It was a sunny cool day. We decided to go to Steveston for brunch. Steveston is a small, waterfront community just south of Vancouver, I would say about an half hours drive. It has been evolving for a few years and more people are discovering the small town charm and many townhouses and condominum projects have brought in many thousands of new residents
There are a few waterfront restaurants scattered along the public pier and often there are fishing boats selling; fish, prawns, shrimps and other assorted seafoods. There are also a few "government" piers on both sides of the town where are anchored hundreds of fishing vessels.
(see the new condominiums in the background)
Since there is quick access to "open" water, the auxilliary coast guard also make there appearance in their powerful "zodiac" type rescue craft
(the main boardwalk area with restaurants overlooking the water)
While it appeared to be a great sunny day, it was too cool in our opinion to take an outside table. We stayed inside warm and cosy and looked out while we ate our scrumptious meal served along with their world renown Fish Chowder.
During the summer when the temperature is warmer the town is filled with local tourists and you will find it hard to obtain parking. It is a little oasis where you are able to escape the hussle-bussle of a hurried urban centre to find relaxation for a few hours
After lunch I was looking for some photo opportunities and I often head east to an area known as FINN SLOUGH
Finn Slough is located on the south arm of the Fraser River on a surge channel along a dyke surrounded by farmland
It is a very picturesque area for photos but there is a long term controversy regarding the settlers/residents of this area who are squatting on this public land owned by the Municipality of Richmond.
I would say that most of the residents are probably Fishermen and part their vessels in the surge channel which goes up and down with the tide. Right now the tide is low
Most of the "homes" (shacks) are made from re-cycled materials, while a few are very nicely constructed, as that home on floats
There are homes on both sides of this channel
Access to the homes on the other side of the channel is by a shaky, run down foot bridge with NO railings
You are able to walk over the bridge at your own risk
While the residents (are squatters) and have no legal right to be on this property and I assume pay no taxes I wonder how they managed to get electricity or phone service, and also I presume, managed to obtain house numbers from the post office for mail delivery.
I think you have to be very careful to not fall of the bridge or I think you may come up with some nasty infections. I am not sure if they have "city" water, but there are no sewer facilities that I can see
I would imagine that during the present economic situation they aren't too worried about their house prices
It is definitely a different lifestyle for some if you are of the self sufficient type. I can't imagine living under these conditions and I am sure not many of the locals in this large metropolitan area are even aware of Finn Slough's existance. (if you google Finn Slough you will find additional information)