Butedale, Princess Royal Island

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Butedale is a former salmon cannery located on the shore of Butedale Passage on the northeast side of Princess Royal Island, along the Inside Passage to Alaska, and approximately 59 miles (95 km) south of Kitimat in northwestern British Columbia. The site now consists of deteriorating buildings, structures, and wharves.

In 1918 it was the northernmost salmon cannery in British Columbia established by Western Packers which was later purchased and operated by the Canadian Fishing Company. The peak summertime population was over 400 people until it ceased operating in the 1950's. There is a small dam behind the town which generates hydropower from Butedale Lake, and impressive Butedale Falls flows out of the lake into the ocean immediately to the right of the wharves.

Butedale is very isolated, only accessible by boat and floatplane, and the abandoned structures are quickly falling to ruin. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Butedale and the Inside Passage.