Sound Heritage: Navigating the Coast (PDF)



A History of the Union Steamship Company


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With the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, what had been a small settlement huddled around several sawmills became Vancouver, end point on the transcontinental railway.
As Vancouver grew, so did the hinterland surrounding it. The lumber industry soon exhausted timber available along nearby shores and logging operations moved up the coast. Similarly, with a growing market for salmon both domestically and in Europe, canneries were being constructed near spawning streams and rivers all the way north to the Nass River. Immigrants coming to Vancouver and British Columbia looking for land to homestead set their sights further and further up the coast for available land.

Serving the shipping needs of these booming new communities was the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company.


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