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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

An Afternoon in Steveston Village

Down on the south-western shore of Richmond (city immediately south of Vancouver) sits the historic Steveston Village, a once-boisterous frontier seaport and principal port on the Fraser River. It was founded in 1880 by William Herbert Steves. At the turn of the 20th century, Steveston was the busiest fishing port in the world, with fifteen salmon canneries, six hotels, numerous saloons and gambling dens, and up to fourteen windjammers simultaneously loading canned salmon for world markets. On a Saturday night, 10,000 people thronged the boardwalks, including Native Indians, Japanese, Chinese, European immigrants, and sailors from the seven seas. Now over 100 years old, Steveston has evolved into a picturesque working fishing village, home to Canada's largest commercial fishing fleet, home base to more than 600 seiners, gill-netters, trawlers and other vessels that line the docks two and sometimes three abreast. The village, with its ambient fishing village atmosphere, comes to life each summer with plenty for visitors to see and do. Heritage sites and parks, fresh seafood, great local restaurants and colourful gift shops and markets all await the lucky visitor. One of the oldest remaining buildings in Steveston is The Cannery Cafe, built before 1900 to serve as a cookhouse for the Lighthouse Cannery and now one of the longest-running restaurants in the village. From following website:

Naturally I took along my camera and here is a shot through the trees of one of the fishing vessels that line the docks. I used the telephoto feature to make it look like it was peeping through the trees.

Here's an image of some of the hundreds of fishing boats lined on a Sunday afternoon.
You can buy fish right off the fishing boats by walking down a switchback wooden pier to get right up to the boats. Salmon is very popular, but you can buy all sorts of fish, including tuna and shrimp.
More boats lined up on a Sunday afternoon, here in a small inlet safe from open waters. Notice the two ducks swimming along
There is a "Fisherman's Wharf" at Steveston Village. Note all the seagulls hanging around.
Finally, a shrimp boat tucked away from the open waters, just waiting until Monday morning.


Ruth D~ said...

Looks like a photographic heaven. Beautiful I love your trees also. I have taken many in the upward pose. There is something about a tree scratching the sky.

Josie said...

Leslie, these photographs are exquisite. You have a really good eye.

Hey, let's go to Steveston sometime and get some fish and chips! The orders are so big, we can share :-)

leslie said...

You're on, Josie! Oh oh I just read jmb's blog about weight loss. She's aiming for 10 lbs by Christmas. We'd definitely have to share a plate to reach that goal ourselves! lol

geewits said...

I felt like I could hear the gulls.

jmb said...

Lovely post Leslie with beautiful photos. But watch out for an email from the webmaster of the Steveston website. I wrote a post about Steveston here and he emailed me to use it on the website where it now sits.
Apparently he has some program that trolls the web for mentions of Steveston.

Janice Thomson said...

Great photos again Leslie. Steveston is a lovely place to visit.

leslie said...

Thx for the heads up, jmb. For those of you who are interested, check out jmb's post for other shots of the area. Hers are really good!

geewits yes, there are gulls everywhere. The village is right at the point where the Fraser River runs into the Gulf of Georgia which separates the coast from Vancouver Island.

HeiressChild said...

hi leslie,

i love your new blog look also. i sent you the links for the other templates. the pics are beautiful; you are a good photographer. i love seafood. maybe i'll join you and josie at steveston sometime. i need to lose weight also, and started back exercising yesterday.

HeiressChild said...

leslie, i took the "how quirky are you" test, and here are my results:

Your Quirk Factor: 50%

You're a pretty quirky person, but you're just normal enough to hide it.
Congratulations - you've fooled other people into thinking you're just like them!

ok, i've been found out! lol

HeiressChild said...

it's me again leslie. i just saw your comments on enid's blog about not being able to read the cartoon because of the small print. i have a magnifier that i always keep near me for print that's too small to read otherwise.

Smalltown RN said...

I love Steveston I haven't been there for years...thank you for sharing your day with us...by the way I really like your blogs new look...very smart....also guess what...my hubbies bday is the same day as your daughters and my youngest daughter is on the 25th...Halloween is so much fun...the girls are coming here on the 26th to celebrate my youngest Bday and hubbies Bday...it should be fun....I am glad you had fun at my blog today...just something different....cheers...

patterns of ink said...

I love port towns!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

There's got to be a way to approach the fishing boats and get some nice panfish to fry.

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