Fish plants and a Hang-out

In my final photo essay of locations in ALL NATIVE, the novel, I present the two main fish plant locations in the book, as they are now, as well as a spot that was a popular hang-out then and perhaps still is.


The original BC Packers, which had a shed and cold storage building, with a separate lunchroom building and house for the manager, is gone, but a new fish plant stands in its place, owned by Canfisco. The big, deep water dock was able to accommodate dragger boats.


If you turn a right before the current store in Port Edward and go down the road to the tracks, you'll see the site of the former Nelson Bros. Cannery, which was the biggest employer in the community in the 60s. There were three village canneries further along, just outside of Port Ed.


The old Port Ed General Store, which was just at the bottom of the hill going to the cannery. The Nelson Bros. payroll office was upstairs. This photo was taken in May and, as you can see, that old wooden bench was still out front!


Accessible via Overlook Street, this spot provided a fabulous view and privacy for wayward teens and young men to hang out at.

The forest leading to the cliff area.

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