What Fish is That?

Trip Start Jul 07, 2012
Trip End Aug 04, 2012

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Where I stayed
Inn on the Harbour Prince Rupert
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
North Pacific Cannery Museum Prince Rupert
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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Friday, July 27, 2012

What a great day this was! We left Terrace after breakfast (nothing special) and before lunch we were at the North Pacific Cannery Museum, which is near Prince Rupert. This is a former fish cannery that you can visit and tour. It didn't sound like a great idea to me but Mom and Dad were excited. It turned out to be pretty cool! The place is right on the edge of the Skeena River, which is an important river for salmon fishing. This cannery is like a little town, with the fish processing buildings on one side near the water and homes, bunkhouses, stores and other buildings connected by walkways. When you walk through you are walking on boardwalks because the place is built over the water. I'm probably not explaining it very well but it is worth visiting, even if you think you aren't interested. Although if you don't like fish, you may not want to go because there is a fishy smell. The plant is not operating anymore but there is a great restaurant in the former mess hall. You can even stay in a bunkhouse (they were booked otherwise we probably would have been there).

We all had salmon for lunch- Mom and Dad had the chowder, and I had a salmon melt. The food was really good.

It was only a short drive to Prince Rupert and we got to our hotel by 2pm or so. The hotel is under renovation but it didn't bother us. Our room is really nice and it faces the ocean so we can watch the boats. There were even binoculars to use.

We stopped at a Museum that had lots of artifacts about the native people and early settlers of the town. My parents like this sort of thing a lot. Then we explored the part of town called "Cow Bay". It's called that because someone once had a herd of cows that grazed in the area. There is a large dock and we watched from above while a fisherman cleaned and cut up a huge fish. It might have been a halibut. I never saw a fish so big! We also saw a bald eagle perched above the pier.

The weather was not exactly raining, but doing more than drizzling, and kind of cold. Mom says we are probably in for a lot of this weather for the rest of the trip.

Once we got back to our hotel, we turned on the Olympics to watch the opening ceremony. I thought it was really cool, and liked the part when they were showing the Industrial Revolution the best. Mom and I stayed up to watch all the athletes come in, but then we turned it off. We had to get up really early the next morning to catch the ferry, so we had to get to sleep. It was kind of hard to go to bed early, because Prince Rupert stays light a lot later than home-it was still light out at 11pm!
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Oma on

What an exciting tip you are having, so much wildlife, such interesting food. I would have liked the salmon right at the source. The picture of the three of you warmed my heart. Opa is checking on the "what is it" picture. He says, leaves look like Sumac, but the berries don't look like Sumac. More research forthcoming. Enjoy the last leg of your journey and I hope Mom is wrong about the rain.

Larry on

I love anything to do with fresh salmon. Yum!!!

Cyndee Groch on

Loved the photo of the mask - beautiful but kind of creepy too! The picture of the 3 of you should be your Christmas photo! You all look so very happy!

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