A Sunday in Ladner and Steveston

by nmskylla

A few Sundays ago, we were in town instead of out on the water in our boat, and thought we’d take advantage of the beautiful late summer day to explore Westham Island in Ladner.

I’d been told about Westham Island Herb Farm, and wanted to see it for myself.  Plus, I thought it might be a nice opportunity to take along my camera… something I haven’t been feeling very inspired by until lately.

So we headed out to Westham Island and it was awesome!  Herbs, produce, fresh honey, and flowers!  They didn’t have fresh garlic yet, but will in a few weeks, so we’ll be back. For photos, click here.

We left Westham Island along the ancient one-lane swing bridge and thought we’d visit some friends up the road, not knowing if anyone would be there, as the evening was coming on.

It turns out that there was a one-day Fraser River sockeye fishery that day (they’re commercial fisherman), and so they were busy catching, cleaning and selling salmon!  We had a great visit, saw some of the action, and came away with a fish for dinner.

The salmon opening was due to close at 8pm that night, so camera still in hand, we headed out to Steveston where we arrived in time to see a ton of fisherman out on the water, and some already heading in.  The sun was setting, and many boats were fishing right up until the very last minute. The sockeye run is only large enough for commercial fishing every four years, so there was a lot of excitement in the air as everyone tried to catch their share. Click on the photo below to see more.

It was a busy day, and a great day… we had no initial plans, and were surprised where each hour led us to next!