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There’s more than the tides rising in Prince Rupert …

Salt Water is the essence of life on the north coast, and symbolizes two of the essential three ingredients in traditional bread making – grain, water and salt – brought to life by natural fermentation through the skilled hands of the craft baker.

Offering a wide array of natural hearth baked breads, signature pies and pastries showcasing ingredients from our forests, seas, and gardens, Salt Water Bakery will change the way you think about bread and baked goods in Prince Rupert.

Our bright, open concept bakeshop in eclectic Cow Bay will be a place to linger, and watch the bakers work their craft while enjoying the tastes and aromas of a fresh new bakery experience.

We look forward to breaking bread with you starting summer winter 2022/3 (like a slow-rising loaf, good things take time…)

“ The flavour of bread shared has no equal ”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A Gitxaała Business

In Sm’algax, the Gitxaała people refer to themselves as “Git Lax M’oon”, meaning “People of the Salt Water.”

Salt Water Bakery & Provisions is an initiative of the Gitxaała Nation, envisioned to improve the availability of healthier, better quality food options in our community, while creating worthwhile skilled livelihood opportunities.

Throughout history, the providers of our food were highly esteemed members of our communities. By showcasing the crafts of local food producers, we will demonstrate that producing the food that sustains us is a highly respectable and fulfilling occupational choice, and foster a sense of community-wide respect not just to our bakers but for all of our food providers.


Operations Manager

We are seeking a creative individual with a passion for good food, and an acumen for small business. Add your energy and expertise to help shape this project from the ground up, and to the successful launch of this exciting new food initiative for Prince Rupert. Experience in small retail business management is needed, and skills and creativity around food production and preparation are an asset. Details on the Operations Manager opportunity are here.

Head Baker

Do you have a passion for the craft of traditional bread making and scratch baking? Are you a good mentor, adept at sharing your skills and knowledge? And are you ready for a next adventure in a friendly, diverse city with small town feel in spectacular northwest BC? Then we would love to chat with you! We are seeking an experienced baker, ideally with Red Seal certification or equivalent, to take on our head baker role and get involved in building this exciting project from the ground up. Details on the Head Baker opportunity are here.

Our consulting baker is Jonathan Knight, a journeyman baker with 20 years professional bake shop experience. Jonathan has coordinated the establishment of two social enterprise bakeries – including the Skeena Bakery in New Hazelton – and was the founder of True Grain Bread on Vancouver Island:

“Jonathan Knight established his bakery along the main road, thereby transforming the little village into an epicenter of the artisanal movement on the island.” Condé Nast Gourmet Magazine, Aug 2009

Get a flavour for life in the northwest, the unique businesses and some of the interesting folks that call our region home:

We’ll have further employment opportunities for apprentice bakers and counter staff soon.