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 a library and archive of historic documents, images, sound recordings, and 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.

For more information about ordering and using images, research requests, or donating items to the collection, please contact Heidi Rampfl, Collections Manager at or 604-664-9007. Please note that requests and donation offers need time for processing; walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Online Collections Database

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note: our oral history collection is the only collection currently available for searching in the database.

Oral Histories

Martinolich Fishing Films

This collection of eleven films donated by Glenn Martinolich range in date from 1955 to 1976 and feature footage of salmon and herring fishing up and down BC’s West Coast. The films were digitized in 2018 and available for viewing here for the first time.

PLEASE NOTE: These videos depict historic footage and in no way represent the values of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society or Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Film 1 – 1955 (note: this film has been edited)

Film 2 – 1957-1962

Film 3

Film 4 – 1960-1961 (note: this film has been edited)

Film 5 – 1962 (note: this film has been edited)

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