F is for Finn Slough

A crisp winter morning dawns at Finn Slough, one of Richmond’s most picturesque and unconventional neighbourhoods. While the water looks calm, the settlement’s history is anything but. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, G2009.031.018.

G is for Georgia Strait

Canneries dot the Georgia Strait on this 1923 map. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery owes its name to a geographical error made by early explorers.

I is for Ice House

Two men brave the chill of the cold storage area at Namu Cannery, BC ca. 1940. Big blocks of ice were also stored in a little known part of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery plant. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, G2005.063.001q.

J is for John Sullivan Deas

An old boiler retires at the Deas Island Regional Park. Now a prime photo op, in its heyday it may have served to power the machines at the bustling Deas Island Cannery. Photo by Stephen Rees.

M is for Mail Order Brides

The Murakami family house, as it stands on display today at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, Steveston. Its original inhabitants were brought together through an unconventional form of matchmaking.

N is for Net Loft

A net loft crew is hard at work at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery plant. If the building was full of nets, where did all the salmon go? Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, CFC-3-18-6.

O is for Overfishing

Fishways located at Hell’s Gate, BC ca. 1950s, helped to direct salmon back to their spawning grounds after a man-made disaster blocked their path. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, 1997.

P is for Parks Canada

A family birthday is celebrated, July 2011. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and the Parks Canada Agency share a unique working relationship that keeps the Cannery’s doors open for future generations to learn about fishing on the West Coast.

R is for Rain Barrel

A cannery building at Sunnyside Cannery, BC, ca.1903-1930, is protected from fire by the barrels lined up on the roof. Traditional cannery buildings were notorious fire hazards. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society Archives, 1997.017.024.

S is for Steveston

Steveston’s Methodist church, seen here in 1908, is located at the corner of Second Avenue and Chatham Street. Today it has been converted into the Richmond Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop and is a familiar sight to those who wait at the bus stop outside its doors. City of Vancouver Archives, Out.P.690, N.297.