Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Prince Rupert Port Authority commits $200,000 for North Pacific Cannery restoration project

It was a busy weekend in Port Edward for one of the North Coast's top attractions, as hundreds  of visitors gathered to celebrate the125th Anniversary events at the North Pacific Cannery Historical site on Saturday and Sunday.

And to add to the already good vibe of the weekend, a well received announcement of further funding towards renovations to the Cannery's Working Dock project was delivered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Ken Veldman, the Director of Public Affairs with the Prince Rupert Port Authority outlined the scope of the contribution of $200,000 from the Port's Community Investment Fund.

Money that will go towards restoration of the Cannery's Working Dock, a key aspect of the 2.3 million dollar preservation project currently underway at North Pacific.

“This restoration project preserves an important heritage site for future generations, creates local jobs and skills training opportunities, boosts tourism through an improved visitor experience, and increases the capacity for North Pacific Cannery to host large community functions and special events,” ... “For all these reasons, PRPA is proud to partner with the many other businesses and community groups contributing to this legacy.” -- Ken Veldman, Director of Public Affairs with the Prince Rupert Port Authority, outlining the impact of the ongoing work at North Pacific.

When the renovation project is complete, it will return to public use a portion of the site previously out of bounds to visitors, allowing for an expansion of guest capacity for North Pacific functions and adding to the experience for local visitors and tourists alike.

As part of that ongoing project, North Pacific signed a partnership agreement with the Prince Rupert Campus of Northwest Community College. The Agreement will provide for Trades Training opportunities on the North Pacific restoration site.

You can review more on last week's funding announcement from this item from the Prince Rupert Port Authority website.

Photos from the weekend's celebrations can be found from this link to the North Pacific twitter feed.

You can learn more about the North Pacific Cannery Historical Site  from their website.

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