My first offering is this one that I took around this time last year along one of the tributaries of the Fraser River. I live in the delta of the mighty Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada, that the explorer and fur trader Simon Fraser followed back in 1808 all the way to its mouth that flows into the Gulf of Georgia, a part of the Pacific Ocean. His exploratory efforts were partly responsible for Canada's boundary being established at the 49th parallel (after the War of 1812), since he, as a British subject, was the first European to establish permanent settlements in the area. Nowadays, you'll often see rowers out on the many tributaries, practising for everything from school meets to the Olympics, which by the way will be held in Vancouver in 2010.
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