The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society cares for over 7,500 artifacts in two collections: one belonging to Parks Canada, and the other to the Society. In addition to these objects, there is an archive of historic documents, images, sound recordings, and a reference books. Collectively, these items tell the story of the West Coast fishing industry, and reflect the people, places, and events that were integral to this history.
Donating to the Collections
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society collects objects and archival materials (photos, documents, etc.) relating to the history of the West Coast fishing industry. However, due to limitations in space for storage, we are not able to accept every donation. In deciding whether to accept items offered for the collection, we consider the following criteria:
- Significance – How does the item relate to the story of the West Coast fishing industry?
- Condition/ quality – Is the item in good condition?
- Provenance – Is the history of ownership/ use of the item documented or well known?
- Connection – Is the item related to other items in the collection, a well known person, or event in the fishing industry?
- Care – Does the Society have the resources to properly care for the item?
If you are interested in donating an item to the collection, contact the Collections Manager. Walk in donations cannot be accepted. Please make an appointment before bringing your item to the Cannery.
Historic Photo Collection
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society archival collection contains over 5000 historic photos depicting activities relating to the West Coast fishing industry; past and present. The entire collection has been digitized and will be available in a new online Collections database, due to launch April 2017. Until then, you may contact the Collections Manager for assistance with finding, using, and/or purchasing copies of images from our collection.
Contribute your historic fishing photos!
Have some photos to add to our collection? We would like to hear from you! You can donate originals or we can scan your photos and keep only digital copies. For more info, contact the Collections Manager.
Fishing the West Coast Annual Photography Contest and Archive Project
As part of our mission the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society aims to document various aspects of the commercial fishery and collect stories and experiences to share with the public of today and tomorrow. The Fishing the West Coast Annual Photography Contest and Archive Project is one of the Society’s strategies to preserve the knowledge and the memory of the industry as it is today.
For more details or to enter, please see the contest website.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is proud to be a resource for researching the history of the West Coast fishing industry. To request assistance with your research, please contact the Collections Manager.
Where extensive time or resources are required to assist with research, a fee may be assessed. Please note that access to materials in the Reference Library and Archival Collections must be scheduled in advance and be facilitated by the Collections Manager.
For inquiries related to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Collections, contact Heidi Rampfl, Collections Manager at email@example.com or 604-664-9007.