Port Edward Historical Society closes North Pacific Cannery | National Historic Site for a second season, shifting focus to care and maintenance with the aid of Provincial funding

March 1, 2021

Port Edward Historical Society closes North Pacific Cannery | National Historic Site for a second season, shifting focus to care and maintenance with the aid of Provincial funding

The Board of the Port Edward Historical Society (PEHS) made the unanimous decision to close all business operations of North Pacific Cannery | National Historic Site for the 2021 tourism season. This difficult decision was not made lightly, however the PEHS believes this to be the most responsible course of action as we continue to weather through the COVID-19 pandemic. The site will continue to be fully closed to the public.

The PEHS will take this time to focus on urgent maintenance projects with a recent award of $273,870 from the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) – Unique Heritage Infrastructure grant program. This essential maintenance initiative includes three distinct projects focusing on roofing, electrical and plumbing issues that present threats to the site and require immediate remediation. Further work will be completed this year to cost and fundraise for a more comprehensive roofing project which is a priority for conservation and restoration to ensure long term sustainability of the National Historic Site.

About the Port Edward Historical Society

The Society’s board is made up of representatives from the District of Port Edward (NPC | NHS owner), the North Coast Regional District and members at large from the City of Prince Rupert. North Pacific Cannery | NHS and broader Historical Society operations are funded by the North Coast Regional District and the District of Port Edward. The cannery welcomes more than 10,000 visitors each year to explore the rich fishing history and culture of the North Coast.

Media Inquiries:
Danielle Myles Wilson
dwilson@portedward.ca
Interim President and Chair, Port Edward Historical Society
CAO, District of Port Edward

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