Field Trip to British Columbia, Canada

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So my grandma wanted to go up to Canada, and this time she decided to haul me and my mom along. Here’s how it went.

Actually, not much of the trip had to do with my grandma at all, although I did see her a bunch, but for the most part, we split up: grandma to hang out with her brother, and the rest of us to have a sunny day out. Lunch was fish and chips by the shore of Steveston Harbour. The birds really liked when I randomly threw french fries everywhere.

fish-and-chips

For some reason, the wind decided on being weird. So whenever we went back to the car to get the kite, it would die down, and when we’d come back, there it would kick up again. Hmm. Oh well, the wind can’t foil our plans to explore the salmon cannery!

steveston-harbour

A while back, the cannery closed down, but later on some people came to clean it up and make it into a museum. Joke’s on them, because the previous owners of that place didn’t clean up the fish guts before leaving. So there was five-year-old salmon in every cranny of the machines! I don’t envy whoever had to clean it.

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Coming into the place, there was a life-sized wax scene with a boat and fishermen. All around the place were little pieces of history that were interesting to look at.

picnic-at-cannery

There were different machines for everything in the cannery, and apparently no safety features, as some of the workers lost fingers. I also heard that if anything was caught in the machinery, someone had to run across the building to yell to someone to flip the off switch, and by then, what was likely your hat got caught off your head and is now torn up and has messed up the gears and chains. Congratulations.

Other than that, the machines looked pretty cool. Oh yeah, there were fish scales permanently embedded in the walls and ceiling. At one point, scales were dripping down like a stalactite. It was a lovely learning experience. Well, I’ve probably grossed you out enough…

fish-cannery-scene

We got to see labels of tons of different cans from each decade, even cartoons to advertise them. But it really made me realize how racist everyone was back then. It was a bragging right on labels if it was canned with “100% white labor”… yikes! Because most of the time, Japanese women were hired for the fish gutting.

fishing-boats

The drive home (and driving throughout Canada) was quite pretty actually, and made me realize how lucky I am to live in Washington, which is literally an extension of Canada. The landscape included hay farms that wrapped their bales in white tarps and scattered them around randomly, making the whole place look like a marshmallow farm… Well, anyway, I’m back, and I enjoyed my time there.

PS. This blog post was written by my daughter Rachel.

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8 Responses to “Field Trip to British Columbia, Canada”

  1. Lori says:

    Ah, you brought me back to our days homeschooling, Rachel! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on a fun learning experience. And no – you didn’t gross me out! 😉

  2. AnnMarie says:

    This sounds like a great trip! Looks like the weather was beautiful, and you managed to have a lot of fun- fish scales and all! I’ve never been to that area, but someday I will get there! I bet your grandma was glad you went with her:)

  3. JoAnn Smith says:

    Rachel, I am so impressed with your Canada post. You and your Mom are very gifted writers!

    • Susan says:

      Well, I’m glad you recognize the oodles of talent I have! But really, I have a bunch to learn about proper ways to write sentences that seem natural.
      But muahaha I’m glad you liked it!
      ~Rachel

  4. Donna says:

    Rachel, I love your post! And how beautiful Canada is! You sound like you had a wonderful trip with your grandma and mom! Thanks for sharing your experiences!! I see you blogging in the future!! ❤

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