BC / Canada 150 Grant Recipient Project Highlights

Port Edward Historical Society – North Pacific Cannery NHS

Project: North Pacific Cannery Working Dock Restoration
Funding Received: $75,000

The Working Dock -150 Project has restored the remaining 9,000 square feet of the historically significant 40,000 square foot Working Dock. The expansive dock is now the largest community, cultural, and recreational events space in BC’s North Coast region. It is wheelchair accessible and open to the public for events and daily tours, increasing access to the site and the heritage it holds. To this end, the completion of the Dock was celebrated with the Canada-150 Intertidal Music Festival on July 15, 2017. This 1-day festival saw approximately 800 people enjoy 19 performances with the main stage on the newly completed Working Dock. Planning is already underway for the 2nd annual Intertidal Music Festival on July 21, 2018. Tickets will be going on sale soon!

Intertidal Music Festival 2017

Intertidal Music Festival 2017
Image credit: fromthetreehouse.ca

The restoration of the Working Dock has re-opened access to a large and historically significant component of this National Historic Site, allowing interpretation, special events, and stunning perspectives/photos of the site. This all adds up to a much-improved visitor experience and increased revenues, which will in turn support administrative operations and organizational capacity.

Intertidal Music Festival 2017

Intertidal Music Festival 2017
Image credit: fromthetreehouse.ca

Representing factory operations and employee living quarters of a multi-ethnic workforce and one of the formative industries of BC, North Pacific Cannery is strongly connected to the local community. Many members of the community today are ex-Cannery workers, or are descended from cannery workers, with many even born in the NPC village. Restoring the Working Dock at NPC has served to preserve the pride, culture, and heritage of the people of the North Coast.