Mmmmmm Canned Peas

The Napanee Canning Company started in 1905 by Thomas Symington and W.A. Carson who would be the president of the canning company and the secretary-treasurer/manager respectively.

The wages of the floor workers at the company were between 6 to 8 cents an hour for women, and 10 to 12 ½ cents an hour for men.

The company was very successfully making around $7,000 a year, however by 1909 that had been reduced to less than $1,000 per year. March 9, 1910 Dominion Canners Ltd bought the Napanee Canning Company. The Napanee Canning Company’s brand was “Canada’s Pride” as can be seen on this can. The primary types of food that were canned at the Napanee Canning Company were fruits and vegetables such as the peas that would have started out in this artifact.

The canning plant would close in the early 1950’s and was sold in 1957.

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Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm

Macpherson House & Park hours

Closed for the season – stay tuned for 2023 updates

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Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm*, 1pm –4pm

*closed from 12pm –  1pm 

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Adults: $3
Children under 12: free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5

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