River walk - September 22, 2018
group of naturalists led by Kyle Fitzpatrick was not deterred by the
rain and wind.
importance of the Shuswap River as a salmon highway, the well written
signage along the river bank depicts the history of the village.
First Nations used the Shuswap as a highway for hunting
loggers used the river for transportation of logs as far
away as Mabegnage.. It
shows that this river is not just a pretty face but was the vital
common denominator for the survival of those who first populated the
area. Bricks were made from
clay from its banks and wheat and dairy products were carried in paddle
wheelers to market. Nowadays with other modes of transport, people are
still aware of the crucial need to keep this river healthy in the face
of ever encroaching irrigation and water needs as well as conflicts
with tourism demands. Each season we visit this bountiful
river we need to be vigilant of pitfalls for the animals and plants
that count on us to be their voices. Thanks to Kyle for
bringing this jewel to our attention.
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Photos by Jo-Ann Smith