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Skeena Cellulose Pulp Mill, Watson Island


The former Skeena Cellulose Pulp Mill facility, located in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, covers approximately 100 hectares on Watson Island, including the two lagoons. From north to south the former facility covers four major areas; the wharf area, the lower mill, the upper mill, and filled areas.

On site buildings include space for warehousing and storage, power generation facilities, water facilities and aboveground storage containers. Also on the site are major rail lines, sidings and a deep-sea dock.


With a history that includes the handling of explosives and half a century of active pulp production, the site contains an array of environmental contaminants (chemicals, waste dumps, building debris, etc.). The challenge of addressing this contamination, and the cost of identifying and remediating it, has proven to be a barrier to redevelopment in the past.


We believe the site is currently owned by the City of Prince Rupert. The Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams First Nation also have a depth of involvement and knowledge of the site. Premier has been dealing with Ryan Leighton, the Operations Officer of the Metlakatla First Nation.

There may also be legal challenges associated with the former owner and the province of British Columbia. We are presenting this information to you as we thought this type of property, with its challenges, may be of interest to you.

Metlakatla First Nation
Ryan Leighton
Operations Officer
Tel: (280) 622-8067

City of Prince Rupert
Department of Finance
Corinne Bomben, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (250) 627-0935
Fax: (250) 627-0918

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