Port Edward, Tsimpsean Peninsula

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Port Edward, Tsimpsean Peninsula

by | Jun 28, 2020

Port Edward is a community located on the Tsimpsean Peninsula opposite Ridley Island, about 98 miles (158 km) southeast of Ketchikan and 9 miles (15 km) south of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. In the last century the community supported the numerous canneries in the Skeena River estuary, but now connected with a highway, tourism is a mainstay of the economy and many Port Edward residents commute to Prince Rupert.

The Tsimpsean Peninsula is located on the north side of the mouth of the Skeena River and immediately southeast of Port Edward. The name is after the Tsimshian people, and was conferred in 1927 by the Geographic Names Board of Canada, who noted the variety of spellings then in use. Aberdeen Passage and Eleanor Passage separate the peninsula from Smith and De Horsey Islands, which are immediately south, and like other waters in the area are part of the Skeena estuary

A liquified natural gas terminal was proposed for Lelu Island, adjacent to the townsite of Port Edward. The project was a major joint-venture between the Malaysian state oil and gas company, Petronas, and significant partners including Sinopec and JAPEX. This $11 billion (CAD) project, if constructed, would have brought significant economic activity to Port Edward. The project was cancelled on July 25, 2017. Read more here and here. Explore more of Port Edward here:

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