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Inverness Cannery

Can label for "Fresh Skeena River salmon packed at Inverness Cannery, Skeena River, British Columbia."

The icicles on the letters on this 1900s can label use Canadian stereotypes to tell consumers that the salmon is from the north. Image I-61289 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives


54°11’45.7″N 130°14’50.6″W

  • Built in 1876 on the Inverness Passage of the Skeena River by the Northwestern Commercial Co.
  • Was the first cannery built north of the Fraser River
  • Cannery buildings were damaged four times by fire and twice by landslides
  • Cannery closed in 1950 after 74 years of operation
  • Buildings were completely destroyed by fire in 1973