Finn Slough is a small community of homes on stilts and fishing boats that live in a tiny tidal slough in the Fraser River. Originally the fisherman lived further inland on Finn Road ( named for all the Finnish families that lived there) but had to move closer to the river when their access was cut off with development. As this wasn't land per say but just buildup of river silt along the banks, there was never a purchase of land with deeds etc. There has been ongoing controversy over whether they can stay here and what city services they may be entitled to. I hope they get to keep their community here, its a slice of the past that most people will never see again as everything gets mowed down for more condos.
The entrance to the slough. I noticed they had put a barrier of fishing floats across the opening, not sure if that's to keep people out or in? The building on the left is a float home that was not part of the original settlement and just slipped in there one day, I don't think the locals were to happy about it. I was looking at this area as a possible place to put my home, but when I asked around, the locals were adamant about not wanting anymore people there to aggravate their legal situation.
Some interesting structures here, I always love some creativity when it comes to housing. I especially like the use of the boat as a doorway cover
The drawbridge to the homes on the other side of the slough. This is a seriously rickety structure that is on its last legs. I get that they are trying to preserve the originality of the area but as the main access to their homes, I would want to replace some of those boards!
A pathway to the houses. You used to be able to walk to the end, but I guess the tenants got tired of lookieloos like me so they have put up a gate to keep people out.
These last two pictures are paintings of the slough that hang in the hallway of the building I work in.
I have zillions of pictures to process from my walks of the last week, so hopefully my eyes settle down and I can get on it this weekend. See you soon!