Salmon Canning


SALMON CANNING in BC began on the FRASER R near NEW WESTMINSTER in 1867, when James SYME opened the first cannery in an abandoned saltery. His operation failed, but 2 others begun in the same vicinity in 1871 succeeded in launching a permanent industry. By 1881 there were 10 canneries on the Fraser, exporting 142,516 cases of fish. For the most part they concentrated at STEVESTON and LADNER near the mouth of the river. Canneries spread up the coast as well; the first opened on the SKEENA R in...

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