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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cheam Lake Wetlands - Pictures of the Week


Cheam Lake Wetlands© Stephen Mullock
 Not only cars honk I found out this past week.

A unique corner, in the Chilliwack Fraser Cheam area, to take a walk and contemplate the wonderful diversity of life is at the Cheam Lake Wetlands. Suitable for all ages this 93ha park offers a number of raised platforms for viewing and a relatively level trail system that is about 2 km in length.

The Cheam Lake wetland is located close to Exit 135 off Highway No. 1.  This park was created in 1990 and is a birder's paradise, to date, 184 different types of bird species have been reported. This past week I took the opportunity to observe the changing fall conditions in the park. A chorus of honking from large flocks of Canadian Geese echoed throughout the marshy wetland much to my delight.
 
Here are some of the images that I liked that day.


Fall Reflected © Stephen Mullock

Red Leaf Fire © Stephen Mullock

Imagine living here.
 
 
Stephen Mullock RI
is an award winning full-time real estate agent with 29 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) for experience, local knowledge, friendly service that is usually on time; you’ll be happy you did.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Yale, British Columbia | Gold, Alchemy and Yale Today

 

It is hard to imagine that the sleepy little town of Yale, British Columbia I visited this morning was once known as "the wickedest little settlement in British Columbia" "a veritable Sodom and Gomorrah" of vice and violence and lawlessness".

Located on the banks of the Fraser River 175 km east of the Port of Vancouver the community of Yale hugs the north bank in an attempt to maximize the sunlight allowed into the canyon it resides.  Morning light comes late in October and the picture above shows low cloud still lingering in the mountain shadow.

Yale B.C., has a deep history with First Nation people and attracted early settlers as a fur trading post. Fort Yale was as far as a boat could navigate up the Fraser River; providing you had a capable captain and good water. From here adventurers took the Caribou Wagon Road which extended into the province's interior another 380 miles all the way to Barkerville. A bit of a transportation "hub" that one was forced to go through.


"Gold fever" struck the area in 1858 and the fur post was quickly converted into a boomtown with no less than 14 saloons as tens of thousands of surged into the area with "gold fever" (and it would seem a great thirst).

Sadly, the Aboriginal people were pushed aside in haste to find gold. Rape, whiskey and even armed conflict between a regiment of the American militia and the First Nation people stains this period of time.

Attracting the wrong sort of American made Governor James Douglas decide that it was necessary to ensure that the "New Caledonia" territory was not annexed by this rush of American fortune hunters and in 1858 the Colony of British Columbia was quickly proclaimed. Alchemy of a political nature brought about by the pressures emanating from Yale British Columbia.  Very soon after a second major transfiguration the creation of a land reserves for the colony's First Nation people. 

Today, not much remains of Yale's heyday the dockside services have been removed and the former commercial core of the town was torn down when the Canadian Pacific Railway was built.  The Anglican Church of St. John the Divine is quite lovely and on a good day, such as I had, Yale is very picturesque. So pack a lunch, wander down to the river's edge, and imagine the pivotal role this town had in shaping British Columbia's history.

St. John the Divine, Yale B.C.


St. John the Divine, Yale B.C.


Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate agent with 29 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) for experience, local knowledge, friendly service that is usually on time; you’ll be happy you did.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Picture of the Week - Aerial Ballet


Aerial Ballet © Stephen Mullock
Sunday, I rounded the corner on my way to Chilliwack and found an aerial ballet of clouds and light in full procession off the shoulder of Hopyard Mountain.  Imagine living here.

Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate agent with 29 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) for experience, local knowledge, friendly service that is usually on time; you’ll be happy you did.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Empress Hotel Chilliwack - Final Days


The Empress Hotel built in 1908 just off "Five Corners" in the heart of the City of Chilliwack is no more than a pile of rubble now.  The property purchased by the City of Chilliwack in July this year awaits redevelopment.

Ian Meissner © Empress Hotel Final Days
The panoramic pictures above show the before and after views of the Empress Hotel, Young Road block in Chilliwack.  These photographs were taken by Ian Meissner a well known photographer and Realtor with Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty.  For video footage of the demolition click here after a brief ad the destruction begins.

It is a little ironic perhaps that in 1965 Victoria's Empress Hotel (circa 1904-1908) was threatened with demolition and new high rise hotel was slanted to replace the Francis Rattenbury masterpiece. A massive public outcry turned the tide and the Hotel was saved, restored, refurbished and remains a crown attraction on Victoria's inner harbour.

In Chilliwack the little country namesake Empress went, not with an outcry, but, with a boom.

Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate agent with 29 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) for experience, local knowledge, friendly service that is usually on time; you’ll be happy you did.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Picture of the Week - Simon Fraser University Woodward's


SFU Woodwards © Stephen Mullock
This week I had the privilege to attending the Gaining Ground 2010 Ecological  The Power of Green Cities to Shape the Future and the plenary sessions were held at the newly opened Simon Fraser University Woodwards Wong Theatre.  I took this picture during a break and liked the composition.

Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate agent with 29 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) for experience, local knowledge, friendly service that is usually on time; you’ll be happy you did.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Picture of the Week - Autumn Leaf


There has been a notable change in the weather and daily our deciduous forests are being transformed in their waltz into winter's slumber. In other words it is Fall.

 

Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate agent with 29 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) for experience, local knowledge, friendly service that is usually on time; you’ll be happy you did.