Previous Old Hotel in Namu
20 of 26 from Nigei Island to Namu


This boardwalk used to go around to the old hotel. The hotel has two stories and
approximatly 40 rooms. It's not doing so well now.

My name is Wayne Fredriksen, and I was raise in Namu from 1950 until '70s. As a teenager I worked in the cannery during the summer months. My father was marine superintendant for B.C. Packers for many years. In the summer young people came from all over, Bella Coola, Vancouver and the Island. The place we stayed at was the bunkhouse. The picture shown above. The closest it came to a hotel was when the guys called it the Namu Hilton. We stayed at the bunkhouse and eat our meals at the mess hall just down the board walk from the bunkhouse. The bunkhouse was only occupied 3 or 4 months out of the year and then it was boarded up... After working in Namu for my growing up years I later worked on packer boats, commercial fished and did charter sports fishing business. So I lived and worked in the Namu area for over 40 years. From the hayday of B.C. Packers to the demise of both Namu and B.C. Packers. So that the story and I have many more. Thank-you Wayne.
Wayne Fredriksen
Thursday, May 11th, 2006 at 19:49:01

I, too, was raised in Namu. I lived there from 1959 - 1967. My dad was the foreman at the reduction plant. I was very sad to see (in your picture) how deteriorated the boardwalk has become. I have MANY happy memories of my years living in Namu. Thank you for posting this picture.
Gina Rokochy (nee Rathnow)
Thursday, January 24th, 2008 at 16:53:30

Hi, I was glad to see your picture of Namu, We used to stop there when in route to Alaska, and back to the states. I was there again in 2004 when we went to Alaska on our 52 foot Yacht. I took lots of pictures because I knew that I may not ever get the chance to do it again. I almost cryed while walking the old board walks, and looking at the decay of such a once butiful, active, and interesting place. alot of things went through my mind as I slowly looked at what had become of a beautiful memory. I was just a kid when my dad and I would stop by, Dad knew the Superintendant, and the Machinest there and we were always welcome when we arrived. It is so sad to see such a beautiful way of life come to such a fateful end. I truely feel for all of you and the many fanilys that were affected. The crash of the Fisheeries has hurt us all, Canada, and in the United States, I only wish we could get things back togatheer again like it once was. As Always Best of wishes, Earl W. Soule M/V. Rumrunner
Earl Soule
Saturday, March 15th, 2008 at 22:49:44

As the poster above noted, that's one of the bunkhouses. In fact we painted the sign "Edgewater Inn" and nailed it above the porch. I was there Summers from 1977 to 1980. One year my room was the third window from the left side of the porch, just behind that pole. Fond memories indeed.
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 12:36:52

I was born in Bella Bella BC and lived in Namu for the first 5 years of my life, I remember having lots of fun playing in an area with no fences and I had a small group of other children to play with. We could go almost anywhere, everyone on our street knew each other so we always did most everything together. After my Dad Frank Brynelson was killed in a motorcycle crash my mother Corra, brothers and myself moved to Bella Coola BC. that was in 1965, we lived there until Dec. 1968, then we moved to Vancouver we lived with our relatives until September of 1968/69. Then we moved to Chilliwack BC.I still live here my brothers live elsewhere in the lower mainland.
Barbara Gerhard
Monday, December 28th, 2009 at 23:11:25

Babara, I remember your mom and dad. I lived in Namu from '52 to'60 when my dad died. I remember your dad as this really nice amiable guy who was lots of fun for a kid to be around and your mom as being really pretty and awfully shy. They were a lovely couple and seemed so much in love. The whole town used to go on picnics to Calvert Island and I remember sitting and talking to your parents then.
ida eriksen
Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at 05:51:08

Hi Barbara! It's been a while since I've check this site. A nice surprise to see your name. I'm in Chilliwack as well. How's your mom? Mine's in Mexico enjoying the sun, my dad's in Hope. Do you remember me? I've kept an eye on the happenings in Namu over the years just like a lot of others. The town is now up for sale for $1.5M. What a great resort this historic piece of BC's history would make. Wish it wasn't so darn expensive to get back there for a visit. It'll be interesting to watch what unfolds.
Gina Rathnow Rokochy
Thursday, August 12th, 2010 at 16:19:01

My parents and my 3 brothers moved to Bella Bella in 1946. We then moved to Namu when the new plant was built in 1947. We lived there until 1962 when the cannery burnt down. The first job as a young lad was in the cannery. I worked there when I was not in school. I have so many wonderful memories of those times. I always felt it was a gift to experience that lifestyle.
Danny Campbell
Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 21:46:58

I lived there with my parents and brother in the mid 70's. I have fond memories of whipping around on those boardwalks on my "Bigwheel" My father Mark Jackson worked at the boatworks... and my mother Darlene in the cannery. I seem to recall my brother and I bowling in a bowling alley but we had to set the pins up ourselves. I am saddened by the state it's now in. I pray to one day go back if only for a day. I was baptized on the Thomas Crosby and we lived next door to Cathy and Richard Hildebrandt who were my god parents.
Micki Jackson
Sunday, December 4th, 2011 at 21:12:33

Greetings everyone. I see my sister has already been here and left her message. I guess it is incumbent upon me to add a little more. I also was born in Bell Bella in 1957 (only there for 3 or 4 days) then lived in Namu until 1965 when, after my dad was killed in a motorcycle mishap, our family moved down to Bella Coola, from there we moved to Haigensborg. I went to Vancouver in 1968 for summer school and mom, Gerry and Barb followed that summer. We stayed with my Uncle Bill and his family for about a year. We then moved to Chilliwack in 1969. I lived there until 1979 when I got outta "Dodge." and moved down to the lower main land.

I met and married my soulmate Wendy(nee Epp) November 1981. We have three wonderful kids (young adults now) We moved to Abbotsford in 1992 and have been here since. Gerry lives with his family in Delta. Mom still lives in the same house she bought in 1969.

My memories of Namu are varied, everything from watching the reduction plant burn down twice, my dad and the rest of the people sand bagging due to fears of a Tsunami that was reported going to strike the coast after the massive earth quake in Alaska. I remember going "hunting" with my plastic Winchester rifle and my trusty dog Chipsie I remember doing watchman duties with my uncle Hap through the net loft, the smell of the nets is still with me.

If I hear the sound of either a sea gull or a raven it brings me back there a few seconds

I remember watching Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii and for the longest time, thinking he'd really dove off that cliff into the ocean,,was a little disappointed to learn it was a stunt double.

Other memories are when the Namu Killer Whale was captured in 1966, she in the net enclosure and her mate calling to her out side the net..was so sad. I remember my dad teaching me how to tie knots and how to shoot my .22 rifle. He even let me shoot his 30.06..let's just say the bullet went somewhere and I landed on my butt.

Jim Brynelson
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 01:28:43

Wow, this is an amazing sight. We lived in Namu also. My father worked in the cannery for many years, transfering to Steveston. I would love to go back to see Namu. I have so many fond memories. All your names sound very familiar. The Steveston plant is nothing but condo's now. Such a shame. I remember going to the Namu reunion in Delta many, many years ago. I bet most of the original Namuites are now gone, only the children left.
Diane Forch (Teichman)
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 14:21:04

my name is joseph i worked in namu in 61-62-63 in cookhouse it waqs great place,to bad it shut down , i went to work in ocean -falls after
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 19:27:23

My name is Dave White I lived in namu from 65,66 and part of 67 so many memories my grand parents Wes and Amy Graham ran the store. Ive been back several times over the years sad to see the condition it is i miss those days at the lake.
David White
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 22:00:24

Wow - what a neat site! I first saw Namu in the summer of 1957. I had been hired as a deckhand by Nels Hansen on his 40' collector, KINKY KID. We picked up fish from gillnetters between Finn Bay and Namu and delivered to Namu each day. Every other day we had to run back to Finn Bay so we could start out in the morning. Another boat would start out of Namu and we would collect fish from all the BCP gillnetters before heading back to the cannery. I loved the job so much that I worked with Nels for three seasons. The last summer there (1959) I met Bing Crosby and got his autograph. Mark Fredriksen was our boss and his dad, Mike looked after the net floats in Finn Bay. I was playing crib with Mike when I got my one and only 29 hand! Great memories!
Paul Friis
Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at 13:12:00

It is so sad to see the condition of Namu & the boardwalks. My dad Ken Scott was an engineer in the cannery for a year in either 1956 or 57 not sure which, but I was about 9 or 10 & loved Namu. Always wanted to go back & see it. As a kid you could roam free & safe all by yourself. Loved exploring the boardwalks & going down exploring the tide pools when the tide was out.
Bernice Hansen
Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 07:31:39

Hi, I recently was on a sailing trip past Namu. It sounds like there are a lot of people interested in how Namu is doing. I have some pictures from May of 2014 here:
Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 23:08:46

Good memories and enjoyed reminiscing. I was there from 1955-1965. Great fun and great people. Some of our best stories from Namu!
Gordek Nordentoft
Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 15:33:59

Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2001
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