Finn Slough ~ Richmond, B.C. - dpb photos

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Quiet Tranquility

Finn Slough is a tiny Fraser River fishing community located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The community has approximately 30 residents who live in wooden houses, both floating and built on stilts, along the marshy river bank. This portion of the Fraser River is tidal. (The photos in this gallery were taken at low tide.)

The Gill Net fishing boat in this photo was constructed in 1937 of cedar planks over an oak frame. It is still in use today as a fishing boat.

The two cabins are joined together by a covered walkway to form one large accommodation. The owner of these cabins is one of Canada's better known singer/songwriters. It is said she retires here invoking fresh inspiration for new songs. (I have protected her identity.)

Many of the buildings were built between the late 19th century and 1950s and many have decayed severely, while some have been carefully restored. Finn Slough was founded by Finnish settlers who came to Richmond in the 1880s. Most of these residents made a good living from fishing and became local landowners. The community peaked in size by the Second World War and once the 1950s and industrialization arrived, the population of Finn Slough began to shrink. Today, there are approximately 30 residents left in this eclectic shantytown.

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