Experience NPC Engage with an industry
and a way of life
Experience 125 years of history
Original architecture and the pristine BC wilderness set the backdrop for a unique and engaging experience. North Pacific Cannery connects you with an integral part of BC’s industrial, economic and cultural history through guided tours, special exhibits, locally-inspired cuisine, and much more!
Explore North Pacific Cannery’s historic boardwalks, industrial buildings, residences and wilderness surroundings with a guided tour. Tours start at the visitor centre every hour on the hour, from 10:00am – 4:00pm, and are about 40 minutes long. You can choose to join up with an ongoing tour at any time, or explore independently until the next one begins.
The Industry Tour explores North Pacific Cannery’s industrial buildings, workspaces and equipment, taking you on a journey from the earliest days of manual salmon canning to the highly-mechanized plants that operate today.
The Cannery Life Tour explores the unique experiences of workers of First Nations, Japanese, Chinese, and European descent, discussing the types of work, the living conditions, and the family and cultural connections that were fostered on remote cannery villages such as this. This tour also includes the site’s two semi-restricted buildings, the First Nations Net Loft and Company Store.
The Canning Line – experience over 100 years of cannery history through our manual and mechanized canning lines, learning of the methods, processes and equipment needed to turn fresh west coast salmon into a quality packaged product for an international market.
Fishing Methods – experience the history of salmon as a resource, learn the difference between trolling, gillnetting and purse seining, and explore developments in machinery that transformed the commercial fishing industry.
Train Display – just as popular with the adults as with the kids, North Pacific Cannery is proud to house the largest model train display in the region. Insert a coin to watch the trains in action!
1. Join up with a guided tour of the site, engaging with NPC’s industrial, cultural, and social history
2. Take a self-guided tour, experiencing the landscape, architecture, and exhibits independently according to your personal interests
3. Recharge at the Mess House with some local cuisine and fresh-brewed coffee
4. Watch a variety of engaging & educational films from our media library
5. Shop for NPC memorabilia and regional arts & crafts at the Can Factory Gift Shop
We recommend you have at least 1 to 2 hours to fully experience all of the site’s offerings
Please dress warmly and comfortably – much of the experience takes place outdoors,
and is subject to rain and cooler coastal temperatures
NPC welcomes photography, so don’t forget your camera
There is absolutely no smoking and no dogs allowed on the premises.
Please restrict both to the parking lot area.
There is little to no cellular service or data due to the remote wilderness locale –
plan ahead if you need to use your mobile device