Beacon Hill Park, and the friends there of.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 06:05 AM
Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:01 AM
A six month old female white Ursus Kermodei cub was placed in a small make-shift cage in Beacon Hill Park in the summer of 1924. According to a Royal B.C. Museum publication, the bear cub was captured by a man at Butedale (an outpost in Kitimat Channel in northern British Columbia), then sold to a man named Flowers, who tried to smuggle it across the U.S. border. (Corley-Smith, Peter, White Bears and other Curiosities, 1989, p. 54-55.) The Times, however, had a different story: “The famous white bear...[is the] only living specimen in captivity of the unique bear of Princess Royal Island,” a large island on the west coast north of Bella Bella. (Times, December 24, 1924, p. 1,2)
In January, 1925, the Park Committee authorized up to $1000 be used to build a new cage. Photographs in Corley-Smith’s book show the bear in three different cages. The oldest photo shows the cub in a small chicken-wire enclosure. A larger second cage is made of wood and chicken-wire, with a dirt floor, a pole and a small house. The last cage was constructed of concrete and metal bars. (Corley-Smith, p. 55) At least Ursus Kermodei was not stuck down in a bear-pit. (The photo shows the bear in 1948, a few months before she died.)
Yup, the good old days! Glad we've made some progress since then.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:05 AM
Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:34 AM
Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:30 PM
Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:36 PM
Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:37 PM
You and your friends were actually swimming in the ponds and then rinsing off in the wading pool???? No wonder they ended up shutting down the wading pool.
yah and it took them 50 years to do it ....
Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:54 PM
I will take exception to this odd statement.
the water park is not child friendly
I loved the old wading pool and was not at all happy when the "watering can" was installed. That said, I was there just a few months ago with my kids and they had a great time. The place was filled with kids whooping and hollering and splashing around. It seemed to be very friendly for them.
I think they could have got the same effect by installing a couple of modified fire hydrants but to say "the water park is not child friendly" is ridiculous.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:35 PM
Posted 05 September 2019 - 04:06 PM
^that looks upright on a mobile device only it turns out
Posted 18 September 2019 - 06:33 AM
I went to have a look at that after my daughter told me about it. It's very large and almost reaches to the little island there. A shame. Must have made quite a splash.
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