west from Terrace toward Prince Rupert continued to be just as dramatic as the
previous day’s journey. I never seem to
tire of beautiful, snow-capped peaks and swift-flowing rivers, even if they are
muddy and overflowing their banks. The
mountains seemed to be even closer to the highway, and it was easy to spot the
many waterfalls that were cascading down the rock faces.
|The Highway Continued to Follow the Mountains and River|
|We Were So Lucky to Drive this Route on a Sunny Day|
|The River Was Wider as We Got Closer to Prince Rupert|
only 90 miles from Prince Rupert, so it was an easy day – perfect for our last
push before boarding the ferry to Alaska.
Approximately 25 miles or so from our destination, we were traveling at
sea level. The Skeena River opened up
even wider as it came closer to the sea.
We were somewhat amused when we saw a sign for a chain-up area. That seemed odd – I thought we would remain
at sea level for the rest of the way.
one last hill to climb, however, although the Rainbow Summit topped out at just
525 feet. Although we had passed
numerous chain-up areas since leaving Prince George, there were very few steep
climbs or descents. Most were actually
quite gradual and easy for any RV to negotiate.
would be arriving in Prince Rupert early in the day, we decided to stop at the
North Provincial Cannery, a National Historic Site, for a tour. It had been quite some time since our last
museum or historic site visit, and I was feeling the need for some
culture! The cannery is located in
nearly Port Edward and is the area’s largest tourist attraction.
in 1889, the North Pacific Cannery is the oldest intact salmon cannery on the
west coast of North America. There were
once hundreds of salmon canneries along the coast of British Columbia and Alaska,
but only a few remain in operation today.
The remainder have been abandoned, burned or left to rot in the rain
forest. It is quite amazing that North
Pacific Cannery was preserved before suffering a similar fate.
|The North Pacific Cannery Is Built on Pilings|
arrived, we were the only visitors. We
paid our entrance fee and had our own private tour of the cannery. The salmon canning process was not just an
industry, but a way of life. Part of the
tour explored the industrial buildings, workspaces and equipment, and we
followed the evolution of the industry from the early days of manual labor to
the mechanized process that was made possible with new technologies. The entire cannery is built on pilings, and
boardwalks connect the various buildings.
|Machine Shop / First Nations Net Loft|
|Inside the Net Loft|
|Inside the Main Canning Building|
|Colorful Labels for the Canned Salmon|
the cannery was so isolated, workers of First Nations, Japanese, Chinese and
European descent lived on-site in separate ethnic enclaves. Each group performed specific duties and had
different styles of housing. This
multicultural, but segregated, arrangement was characteristic of most of the
early canneries in British Columbia.
|These Small Houses Are Replicas of the Original First Nations Houses|
|Houses on the Upper Left Accommodated the Manager and European Employees|
|The Company Store Provided Everything that Employees Might Need|
was a First Nations woman with a family connection to the site. I especially loved hearing stories of her family,
especially her grandfather, who was a commercial fisherman whose family lived
in a house similar to the First Nations houses that we toured. She personalized the tour, and that made it
much more special for us. I would highly
recommend a visit.
|Welcome to Prince Rupert|
tour we drove into Prince Rupert and stopped at Tim Hortons for our Wi-Fi fix. While we were there Tim opened an email from the Alaska Marine
Highway System notifying him of a schedule change. We have been closely following the news about
cutbacks in ferry service, but hadn’t thought we would be affected since the
reduction was scheduled to start on July 1.
Luckily, the change was not a big deal.
Instead of leaving Prince Rupert at 6:30 am, we would now depart at
11:00 am. Much more civilized, since we
have to arrive three hours before departure.
checked into the only campground in Prince Rupert, the Prince Rupert RV
Campground, and decided to stay for two nights.
We had originally planned to camp at the ferry dock prior to our early
morning departure, but decided that would not be necessary anymore. We have taken advantage of our extra time
here to do laundry and catch up on a few odds and ends. We have blazing fast Wi-Fi here (it’s not the
campground’s, but we’re grateful to whatever entity is providing it!). It’s actually been nice to just sit still
after the long drive through British Columbia. Tomorrow morning we board the ferry for Alaska.
|Our Route through British Columbia|
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Thanks for keeping up with us. Tim said that you got a new phone. How's that working out for you?Delete
We really did luck out with a postcard perfect day! Thanks for continuing to travel with us.Delete