Alwin Holland Park
Continuing on from my Teacup Island post, I think I’ll take a closer photographic look at Alwin Holland Park.
Alwin Holland Park is located on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia, upstream from Hudson’s Hope. It was named after one the region’s early settlers, and there is also an elementary school in Fort St. John named after him.
Over the centuries, before man built any dams on the mighty Peace, the river carved a canyon of sorts out of the landscape, leaving behind some interesting rock formations. I’ve found that Alwin Holland Park is probably the best spot to get up close and personal with these formations.
Of course, with the river no longer flowing right here, vegetation has taken over – I think that this particular growth has occurred since the construction of the Peace Canyon Dam in the 1980s, in what was likely a small side channel of the river.
Close up, one can see a variety of moss, lichens and even ferns sprouting amongst the rocky striations. In some places, the resulting cliffs make great spots for climbing as my kids discovered – I didn’t climb. I stayed safe at the bottom, repeatedly warning them to be careful!
You can see how the water washed away the earth and rocks, leaving these interesting little nooks and crannies, now full of fallen leaves, the odd wasp nest and spiders!
Alwin Holland Park is so peaceful, it seems so much more than an hour’s drive from Fort St. John. It’s a great spot for camping, fishing and clearly, photography.