Salmon Canning in WWI: Defending the Coast (part 2 of 2)

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This Monday marks the centenary of Canada’s entry into World War I. In remembrance of this anniversary, we are sharing some of the history of the involvement of B.C.’s salmon canneries during the war. Part one of this blog post can be found here: Salmon Canning in WWI: Feeding the Troops (part 1 of 2). . . . → Read More: Salmon Canning in WWI: Defending the Coast (part 2 of 2)

Salmon Canning in WWI: Feeding the Troops (part 1 of 2)

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100 years ago, on August 4th, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, drawing Canada into the First World War. The ensuing conflict touched the lives of millions across Canada in ways big and small, and as such, gives us an opportunity to share some of its history with the public. In Canada, the West Coast . . . → Read More: Salmon Canning in WWI: Feeding the Troops (part 1 of 2)

Summertime “Fish Tales” at the Cannery

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Have you ever considered a career as a fisherman? Whichever side of the boat you’re on, Ralph Turner, a commercial fisherman during his high school and university years, shared his amazing experiences with us on July 12 as part of our summer “Fish Tales” fishermen demo and talks series at the Gulf of Georgia . . . → Read More: Summertime “Fish Tales” at the Cannery

114 Years Ago Today: Fraser River Strike Begins

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This Tuesday marks the 114th anniversary of the beginning of the 1900 Fraser River strike, a landmark date in the labour history of British Columbia’s fishing industry. The strike was notable not only for its duration (until the end of the month) or its vehemence (resulting in the imposition of martial law in Steveston), but . . . → Read More: 114 Years Ago Today: Fraser River Strike Begins

Nikkei Fishermen’s Legacy Plaque unveiled

Members of the Nikkei Fishermen

A new plaque commemorating the families of B.C. Nikkei (Japanese Canadian) fishermen and their contributions to the Nikkei Fishermen’s Legacy Challenge, was unveiled on Saturday May 24 at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. The plaque will be on permanent display in the front lobby of the Cannery, to recognize the generous . . . → Read More: Nikkei Fishermen’s Legacy Plaque unveiled

V is for Valentine: Cupid in the Cannery!

Work in the canneries was hard and the hours were long, but the workers were known for working and playing hard. Many of the workers who came to the canneries for the summers were young and single. At the end of the day, everyone was covered in slime and smelled like fish, which created . . . → Read More: V is for Valentine: Cupid in the Cannery!

Live the year 1894!

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It was the Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s first year of business, exactly 120 years ago. To celebrate this anniversary, we are launching a year-long live tweet of what the cannery’s inaugural season would have looked like – from timbers to crates, if you will. Adventures of cannery life will be observed by the stylish and . . . → Read More: Live the year 1894!

Remembering the Gumboot Navy

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This Remembrance Day, while honouring war efforts far and wide, let’s also take a moment to reflect on the home front. During the second World War, the government decided that Canada’s warships should be concentrated on the Atlantic Coast, leaving the Pacific Coast defenseless. The regular navy was also not trained to handle small . . . → Read More: Remembering the Gumboot Navy

Zombie Preparedness at the Cannery

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In the lead-up to one of the spookiest nights of the year, the Collections department at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery has a few hints to offer in the form of a handy series on surviving a zombie apocalypse. Don’t be caught unawares and unprepared in the event of a zombie apocalypse! The Cannery is . . . → Read More: Zombie Preparedness at the Cannery

Join us for Culture Days at the Cannery!

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Culture Days is a national event honouring Canada’s cultural establishments. This is a three-day doors-open event inviting the general public to learn more about the arts and cultural centres in their communities. The fourth annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 27, 28 and 29, 2013, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, . . . → Read More: Join us for Culture Days at the Cannery!