Yes, you heard it right…a canoe trip in 100 Mile House! With permission, I took my Chestnut cedar-canvas canoe and paddled up Little Bridge Creek toward Exeter Lake. I made the trip in May and found it to be a beautiful wetland with beaver swimming by my canoe and birds nesting along the shore. Besides the natural history, there is a wealth of cultural history here as well. Little Bridge Creek flows through 100 Mile Ranch which was the beginnings of present day 100 Mile House. I was paddling through what was once a huge and very beautiful old ranch, and signs of that ranch were all around me. Our town has a very interesting history which I feel most of us are unaware of.
As I quietly paddled upstream in the wee hours of the morning, it was as if I was in a different world. No way, I thought to myself, was I in 100 Mile. Yet, at the same time, I could look up and see the industrial area along Exeter Road. I was in an oasis of natural beauty within a totally developed area. I was in heaven…in 100 Mile House!! Enjoy!
Rebuilding a ‘sense of place’ in the South Cariboo: This image is part of my 100 Mile Project. Somehow, on my journey to explore and photograph the entire Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region, I have drifted apart from the very place I call home; 100 Mile House and surrounding area. So now, when at home, I will go exploring with my camera, and then try to post a picture daily to encourage all of us to appreciate the beauty, and the value, of our ‘homeplace’. Join me in this adventure. Tell your friends. Subscribe to the blog. Let’s all get to know our home more deeply, and contribute to our ‘sense of community’.