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Port Edward

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Port Edward is a District Municipality on the Tsimpsean Peninsula, opposite Ridley Island. The region has all the beautiful natural landscape the visitors can expect from Northern British Columbia. The surrounding parks, and mountains provide numerous trails for hiking. The region also home to many wildlife habitats; most notably the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, the only such sanctuary in North America, protects prime grizzly habitat. The waters are also home to abundant wildlife, where whales are plentiful. For many, the sight of humpbacks, grays, orcas, or minkes leaves an impression that will last a lifetime. The timing of your visit will determine what species you see.

The region is also home to the North Pacific Cannery, which is the oldest intact fish cannery on the West Coast of North America. The North Pacific Canning Company established it in 1889. The site consists of 30 buildings, 600 meters of boardwalk, and a unique working dock that is over 100 by 50 meters. The facility offers guided tours.

Location

The District of Port Edward is located 15 km (9 mi) south of Prince Rupert. The majority of the 18,387 hectares covered is undeveloped land consisting mostly of lush West Coast rainforest. The townsite itself lies along Inverness Passage, providing access for the fishing industry to over-land transportation.

A Step Back in Time

Named after King Edward VII, Port Edward was incorporated on June 29, 1966 when the Order-in-Council was signed by the Lieutenant Governor.

The Grand Trunk Railway decided to expand their operations to the North Coast of British Columbia in 1908. They laid out the townsite of Port Edward at that time. Speculators began to purchase large blocks of land in the area, however, Charles M. Hays (Grand Trunk’s President) put plans for Port Edward on hold when he ran his railway to Kaien Island instead. This site became known as Prince Rupert.

The military used the town was a base during WWI. This helped to put Port Edward on the map. Since then, the fishing, pulp, and paper industries have sustained it. Prior to this, Port Edward’s first actual building was built in 1913 and was to house Prince Rupert Hydro’s 1500 horse-power diesel oil plant, but this never occurred.

The Nelson family moved to the area in 1909 from Tromso, Norway. They became fully immersed in the fishing industry within the decade. Nelson Bros. Fisheries Ltd pioneered in the field of long-distance fish packing on the coast, and by the early 1960s, Port Edward had become the largest fish processing area in the North. Inclusions were the installations of BC Packers evaporator plant in 1949, crab canning equipment in 1953, a clam operation in 1959 and a shrimp operation in 1961.

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Kinnikinnick RV Park & Cabin Rentals

Kinnikinnick RV Park & Cabin Rentals

Port Edward

Nestled between ocean & mountains, Kinnikinnick features uniquely designed, beautiful & private level sites (serviced & unserviced), all of the amenities you expect including laundry, internet, firewood and more. With eagles soaring above and deer browsing about, the true flavor of the North Coast i ... Read more
Prince Rupert RV Campground

Prince Rupert RV Campground

Prince Rupert

Located conveniently on Hwy 16 less than half mile to BC and Alaska Ferries Terminal and minutes to downtown Prince Rupert. Stay and relax before you depart for or after you arrive from Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Islands, Port Hardy, or Alaska. ... Read more
Wild Duck Motel & RV Park

Wild Duck Motel & RV Park

Terrace

We welcome you to spend your nights at our exceptionally clean motel and RV Park, conveniently located close to town on Hwy 16 W. The motel has recently been renovated, updating the sleeping and kitchen units. All units feature alarm clock radios, high speed internet, full cable TV, fridge, and comp ... Read more
'Ksan Campground

'Ksan Campground

Hazelton

We here at the ‘Ksan Campground welcome guests with open arms. Come here for tenting and full-service sites. We are located near the Historical Pioneer Village of Hazelton and directly beside the Ksan Historic Museum and Village. Our small little town has various places for tourists to wander to a ... Read more
Glacier View RV Park & Cabin Rentals

Glacier View RV Park & Cabin Rentals

Smithers

Located in beautiful Smithers with panoramic views of glaciers. Join us for a relaxing vacation as you sit back and listen to the sounds of nature. We offer various accommodations, including cabins, cottages and serviced sites, to suit every need. Our self-contained cabins and cottages feature runni ... Read more
Riverside Municipal Campground

Riverside Municipal Campground

Smithers

Situated on the Bulkley River, Riverside Park Municipal Campground & RV Park is a beautiful, peaceful destination for guests wanting to relax on their holidays. Operated by the Town of Smithers, the campground offers safe, quiet and simple approach to camping. Enjoy spectacular views at your site an ... Read more
Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Campground

Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Campground

Telkwa

Every site overlooks the Bulkley River with mountain views and are able to access free unlimited WiFi at site. Full services include 30/50 amp, sewer, water, cable TV. We have a free RV Wash, free private shower rooms, free sauna, coin laundry, boat launch, campfires, nature trails. Can accommodate ... Read more
Takysie Lake Resort

Takysie Lake Resort

Burns Lake

Welcome to Takysie Lake Resort, the ideal vacation destination for both fishermen and non-fishermen! Sit on the dock or in your boat and watch the fish leap from the water to catch their meal. Relax in our tranquil getaway, listen to the sounds of the loons and watch ospreys soar across the sky. Sit ... Read more
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