Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Tiny History Lesson

Last weekend, still raining and dreary and grey out, we decided to get out of the house and go for a drive. My partner insisted I bring along my camera...even though I thought it might be too yick outside for any photos. Apparently he had an idea of where we'd go and thought I might find it interesting.

And I really did! Little did I know that Richmond has a fair amount of history and historical sites that I had never heard of...and I grew up here in the Lower Mainland. Shame on me!

First, he drove till he found the first site: Finn Slough. It's a tiny 1900's fishing village on the water that still has something like 50 residents, though the land is very much disputed by Richmond itself. (see history links below!)

The bridge over the slough - those boards in the middle get removed to let boats pass through!

Finn Slough bridge

 Some interesting buildings, and a boat:
Finn Slough 3

Ramshackle net shed at the end of the bridge:
Finn Slough 2


More buildings:
Finn Slough 5

View to the right side of the bridge:
Finn Slough

Wonderful restored building:
Finn Slough 7

Another neat building (do you see all the boots attached to the building?!):
Finn Slough 4

The boardwalk on the public side of the fence. There are some private areas (as people live here year round), so please make sure to respect their privacy if you decide to visit!
Finn Slough boardwalk 2

The Eva. A historic boat which you might read of in the history:
Finn Slough Eva

It's so much easier to give you links to Finn Slough's history and provide you with photos, than to try and educate you on history, here.

Some history of Finn Slough:
http://www.michaelkluckner.com/bciw1finnslough.html

http://www.finnslough.com/Heritage%20Pages/a_small_history_of_finn_slough.htm

And the Finn Slough Heritage & Wetland Society

We also visited the historic Steveston waterfront, which has quite a few restored or reconstructed buildings and lots of posted history...though it was starting to get a little dingy out, so I'll only post a few photos. It's definitely an interesting place to take the kids (or your partner) and browse around!

britannia shipyard

Historic Steveston

historic steveston 3

historic steveston 2

After the historic waterfront area, we took a quick trip through the shopping area of the Village of Steveston, but it ws pretty dark by that point...I've got to come back in the summer, for sure!!

All in all, very interesting, rain and all! The Lower Mainland area has a lot of history...which I know we forget about too much. If you get a chance, check out Richmond...PLUS the Steveston Village has tons of interesting little shops and eateries so that you can make it a whole-day trip. :o)

4 comments:

Shannon O | Confessions of a Loving Wife March 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Very cool pics... Next time I'm in BC I just may have to check these spots out.

Andie March 20, 2010 at 6:12 PM  

Definitely, Shannon O! There are a ton of neat places to see in BC! :o)

T Marie March 21, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

Great photos! Looks like it was a fun day!

Aprons by MeMe April 23, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

Wow, these pictures are Amazing. You are a Fantastic Photographer. These would be great prints. Hope you are doing great!!!!!

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