District of Port Edward
Port Edward Overview
Port Edward is a small community located on the mainland, south of Prince Rupert, and west of Terrace. The District itself consists of approximately 18,387 hectares, bordered by the Skeena River, Inverness Passage, and mountains north of Highway 16. It is accessible by road and by water.
Due to its proximity to Prince Rupert, residents of the community are able to take advantage of employment opportunities and services available in Port Edward or Prince Rupert. Residents enjoy the natural surrounding while living in a small charming community.
The District of Port Edward Municipal Office is located at 770 Pacific Avenue adjacent to the Community Center and the Port Edward Elementary School.
The Community Center functions as a gathering center for celebrations, open houses and private and public events and serves as a Gymnasium for the Elementary school during school hours.
The Port Edward Elementary school offers education for children from kindergarten to grade five; while older children commute to Prince Rupert to attend middle school and high school.
The District encompasses two provincial parks, an ecological reserve and a major historical attraction North Pacific Cannery. This area is also known for its west coast native culture a significant part of history. Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant, and include fresh-water and salt-water sport fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and boating. Because of its time-honoured presence, west coast native culture is a prominent feature of the area.
The District of Port Edward is located 15 km south of Prince Rupert. The majority of the 18,387 hectares covered is undeveloped land consisting mostly of lush West Coast rain forest.
The population is approximately 544.
ECONOMY Industry, forestry and fishing are the driving forces that provide most of the employment opportunities for the residents of Port Edward. These industries are located in Port Edward and in Prince Rupert. Tourism also provides seasonal employment through fishing charters, site seeing tours and the North Pacific Cannery Museum.
There are approximately 200 houses in Port Edward. There is one small apartment complex. A 1993 survey showed approximately 79% of residences were owner-occupied, and 21% were renter-occupied. Port Edward has the capacity and potential to grow to accommodate industry or residential growth.
Transportation to and around Port Edward is varied. The area is served by Air Canada & Hawkair through the Digby Island Airport located in Prince Rupert. Harbour Air and Inland Air provide service to outlying villages through its fleet of sea planes based in Seal Cove in Prince Rupert.
LAND There is access to VIA Rail and Canadian National Railways, terminal located in Prince Rupert. Greyhound Canada has a depot in Prince Rupert. B.C. Transit provides bus service between Port Edward and Prince Rupert, six times daily except holidays and Sundays. During the summer months also travels to North Pacific Cannery.
WATER Prince Rupert is a terminus for BC Ferries routes to Port Hardy, and to the Queen Charlotte Islands. It is a southern terminus for the Alaska State Ferries system. There is also ferry service to the outlying communities that are not accessible by road. The area is served by RivTow and the major motor carriers. Over-land transportation takes place on Highway 16 (Yellowhead).
The Community Center has been upgraded and improved to work as a gymnasium for the elementary school. During the school term the Community Center is mainly used by the school and evening and weekends available to the community. The Community Center has capacity for 200; included with the rental you will find some table and chairs. It also contains a commercial kitchen and bathrooms (wheelchairs access is available).
There are two playgrounds in the community. One located at the old school and a new one located in front of the new elementary school. A small tot park is also located on Sunset drive.
In the center of the community you will find a playing field and a ball diamond. Adjacent to the playing field you will find a skateboard park.
There are several sites in the community that are used as day time parks those include Fisher Point, Kloya Bay, Rainbow Lake, Diana Lake and Prudhomme Lake Provincial Park.
Port Edward also has a public boat launch with twin launch areas. A very attractive feature for those that love the water.
An alternative can be a peaceful walk along the community with a rest at the beautiful gazebo located in front of the municipal building.
The community is served by the local Port Edward Lions’ Club and the Church of Christ the King (Anglican).
COMMUNICATIONS AND NEWS MEDIA
Canada Post Corporation operates a post office next to Maverick Foods. Hours of service are:
Monday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Northern View
The Northern Connector
The District Update
MEDICAL AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES
There are medical services available in Prince Rupert. Prince Rupert Regional Hospital offers a full range of services. There are 15 general practioners in the community and seven specialists. Other facilities include Acropolis Manor and Prince Rupert Community Health. Federal and provincial government services are also located in Prince Rupert.
The District is administered by a Council consisting of a Mayor and four Councillors, a District Administrator, Director of Corporate Services, Public Works Department assisted by an Administrative Assistant and an Accounting Clerk.
A team of 9 volunteers is responsible for fire protection and rescue service for the District of Port Edward. Their equipment includes one fire truck and a rescue van.
Recycling facilities are located beside the Post Office next to Maverick Foods.
Maverick Foods offer supplies and services for those traveling by sea and by land. Gas and food are available. Kinnicknick Campground is located in Port Edward with private level sites (serviced & unserviced); amenities include coin laundry, internet, TV, fire wood and more. Moorage for boats and vessels can often be obtained at the Small Craft harbour operated by the Port Edward Harbour Authority.
MUSEUMS AND HISTORIAL SITES
North Pacific Cannery Village Museum is located in Port Edward. The area has been home to a number of fish canneries and processing plants for over one hundred years. This industry has brought together people from all over the world, and has played an important role in the development of the area as we know it today.
The North Pacific Cannery Village Museum, operated by the Port Edward Historical Society, seeks to preserve this aspect of the area’s history. The cannery was built in 1889, and continued to operate until 1968. In 1985 it was designated a National Historic Site, and has been a museum since then.
There are traces of some of the other 200 canneries that operated here in the heyday of the fishing industry. A few kilometers before North Pacific there is a sign that marks the site of the Inverness Cannery. Beyond North Pacific is Cassiar Cannery, a privately owned site.