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The Great War

A cheap, portable, ready-to-eat source of protein is needed for allied soldiers and civilians. During the war years the majority of canned salmon from BC is sent to England.

Label reads "British Columbia's Gift to the Imperial Government Best Pink Salmon"

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives G2017.035


The Great Depression

The Great Depression results in the closure of many fish plants reducing the numbers of canneries from 63 in 1929 to 35 in 1931.

A large open room is filled with nets both hanging and piled on the floor.

The net loft at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. 1948. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Collection courtesy of the Canadian Fishing Company CFC 3-8-2

Label features boats projecting beams of light, with a salmon jumping in the foreground.

This label was created by the Canadian Fishing Co. during the Second World War to show solidarity with the war effort. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives.

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The Second World War

From 1939-1945 the industry grows to fill the demand for canned fish by Allied soldiers and civilians.

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