Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
We were planning on trying out the restaurant in the still standing 1931 prison gatehouse (directly across the street from the Coal House), but it recently closed. The 1878 Goal Block and Boot Hill cemetery also remain, surrounded by condos.
Fun fact: Sapperton was the location of the barracks and other housing for the Royal Engineers, Columbia Detachment, who were known as "sappers", hence the name. A sap is a trench (French "sappe" derived from the archaic word for spade).
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Next time I'll check out Southland Heritage Farm and Southland Nursery which I passed by.
I then headed to Deering Island, which is basically one cul-de-sac suburban street plus small park on a piece of land on the Fraser. Give it a miss and turn right onto the bridal path where I encountered horseback riders, cyclists, and walkers. The trail goes along the Fraser for a while, then turns right along the golf course with woods on one side. Cyclists helped themselves to blackberries which were thankfully blocking out the golfers. I crossed small bridges over creeks (one was labeled the last wild salmon stream in Vancouver), then I hit the reservation area and it got a bit too gravelly for my street bike. Nice shady ride though if you have a mountain bike.
Turn left rather than right onto the bridal path at Deering Island and the trail continues, but I didn't go that way.