West Kootenay Social Studies Field Trip – Day 1
On October 5-7 2015, Rossland Seven Summits Centre for Learning grade ten Learners went on a West Kootenay Social Studies field trip. Stops included Idaho Peak, The Japanese Internment Museum, a visit with the Native Americans, Arrow Lakes, Nelson, Kaslo, Brilliant Suspension Bridge and the Castlegar Doukhobor Village. The following accounts of the trip were written by the Learners themselves…
West Kootenay Social Studies Road Trip, Day 1… October 5 – written by Hannah Kroeker
The grade 10 West Kootenay Road Trip’s first stop was the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar BC.
The centre is a reconstruction of a typical Doukhobors village that shows all the buildings, tools and handicrafts used in daily life. At the discovery centre we learned about the Doukhobors and how they came to Canada from Russia, Who led them to Canada, the history and so much more. The students were also able to see a demonstration from the Selkirk weavers on how cloth, clothing and tapestry was made.
After the discovery centre the next stop was the Brilliant Suspension Bridge in Castlegar. The bridge is located just upstream of the merge of Columbia and Kootenay river. After exploring the bridge, Mentor. Jonny Colehill gave some history on the bridge, when it was built, why it was built and some geography of the area.
Once the tour of the bridge was finished it was time to hop back into the van and drive to Slocan Valley to go to the Sinixt First Nations Village Site. At the village site we walked a bit around the property to see the impressions in the ground from old pit houses. After the tour we sat by the fire and asked questions then a student gave a presentation on the Sinixt. The presentation went into the history and lives till present day of the Sinixt. Once the presentation finished we moved into the Pit house. There was a huge furnace fire in the middle to keep us warm as we heard more stories and more history of the Sinixt and the land.
The fourth stop on the trip was the New Denver Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre. At the centre we went straight into the main building for a short presentation by a student about the history of the camps and lives of the Japanese Canadians. After the presentation our guide took us around the main building telling us more about the times at the camp, more history then we went outside to the cabins with the original exterior. We toured the cabins then got time to go back through the main building and explore the garden.
Once we said goodbye our guide we headed over to Sandon BC to go head up Idaho peak. After the 12 km drive from Sandon to the top parking lot of Idaho Peak we walked to the top of Idaho Peak. At the top there is a clear view of Slocan Lake, Kootenay Glacier, the Selkirk and Valhalla mountain ranges. Once everyone had gotten to the top another student gave a presentation about the history of Idaho Peak, the tower and the geography of the land.