneh Fisheries program in locating, capturing and tagging Upper Fraser White Sturgeon “The Dinosaurs of the River”.

The Nechako and Fraser Rivers are our highways for these three tours as we explore the two of the largest canyons on the Fraser River and remnants of our early 1900 transportation methods.  Our knowledgeable accompanying resource persons will provide facts and stories to make this one of the most memorable trips you have ever been on.   You do not want to miss out on these amazing trips.

Upper Fraser White Sturgeon Biology Experience – May 3-4, 2018
Historic Fort George River Journey – May 11, 2018
Ghost Towns of the East Line: History of the Upper Fraser – May 12, 2018

For More Information:
https://www.unbc.ca/continuing-studies/courses/tours

Old Miworth Reaction Ferry Pontoon

 

The Telemetry receiver in action
Historic Ft George Canyon Historic Ft George River Journey Tour
Sturgeon on the Upper Fraser River
Old Beehive Burner at eh Eastline Ghost Town of Penny
Ringbolt in the Grand Canyon of the Fraser
Ringbolt in the Grand Canyon of the Fraser

The Lower Skeena Canneries and Historic Sites!

The lower Skeena Estuary and coastal area is home to this region’s most historic sites. This seldom visited area has a a wide variety of unique sites related to the early history of this region.  The area is home to the many abandoned canneries, boat building towns, mills, and fishing villages. There were over 30 canneries on the north coast in the early 1900’s and this created many associated towns and industry in the area. Touring this part of the NorthCoast is truly a memorable experience for anyone interested in a unique historical adventure!

May 15-18, 2018 at Cassiar Cannery

The Hi-Lo Crab Boat
Cassiar Cannery from the Air
Remnants of Claxton Cannery
Old abandoned North Coast Boat
Old cabin at Osland
Haysport Boardwalk
The Rainbow House at Oona River
An Old Boat House at Oona River
Old Dr House at Digby Island
The foundation of the Old Hospital on Hospital Island

Inside the Anyox Powerhouse- “Then & Now”

The Anyox Powerhouse is always one of the highlights for guests on the “Town that got Lost” tour!.  Even though a lot  of the equipment inside was removed it is still a surreal experience with all the rusted iron and steel remnants providing a glimpse into the past.  Amazingly a few plants and shrubs have taken root amongst the industrial wasteland, giving it an even eerier feeling.
Anyox Powerhouse Then & Now
Anyox Powerhouse Then & Now

Constructed in 1911, Powerhouse No. 1 was the heart of the mining and community operations, providing electricity for the smelter, machine shops and other mining operations, as well as the town, until the mine closed in 1936. Secondary powerhouses and substations in the mine site produced electricity for the ore-haulage railway trolleys and other equipment. Constructed of brick and steel, 50 feet wide by 180 feet long, the building’s concrete foundations are laid on solid rock. Brick for the Powerhouse was originally imported from Sidney Island. Later brick, for refurbishing the building, was likely produced at the brickworks on the Anyox site. The building is a massive, elegant structure with an unobstructed interior volume. Ten bays with curved window openings and clerestory windows along both sides of the upper portion of the roof contribute to an impressive facade. A 15-ton crane, used to move the machinery, runs the entire length of the interior of the building.

Looking down into the Anyox Powerhouse
Looking down into the Anyox Powerhouse
The outside brick walls of the Anyox Powerhouse
The outside brick walls of the Anyox Powerhouse
An old Pelton Wheel inside the Anyox Powerhouse
An old Pelton Wheel inside the Anyox Powerhouse
Looking through through the roof of Anyox Powerhouse
Looking through through the roof of Anyox Powerhouse

The Skeena River Tour!

For those looking for an adventure of a lifetime the 300 km Jet Boat Journey down the Skeena River is a must!  This trip begins the 5 day journey down the river in the town of Hazelton and commences in the historic Cassiar Cannery in the Skeena River Estuary.  The month of August typically provides great weather for the expedition.  The scenery on the trip is unparalleled as the river carves its way through the coastal mountains and snow capped peaks.  The history along the river is truly amazing as we visit many places of historical significance.  Don’t miss this August 5-10, 2018 trip that is limited to 10 guests on two jet boats!

Cutting through the Coastal Mountains
Cutting through the Coastal Mountains
Snow and water falls along the edge of the river
Guests enjoying a Cassiar Cannery Sunset
Skeena River Estuary in a Jet Boat
Our two Jet boats making their way down the Skeena River
Animal tracks on Skeena River Sandbar
A Skeena River Tributary
Skeena River
Skeena River
Enjoying a walk on lower Skeena River Sandbar

Grizzly Bear Viewing on BC’s North Coast

On our Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery tour we use jet boats, float planes and ocean boats to bring guests to some of the regions most remote and secluded bear viewing locations.  We  travel by jet boat on the ocean to remote coastal estuaries that are filled with thick carpets of Lyngby Sedge.  We use jet boats so that we can maneuver through all the side channels and that intertwine amongst the estuary and hopefully get us close enough for some amazing photos. A float plane will be used to transport guests to a floating lodge where grizzlies roam the shoreline just minutes away. This year’s tour is June 6-11, 2018 starting in Terrace, BC.

Young Grizzly posing for the camera
Young Grizzly posing for the camera
Grizzly Bear and Cub posing for the Camera

 

Grizzly Bear combing the shore looking for Sedges
Stalking Grizzlies in the estuary
Float Plane landing with Grizzly Bear Viewing Guests
Family of Grizzlies looking for a meal
Family of Grizzlies looking for a meal

NEW! Kitsault & Alice Arm: The Ultimate Ghost Town Adventure!

Wow!  For those looking to tour two of the most inaccessible ghost towns in British Columbia; now is your chance!  We have permission to visit the modern day ghost town of Kitsault that has sat vacant since 1983!  This town has everything a town would need!  Hospital, Pub, Curling Rink, Movie Theatre, Swimming Pool, Library, Day care, Gymnasium, Squash Courts, Grocery Store, Bank, Sporting Goods Store, Post Office, Hot Tub, Apartments and Houses!  The only thing missing is the people!  BE one of the few people to tour this town and STAY overnight in one of the apartment buildings.  This is a truly a trip of a lifetime.

Kitsault Mall
Kitsault Mall

As an added bonus we will be visiting the historic Silver mining town and home to the Dolly Varden Mine – Alice Arm.  We will tour the town and be treated to magnificent seafood feast on the banks above massive Alice Arm Estuary.

2016 Ghost Town Guests posing in front of Kitsault sign

All this in in a one night two day trip from Terrace, BC to Kitsault and Alice Arm and return to Terrace.  All meals, accommodations, transportation ( return from Terrace, BC to Kitsault and Ocean transportation to Alice Arm.)

This trip will fill up fast and is limited to 12 guests!

August 18-19, 2017

$795.00

Register no or contact Rob Bryce at (250) 617-5931 or Rob.bryce@unbc.ca for more information

Kitsault Post Offce
Kitsault Post Offce
Guests getting ready for a showing a the Kitsault Theatre
Guests getting ready for a showing a the Kitsault Theatre
Kitsault Hospital bed
Kitsault Hospital bed
The Alice Arm schoolhouse still remains from the early 1900’s

2018 Adventure Tour Schedule Now Released!

We are very excited to have the schedule for the 2018 UNBC Continuing Studies Adventure Tours released!  We have some of the very popular tours that have been delivered every year and a few new ones for 2018.   See the blog posts below for more details on each of the tours.

UNBC 2018 Adventure Tours

Upper Fraser White Sturgeon Biology Experience
May 3-4, 2018, Prince George, BC

A large sturgeon getting ready to measure and tag

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Canneries of the Northcoast
May 14-18, 2018, Cassiar Cannery, Port Edward, BC

Pilings from one of the Port Essington Canneries Photo courtesy of Andrew Pugh

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Historic Fort George River Journey
May 11, 2018, Prince George, BC

Historic Ft George Canyon

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Ghost Towns of the East Line: History of the Upper Fraser
May 12, 2018, Prince George, BC

Old Beehive Burner at eh Eastline Ghost Town of Penny

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“The Town That Got Lost” Anyox Exploration
June 2-3, 2018, Terrace, BC

Anyox Ghost Town
The Anyox Powerhouse “The Town That Got Lost” Anyox Exploration Tour

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Northwest BC Grizzly Bear Discovery Tour
June 6-11, 2018, Terrace, BC

Grizzly Bear and Cub posing for the Camera

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Northwest Wonders -Jet Boat Photography Tour
June 12-16, 2018, Terrace, BC

Photographing the amazing scenery

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Skeena River Historical Jet Boat Journey
August 5-10, 2018, Hazelton – Port Edward, BC

Navigating the 200 km trip down the Skeena River
Navigating the 200 km trip down the Skeena River

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Kitsault & Alice Arm: The Ultimate Ghost Town Adventure
August 18-19, 2018, Terrace, BC

The Ghostly and Abandoned Kitsault Shopping Centre Ghost Towns of Northwest BC Tour

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Ghost Towns of Northwest BC
August 21-27, 2018, Terrace, BC

The remnants of the Anyox Coke Plant

 

How Simon Sees the Canneries of the North Coast

Last summer were fortunate to tour a few Social Media Influencers around the Northwest Coast and one of the days was spent in the heart of the historic salmon canneries of the early 1900’s.  We were also blessed to have Northern BC Tourism content creator Simon Ratcliffe along to assist and take some amazing photos of the area.  Check out Simon’s website for some other spectacular photos from some of his other journeys.   Below are a few of the photos as “Simon Sees” through the lense!

How SimonSees the Canneries of the North Coast!

Capturing the imagery and stories of people I meet on my travels.

Simon Ratcliffe
Simon Ratcliffe of Simon Sees

Simon Sees Website

Haunted Doctors house on Digby Island
Social Media Influencer Matt Mosteller is afraid to take another step towards the haunted Dr’s house of Digby Island. Courtesy @simonsees
Canneries of the North Coast
A beautiful boat house on stilts! courtesy @simonsees
Heron on Canneries of north Coast
A Heron waiting for its next meal on the lower Skeena River. Courtesy @simonsees
abandoned boat on UNBC Canneries Tour
One of the many abandoned boats lying on the shores of the lower Skeena River.  photo courtesy of @Simonsees
North Pacific Cannery UNBCTour
Trees growing off a stilted platform at North Pacific Cannery. Photo Courtesy of @simonsees
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Classic Cannery Building on pilings. Photo courstesy of @simonsees
North Pacific Cannery
North Pacific Cannery! Photo courtesy of @simonsees
Port Essington Boneyard
George Frizzell Boneyard! Remnants from the imported cows of the butcher shop! Photo courtesy @simonsees
Carlisle Cannery UNBC Canneries tour
Ringbolts from a rock island at Carlisle Cannery! Can you see them? Simon Can! Photo courtesy @simonsees
Cassiar Cannery
Double rainbow from the deck of the Manager houses at Cassiar Cannery! Photo Courtesy @simonsees
Osland Icelandic community
Old abandoned boat from the Icelandic community of Osland! photo courtesy of @simonsees
Osland Icelandic fishing community
The long boardwalk at the Icelandic fishing community of Osland! Photo courtesy of @Simonsees

For more information on the UNBC Canneries of the North Coast Tour:

Canneries of the North Coast Tour

Westworld Magazine Skeena River Tour Article

Northern BC Adventure Tours Article

The Skeena River and Northwest BC are one of the most beautiful places in the world.  We were fortunate enough to share this region with writer Janet Gyenes who gave a very stunning account of her visit to the area.  We incorporated a touch of many of our Northern BC Adventure Tours during the few days.  Read the online article or the screenshots below.

Online link to the issue Page 11 for the article

UNBC Adventure Tour
Northern BC Adventure Tour Article
Skeena River Historical Journey
BCAA Westworld article on the Skeena River Historical Journey
Skeena River Historic Tour
Page three of the BCAA Westworld article on the UNBC Continuing Studies Northern BC Adventures

The Canneries of the Lower Skeena River

A Truly Amazing North Coast BC Tour!

The lower Skeena River on British Columbia’s North Coast was line with over 26 canneries starting in 1877 with the Inverness Cannery. Inverness was situated in the Skeena Slough or one arm of the delta of the Skeena River before it empties into the Pacific Ocean. This slough is also Known as “Cannery Row” due to the numerous canneries which lined it’s shores. North Pacific Cannery and Cassiar Cannery still have substantial remains with North Pacific now a national historic site. Other than these two relatively easily accessible canneries, many of the other ones are boat access only and at different stages of decay and remaining remnants. The hidden treasures that remain and the stories they tell are truly amazing. One of the best sources of information on the canneries is Gladys Blyth’s book “Salmon Canneries British Columbia North Coast”. We are fortunate to be able to deliver a 3 day tour to these sites plus many other fishing villages and historic sites in our “Canneries of the North Coast Tour”. Through the UNBC “Northern BC Adventures Program”

 

canneries north coast unbc
Information of the Canneries of the North Coast