Posted by: Kate | November 22, 2010


We went for a walk in the cold air on Sunday (below freezing), enjoying the sunshine. We headed for a section of water that has recently been rescued from its industrial past. Much of our riverway in town has been used for hauling logs and goods, and also as a site for warehouses and work yards. As the businesses move or close, there is an effort being made to restore the river areas back to a natural state.

This particular section of water is a byway of the main river. It flows under the highway and meanders along until it joins up with the river close to the mouth. The work that has been done to restore it is wonderful, as we saw amazing waterfowl and enjoyed the trees and plants that have been planted.

The widest section of the water.

There is still industry nearby!

Lots of waterfowl around.

Probably the hardest section to restore was the section closest to the big river. This is a salmon-spawning channel, as evident by the smell and the large, dead fish visible in the water. It is also closest to the highway, so the most accessible. But it, too, has been restored to a peaceful waterway.

Weak, late fall sunshine.

Highway bridge for north-bound traffic.

Our favourite sight on the walk is another carving. This one guards the beginning of the trail. And yes, Bush Boy did do the entire walk in shorts, with no hat or mitts, and no sweater on over the t-shirt that is underneath the raincoat. He survived.

The raven watching over the benches.



  1. Great pics! Isn’t it amazing how kids don’t feel the cold?

  2. This is a wonderful project! It makes my heart swell to see stories like this. Thx for sharing, Kate. I LOVE the raven sculpture, amazing art to see ’round these parts.

    lol, aren’t all young’uns the same? Maybe it’s their high metabolism? I’d love to bottle it if I could.

  3. gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous restoration project.
    love that sculpture too. y’all have some amazing public art up there.

    children just don’t seem to get cold, do they?

  4. i haven’t been on that trail for a few years – it looks nice in the sunshine, although i know how cold it is. can’t believe your son only wore shorts – i wouldn’t have survived!

  5. Beautiful pictures. I love when such areas are restored. Love that carving too. My youngest son especially seems impervious to the cold. As soon as he gets outside, the hat and jacket (can’t seem to get him to wear mittens yet) just slide right off. Thank you for the lovely comments earlier.

  6. That is great that an effort is being made to restore the area to its natural habitat!

    It really bothers me when my kids under dress for the weather. They will tell me they are fine, which is probably true, but I always tell them that it is making me cold to look at them. :-)

  7. Are you ready for the bombardment? Even if not, here goes cuz I’ve missed catching up with you in this space!

    Thanks for sharing the info and pictures of this project…not only fascinating but it makes my heart swell to see restorative projects like this!

    When I was younger, I didn’t seem to feel the cold either. Oh how I wish that trait came with me to adulthood!!

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