2018 Canneries of the North Coast Highlights

One of our first tours of the year is the “Canneries of the North Coast” and also one of the most unique.  Over the 4 days we visit over 18 remnants of the salmon canneries of the lower Skeena River and the islands at the entrance to it.  Names like Balmoral, Humpback Bay, Claxton and Carlisle to name a few.  We also visit some of the most remote  fishing related communities on the north coast like the Icelandic Community of Osland and the boat building town of Oona River.  Plus we stay 4 nights in a cannery at one of the most unique accommodations in BC- Cassiar Cannery.  The trip is for those who like small group sizes and getting off the beaten path to see some of the most unique sites on the north coast.

Here are some photos of the 2018 tour

Old Boat House at Oona River
Old Growth walk along Oona River
Exploring old Boardwalk among the sedge grass.
Exploring amongst the pilings of an old cannery
Heading back to jet boat after exploring old cannery ruins
Some of the guests aboard the bus at Oona River
Exploring the ruins of Claxton Cannery
Remains of the old Dr House near Dodge Cove
Photographing an discarded headstone left n the mud
Exploring the “Bone Yard” between the cannery piliings
An old headstone at a lower Skeena Cemetery
Enjoying lunch and the views on a secluded island beach
The remains of the humpback bay cannery
The “Rainbow House” at Oona River!
Remains of a lower Skeena River Cannery

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

Oona River – The only place you can see things like these!

On our Canneries of the North Coast Tour one of the locations we will visit is not a Cannery but it is one of the locations I am very excited to visit again.  This boat building and logging community on Porcher Island is a truly unique community with so many interesting things to see in a such a small area.  I have had previous posts of the boats and boat houses, the rainbow house and an aerial view of the community.  Walking along the few km’s of road is the best way to see the hidden gems that lie off the edge of the road,along the shoreline or  hidden in the trees.  Here are a few more photos of Oona River.

Miscellaneous Oona River stuff
Miscellaneous Oona River stuff
I wonder what the story is behind this boat?
I wonder what the story is behind this boat?
Oona River Mural
Oona River Mural
Oona River Relics
Oona River Relics

Oona River Rainbow House

The boat building community of Oona river on Porcher Island is one of our stops on the “Canneries of the NorthCoast” tour in late May.  The community is a very interesting place with remnants of the boat building past everywhere.  One thing that does not fit the theme of this era is the “Rainbow House. It is owned by Oona River residents  Lutz and Wendy.  When I asked about the story behind the house they told me they painted it these colors to brighten up the place during the cloudy and rainy days that the coast frequently experiences.  Btw If you were wondering what the weather is doing right now at Oona River  they also have a weather station there. http://www.weatherlink.com/user/orhabc

Here are a few photos of the Rainbow House

Oona River Rainbow House
Oona River Rainbow House
Rainbow House cat


Oona River Fishing Community

The early 1900’s fishing community of Oona River is one of our stops on the May 29-June 3, 2016 “Canneries of the Northcoast” tour through Continuing Studies.  The community lies on the southeast corner of Porcher Island. The community boasts over 130 boats being built there in one of the many boat building sheds.  Many of these boat sheds still remain today even though no boat building occurs.  The sheds and old boats spending their final resting days on the shores of Porcher Island are a photographers paradise.  We will also have a local community member tour us around the site and share her history and knowledge of the place.   Here are a few photos of Oona River.

One of the many Oona River Boat Houses
A low mist settling over the entrance to Oona River
Oona River Boat in it’s final resting place