Building of the South Fraser Perimeter Road impacts BC heritage

Glenrose Cannery, photo by Rhiannon Coppin

“The provincial government originally claimed no heritage properties would be impacted by the building of the SFPR.”

North Delta’s 115 year old Glenrose Cannery structure is coming down, piece by piece.¬† The main reasons for the cannery’s demotion are the development of the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR), the cannery’s natural deterioration, and its potential as a fire hazard. The old growth wood of the structure, however, will be saved for repurposing.

This location is significant because of its rich history. The Glenrose Cannery was built during the height of the salmon fishing and canning industry on the Fraser River, over a hundred years ago. The site is also significant for its archaeological importance. An archaeological impact assessment conducted in 2001 unearthed artefacts dating as far back as 9,000 years, making it one of the oldest sites in BC. First Nations groups including Coast Salish, the Tsawwassen Band and the Cree Sioux Nation are involved in a lawsuit to stop the highway construction.

To learn more, refer to the Surrey Now article, the Tyee article, or the Livable Blog.

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