Early Morning Visit to Finn Slough
Up early this morning and headed down to Steveston village, in the rain no-less ... then a side trip to an area called Finn Slough, near southeast Richmond. Finn Slough is a unique area, first inhabited by Finnish fishermen towards the end of the 19th century; because of its proximity to the South Arm of the Fraser River and the (at that time) hand-built dyke, many times the area would be under water at flood tides. Houses were constructed on top of pilings to escape the flood waters, and still stand that way today. Punctuated within the overgrowth and buildings is an eclectic collection of salvage, boats and trinkets. The area is a throwback to the early 20th century, ramshackle buildings seemingly waiting to slid into the water - the last such fishing village of the many that existed along the banks of the Fraser River.