a very careful but brisk walk along the frozen edge of the mighty fraser. temperature -4C with a wind chill to -15C.
today, january 3, 2016 the fraser river is nearing it lowest level, however, come spring and summer it will rise dramatically by about 8 metres, as measured at the water avenue bridge. the fraser, usually a muddy brown, adopts a more pleasant bluish hue in the winter as the sediment disperses. here in hope, it varies in width by several hundred metres as the seasons change.
near this buoy is a boat launch frequently busy with sturgeon fishers out to catch a monster. the Stó:lō people fish the river for salmon and can occasionally be seen drying them on racks across the river.
max and me were about 300 metres from shore, clambering over boulders when we stumbled on this odd display, which i’ve taken the liberty of titling “frozen love” because deep down i’m pretty corny. how or why they got here will remain an unknown story.
our destination was the confluence of the fraser and coquihalla rivers, where, for a few short months, they blend unknowingly with each other.
The attached photo of the “water avenue bridge” was taken january 1, 2016, looking north. The fraser river is at its lowest during the winter months, a steep path on the south entry of the bridge gives access to the river’s edge.
The Water Avenue Bridge is a highway bridge that carries the Trans Canada Highway across the Fraser river. It was built around 1916 to carry the Kettle Valley Railroad out of The town of Hope to the CPR mainline on the north side of the river. It is a two level bridge with the highway bridge on top. The railway, which was long ago removed, ran on the lower level. If you pull off the highway on the north side, eastbound on the highway, and explore under the bridge, this can be clearly seen. The rail bed can be followed a short way west until you come to private property. Little if anything remains to show that trains ran south and east of the bridge into town.
thought i’d keep a bit of a record of my daily excursions with max. usually three or more per day. our morning walks are the longest and cover a kilometre or more. i intend to have the camera with me at all times after missing too many awesome shots over the past few days!
what a change for us, only a month has gone by and already our lives are adapting to the flow of the river. life is somewhat slower here, fewer harsh noises, people more willing to say hello and stop awhile, and still no desperate need of a car.
the river from our window is ever changing and full of activity both commercial and pleasure, busy slow moving tugs, crazy kids on their seasleds and the occasional sailboat or row boat.
wildlife abounds, from eagles, heron and seaguls to sweet songbirds. on the shore and log booms there have been otters, weasels and maybe a rat, but a very big one if that is what it was.
every day and nearly every hour it is a new picture. wonderful!