1994 Ursus Valley canoe building site survey

Friday, December 9, 1994 (All day)
Photo Credit: 
Joe Foy

In December of 1994 the Ahousat First Nation and the Wilderness Committee surveyed the ancient forests of Ursus Valley for signs of dugout canoe building and cedar bark stripping. The oldest canoe building site discovered was dated as being from the 1860's. This photo shows an ancient redcedar marked by the team with a ribbon around it that has a "test hole" part way up it's trunk where Ahousat canoe builders had cut a hole in the tree many years ago to determine if it was a good candidate for a canoe. It wasn't and the tree was left standing.

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