A new observation deck has suddenly appeared on the north side of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland east of Queensway. Twelve volunteers put in 176 hours last week to built the deck over a period of four days. Special thanks go to volunteers from Caledonia Ramblers, Prince George Singles Activity Group, and Prince George Naturalists Club: George Roberts, John Glass, Ron Neukomm, Lynda Cawley, Blair Rice, Ruth McNeil, Sarah Boyd, John Vogt, Bill Dunbar, Ron Caldwell, Clive Keen and Nowell Senior. George, Sarah and Ruth provided a tasty and very welcome lunch over the weekend when construction was completed. The deck was built with the help of a Pacific Salmon Foundation grant and support from City of Prince George Parks staff.
The deck allows for observation of water birds and other animals in the wide area of the channel, which fills with water from the Fraser River spring freshet. Young salmon seek refuge in the channel during the freshet. An interpretive sign on Chinook and Interior Fraser Salmon will soon be placed at the deck.
Who knew that salmon hung out in this part of the channel!
Next steps this summer are to build a nature trail to link Queensway and Taylor Drive at Fort George Park and make the new deck fully accessible. Removal of invasive plants and replanting with native plants around the decks and trails will follow. The new decks and trails provide safe access to the channel and open up many possibilities for education, information and habitat restoration.
Photos by Nowell Senior