On the river shore take a walk around our Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park and discover a heritage of human and natural history unique within the Columbia River Valley. Your visit will take you back several thousands of years when the Lakes Salish Indian people first fished and built their winter pit houses here; almost 200 years ago, in 1811, David Thompson canoed down the Columbia River past this island; and 60 years ago Alexander Zuckerberg built his unique Russian Orthodox Chapel House. For the young and young at heart there are over 8 hectares of woods and a variety of paths to explore on Zuckerberg Island.
By 9:30 the sun had started to peak out so we thought it safe to go for our excursion. Freya was left home to guard the rig. First we stopped at the Millennium Ponds to have a walk around. I can imagine all the kiddies really enjoying it on a hot summers day. They even have a dog beach further along for the 4 legged kids.
|No animals allowed on the beach/grass near the pools ... I guess geese do not read!|
|The river next to the ponds.|
Park History: After Alexander Zuckerberg’s death in 1961, the island and its buildings deteriorated for 20 years until it was purchased by the city in 1981. In the spring of 1983 the Castlegar Rotary Club began developing it as a park.
|Stump Woman an unusual sculpture of a seated woman carved from a stump is one of Zuckerberg’s best known works. He had many sculptures lining island pathways.|