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

Top 10 Derelict Boats on the Northwest Coast

The lower Skeena River and the north coast  is home to  many weathered derelict fishing boats that have been abandoned or washed up on shore.  They are truly a photographers paradise to capture that amazing photo unlike any other.  Each boat has a one of kind story and history behind them from salmon fishing, gillnetting, crabbing or transportation. This seldom visited area has many boats lining the shores and just takes a keen eye and some tips on where to look.  Here is our top 10 list with a couple of honorable mentions.  If you know any specific history on any of these boats we would love to hear about them.

To see these boats and to have a chance to get up close and personal with them check out our “Canneries of the North Coast” tour where we visit these boats and many more.

https://blogs.unbc.ca/unbcexptour/canneries-of-the-northcoast/

#1

Oona River boat on top ten abandoned boats list
This Oona Boat river boat is a true classic with its bright yellow paint.

#2

The Hilo crabbing boat of Port Essington
The Hi -Lo of Port Essington, What a resting place! The Lyngby Sedge provides a beautiful backdrop for this inner coastal crabbing boat.

#3

Old abandoned boat on the shores of the Skeena River Cannery Row
This old boat lies on the banks of the Skeena River’s historic Cannery Row

#4

Oona River baot as seen on the Canneries of the North Coast Tour
This boat has seen better days but is still able to cast a beautiful shadow.

#5

Osland classic wooden boat on Canneries of the North Coast Tour
This Osland “Classic” is beautiful wooden boat just waiting for someone to take its picture!

#6

This abandoned boat lies on the shores of Lelu Island as a part of the Canneries of the North Coast Tour
When I think of “Derelict” boat this is what comes to mind!

#7

Porcher Island derelict boat
This Porcher Island floating hulk is one of the most utilitarian of them all!

#8

Another Oona River Boat
A beautiful reflection of a beautiful Oona River Boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9

A classic derelict boat
Nothing like a closeup of a classic fishing boat! this one probably has alot of epic stories

#10

If only the Duke could speak
The Duke! With a name like that it must have cruised the open water with pride!

Honorable Mention!

If it only had the other half it might have made the top 10
Hard to tell exactly how old this on is but well on it sway to being a Skeena River Relic!

Osland – Skeena River Fishing Community

On the UNBC Educational Tour “Canneries of the Northcoast ” & “The Skeena River Historical Journey by Jet Boat” we will visit the Icelandic fishing community of Osland.  It is situated on Smith Island  at the mouth of the Skeena River. The community was settled 1910-15 with a group of Icelandic individuals from the province of Manitoba. The community was quite small with a population rarely exceeding 100. The main industry was fishing.  Today it is a small community of cabins and cottages with a scattereing of old boats and relics from the fishing days.  The most unique feature is the 1 km long boardwalk that parallels the ocean which makes for a magnificent stroll while looking for that unique photo.

Osland Boardwalk

 

 

Old boat relic along the Osland Boardwalk