Welcome to the website of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Project. The Prince George Naturalists Club, in association with The Caledonia Ramblers, The Exploration Place and the City of Prince George, has embarked on a project to enhance the Wetland as an attractive natural setting. The goal is to create a showcase environment for bird, fish, plant and animal life, surrounded by an interpretive trail with numerous learning opportunities and features.
The wetland can be accessed either by heading to the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Nature Park on Queensway Street, or by parking at The Exploration Place and walking south to the footbridge, where a kiosk explains the wetland project plans.
To date, a number of rehabilitation activities have been undertaken, interpretive signage and new paths added, and an information kiosk and four observation platforms built. Many thousands of hours of volunteer effort have brought the project to the point where completion is in sight.
Depicted above right: the new overlook on the Heritage Trail section of the wetland.
Funding has been raised for all these elements, but two crucial parts of the project still need funding:
1. Addition of an earthen ramp to complete a universal-access trail circling the channel area
2. Addition of a boardwalk / bridge link allowing connection of paths on the south and north sides of the ponded area.
When the above two projects are complete, there will be a circular walk in excess of two kilometres around the whole wetland, providing a healthy and peaceful inner-city walk for exercisers, strollers, photographers and visitors. A shorter, universal-access walk will allow those with more limited mobility to circle the channel area adjacent to The Exploration Place.
Photo right: a number of ducks, such as this female pintail, can be seen in the wetland in the summer, raising healthy broods. To see a list of the birds recently spotted at the wetland, go to https://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L445353.
Wetlands do not simply have a vital role in providing habitat for native flora and fauna, but are magnets for learning about nature. The natural world is important for the healthy emotional and intellectual development of our children, and wetlands are natural teaching classrooms. Experience shows that they can become a treasured focal point for green activities and families.
The Interior Fraser Coho Salmon has COSEWIC endangered status. The channel draining to the Fraser River is salmonid habitat, and is an ideal location for learning about, and acting on, the issues of storm water runoff.
The full circular walk could be covered in approximately the following times:
- Joggers: 20 minutes
- Exercisers: 30 minutes
- Dog walkers: 45 minutes
- Strollers: 60 minutes
- Young families: 75 minutes
- Photographers: 90 minutes
- Naturalists: 120 minutes
- Interpretation participants: 180 minutes
Photo: Muskrat are seen regularly swimming through the wetland, heading to and from holes in the banks. A beaver delighted a recent group of students by wandering through their midst.
If you are interested in helping out the project as an individual please head to the supporting page.
If you might be able to provide corporate or foundation sponsorship, please head to the major funding page.