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This is Namu when the sun is setting.  The blue and white building used to be restaurant.

Just wanted to mention,I ran the store in 1994 and was the one who put that gas pump there.I had chairs set up there for my customers so they could relax and chat...Wish I was there now!!!!
paul galbraith
Monday, June 12th, 2006 at 19:21:34

hello i came across this site and i think its awsome that someone still cares i grew up in namu and i miss it alot
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 at 11:25:56

I visited namu bc in 1994 when I was 12. I loved it and cant wait to go back. Great shot!
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 at 19:40:34

I used to work here in the late 70's early 80's when it was a fish plant owned by BC Packers! Many funny and sad memories for me... I belive the building's shown here were once the company store, and the Camp Manager's house.
John Sinclair
Monday, July 31st, 2006 at 09:03:27

I worked in Namu from 1950 to 1954 during the summers while going to school. It was a vibrant place, very busy., Great basketball, movies and Saturday night dances. A lot of fun and great people.
Angus Lawson
Friday, March 21st, 2008 at 20:41:39

I worked as a cook in Namu in 1979. The people and the natural beauty there were awesome.
Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 22:09:56

My Dad and I used t stop over on our way to SE Alaska and back on our Commercial Fishing Boat. We always had a great time at Namu. I loved the folks that lived there in the 1960's and 70's. we always enjoyed our stay there. I returned to Namu in 2004 on our pleasure boat "RumRunner" and it was still beautiful, but I could remember better days of long ago, and almost had tears in my eyes as we looked over the remains of this once majestic thriving complex. It will always live on in my memory as it was during the times it was operating with so many wounderful people working togather there. Beautiful Picture, I miss this place and the people who worked there so many years ago.
Earl Soule
Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at 13:14:34

I worked in Namu during the summers from 1977 to 1980. I probably knew David (see posting above) and would likely recognize him if I saw a pic. He might have been the younger fellow who played guitar and sang Cars songs.
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:27:38

Does anyone know how to get into Namu? I lived there as a small child and would love to see it again.
Gina Rathnow Rokochy
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 13:16:30

i see gina is asking how to get back to namu. as an outsider looking at the beautiful picutres on internet of this area, i wonder why the area has been deserted? is there any people still living on this island? would sure appreciate any info on this. i get the fact that possibly the fishing industry closed. but seems like a lot of people just left. please adv any info tks bigred
Saturday, July 25th, 2009 at 15:17:10

Those of us who have been a part of this beautiful piece of "Cannery Town" history know what little diamond has to offer archaeologists, historians, hikers, kayakers, campers, divers, and just about anybody else on the planet. Someone who has money and great ideas, yet has the sensibility to respect how this town affected so many, could turn this into a very profitable endeavor. Anyone know any millionaires or investors who like to think outside the box?
Gina Rathnow Rokochy
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 16:01:55

hey this is a great picture . it took me back to my child hood days fishin with the family .going to dock at the harbour, i sure miss the place
scott white
Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 09:49:01

I too lived in Namu in the early 50's. It was the best place to be a kid. My sister and I will often remark on a Namu memory. It's hard the believe it was one of the world's largest cannery and reduction plant. Anyone remember the smell!!!?
Allan McDonald
Sunday, March 7th, 2010 at 22:53:11

I lived there in the 50's with my family. We came there from Denmark. My dad was the town's electrician. I also have many fond memories of the town and the people. I'm retiring to Bella Coola, the closest to what I consider "going home". I bet mt brothers, Erik and Jens, and I knew you back then, Allan.
ida eriksen
Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at 05:39:52

Yes, I absolutely remember the smell!!! And the 5 o'clock whistle... that was always the cue to come home from whatever adventure we were on... or to hurry up ad get out of whatever trouble we were in. lol.
Gina Rathnow Rokochy
Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 16:18:54

I spent 11 seasons living and working in Namu from 1970 to 1973 and later from 1977 to 1983. It's a beautiful place and its a shame that it is decaying and falling into the ocean. Our family lived in the house on the right in this picture at the top of the hill during the fishing seasons from 70 to 73 when my dad, Milton Adelson, was the office manager there. As far as the descriptions of the other pictures on these pages, there were never any hotels in Namu. The buildings described as "hotels" were all bunkhouses where the male workers lived. Some time around 1977 a group of workers put up a sign on one bunkhouse and called it "Namu Hilton". A couple of years later, a friend of mine, Kevin Oya, painted a beautiful sign which we put up on our bunkhouse that became known as "The Edgewater Inn".
Lyle Adelson
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at 09:56:59

My dad grew up in Namu and we did a father/son fishing trip there in 1990. I just re-watched the home movies, great memories.
Paul Benson
Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 21:12:26

I worked in Namu in the Summer and Fall in 1957 in the Tally office and also the general office. I have fond memories of the great people I met there and also the fun dances. The food was great---thankfully I loved the fish. Had fun fishing off the docks. One of my co workers even made a sailboat out of an old skiff. I was there when the satellite Sputnik was launched. Tried to see it, but no luck. Also remember the natives jigging for salmon off the bridge over the small river. Roderick {Rod Lawson}, Montreal.
Rod Lawson
Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 20:05:35

Love the pictures. Sad to see it fading away. I worked in Namu 1957 and 1958. A lot of students would meet there for the summer and work and have fun. Often think of it and the friends made, often wonder what they went on to accomplish in their lives. I worked in an area called the cooling tank. My partner for the two years was an aboriginal man that had scoliosis. I have been in Manitoba for most of my working life.
Allan Fleury
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 12:59:47

I worked in the mess-hall when I was 16 yrs old for two summer seasons. The first year I was there with with my mother alone and the second season my sister Renate joined us. We where living in Bella Coola at the time. Having left the flat country of Manitoba,this beautiful west coast of Canada reminded me of Norway. Some admirers painted a rock in up- stream some where with Stardust on it. I am sure it is gone now. Stardust was my my nickname. With fondest memories of everyone there at the time. Thordis Brandt ( look me up on the internet)
Thordis Brandt
Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 10:49:28

Re comment of Alan Fleury. I worked at Namu in the summers of 59, 60, and 61. I spent many hours on the cooling tank and remenber the native with scloioses well. His name I think was Sam. A very gentle man. Like all of thje comments, Namu has many fond memories for me. I retired from work in '01 and moved to Vancouver Island. First summer I was here I drove to Pt. Hardy and we chartered a plane to take us to that magic place. I was sad to see the derelect buildings and the broken sections of the boardwalk, and the sensless vandalism to the old staff homes. Went up to the lake and could not reach the swimming beach. Bridge caved in. Will always remember that plaxce
Dave Floyd
Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 19:52:25

Can anyone live in Namu? I like quiet spots like that.
vanne hanisch
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 18:10:50

I haven't been to this site for a while so it is great to read everyone's comment's. I do remember you Ida and and your brothers and you played with my sister Beverly. We first lived in Toonerville and then moved to the new houses by the school. I also remember the Benson's who if I remember correctly lived either next door to you or line that row above the nurses station.
Allan McDonald
Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at 18:09:01

hi ida hi allan going over these sites i relive every is still home to me. i cried the last time i was there. walking around i could hear and relive every moment.and gina i worked with your dad werner in the cannery in 1964.
cecil johnson
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 18:21:20

I am researching some family history and would appreciate any information:

My grandfather and grandmother, Allan & Georgina Craig immigrated from Scotland in or around 1911 to Namu. My grandfather became the manager of the fish cannery facility. Apparently my grandmother who was a nurse saved a young native lads life and assisted the native population with various medical ailments. The Craigs eventually moved to Kildonan where Mr. Craig took up the cannery manager position for a number of years. I do realize that this history was so long ago but if anyone has access to archival information on the Craig's or the native lad who's life was saved I would greatly appreciate any help. Sincerely....Allan Scott Mr. Craigs grandson

Allan Scott
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 21:30:47

in 1966- 1968 i was 4 years old and have never forgotten Namu their were thousands of birds their we got 21 ducks in one day the water was beautiful. I remember when my dad and I were out in the water this moose was swimming from an island it was pretty kool. you could see his breath wow never forgot and their was this kid jimmy he would make sail boats sometimes they didnt capsize the boats were usually pretty good we would always watch him send them off cruse ships would come only once a month no milk first day no milk for month till next ship. The hummingbirds were beautiful I have never forgot. It was a beautiful island and the water could change in a heartbeat i still have pictures from deserted logging camp my dads name was Dennis Louie. My name is Ron I will never forget I am now 49
ron louie
Friday, November 25th, 2011 at 21:24:31

The very nice picture brings back many memories. I worked in Namu in what was probably the summer of 1970. I would like to see the place again before it all falls down in the ocean!
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 14:16:39

Oh my goodness, I was looking for pictures of Namu and came across this picture. We lived in Namu until I think 1964. My father Bill Teichman worked in the cannery. I have so many fond memories of living in this beautiful little town. Going up to the lake, going over to Calvert Island for summer picnics. I recognize some of the names. Ida, I think you were friends with my sister Gloria. Gina, I do recogize your last name.
Diane (Teichman)
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 13:16:50

I worked in Namu with Fred and Aida Welland is a Marine Electronic Tech for a summer/fall. We brought up my 200 pound St. Bernard who traveled with me throughout the camp as we serviced boats. No one has mentioned the boardwalk that followed the river up to the lake behind the camp. A trip up that boardwalk was about as good as it gets. My family was involved with building the cannery in the late 1800s and early 1900's so there is a draw to that lonely, isolated fish processing camp that I can now understand. When the fishing season ended that year I had to wait for a Goose to fly in to fly my dog out so I had a chance to explore the camp from one end to the other. The net loft attics were full of treasures from the camps history. Neat stuff
Tom Goss
Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 12:28:50

Hi, I have a marine sounder called "The Leadsman" which was made in Namu by Coast Radar and Communications Ltd., P.O. Box 62, Namu, V0T 1N0, British Columbia.

It can read the water depth and gives a spoken word as to the number of fathoms (or maybe even feet?) I tried it out for a while on my troller, years ago, but quickly found that the constant voice reading was not conducive to concentrating on all the other things that I had to pay attention to. In other words, it drove me batty!

It is however a very unique piece of BC marine history, and I am wondering what to do with it. It definitely should be in a BC marine museum.

Alan Pattinson
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 19:49:01

I was stationed in Namu with the RCMP as a young constable around 53-54. It was a one man detachment at the time. My job was to keep the peace, which wasn't too difficult. Got a little busy on Saturday nights, but all in all a great experience. I have a few stories, which I won't divulge. Sad to see the old buildings fading away.
Courtney Atkinson
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 23:26:10

I have fond memories. May father was a commercial fisherman and we docked here for days in the early 80's, It was beautiful! It is sad to see that it is abandoned and such a amazing piece of history being lost.
Lisa Cartwright
Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 08:06:13

Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2001
Film: Fuji Velvia 50 (slide)
Lens: 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S Zoom-Nikkor
Photographer: John Harvey
Tag: derelict, building
Larger image: 1341 x 2000

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