One of the iconic towns of the Skeena River is the town of Port Essington. Founded by Robert Cunningham in 1871 and a fall camping spot of the Tsimshian known as Spokeshute this site has over a wealth of interesting sites and features that will truly amaze you! A jungly 100 year cemetery with hundreds of moss covered headstones, a grisly boneyard of cow skulls and bones, a one km long boardwalk falling into disrepair, pilings protruding out of the brackish river on their last legs, a boiler form the Cunningham sawmill, old bottles, trinkets, and remnants from over 100 years of habitation. The One day Port Essington Experience will jet boat you back in time to a place that few have visited and explored.
This is our third new tour that we are introducing this year. This tour will amaze you with the vast historic remnants from this remote area of the lower Skeena River. This one will fill up quickly so don’t wait too long to sign up for this truly unique adventure!
The Port Essington Experience is a unique adventure on the tidal portion of the lower Skeena River. The once thriving cannery town and service centre for the Skeena Region has almost 100 years of history to explore.
The overgrown cemetery with hundreds of headstones is a highlight of the tour. The low tides of the Skeena will expose a myriad of historical features rarely seen, like the eerie “Essington Bone Yard” with skulls and bones.
Artifacts from the canneries past lie abandoned on the beach and inland. These will help us learn more about the incredible history of the town that the Tsimshians called “Spa Xksuutks”.
Our adventure will also include stops at other Skeena Cannery sites like Claxton, Carlisle, Balmoral, Haysport and Cannery Row. We will boat by the unique and rarely visited Icelandic community of Osland with its km long boardwalk. You won’t want to miss an opportunity to visit these rarely visited and unique sites on the lower Skeena River.
Have you come upon a Boneyard! Don’t miss a chance to see this amazing site on the UNBC Ghost Towns tour. This site still holds hundreds of skulls and bones from over 100 years ago when the local Butcher George Frizzell would bring in live cows to butcher in his shop which was situated on a wharf over the Skeena River. The remnants of his work still remain to this day!