Columbia Valley Splendor

James Anderson

Joined April 2010

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A CP freight train powers through the picturesque and vital Columbia Valley that slices between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcells to the west. The Columbia Valley follows the meandering upper Columbia River from its headwaters in Columbia Lake and stretches from Canal Flats in the south to Golden in the north. The Columbia Valley contains the largest continuous wetlands in North America….Columbia Basin Wetlands. The wetlands extends 180 kilometres and is 200 square kilometers and the Columbia River covers over 26,000 hectares and the river flows over 1,600 kilometres and at times is as wide as 5 kilometers. The Columbia Basin Wetlands is part of the Columbia River habitat region protecting sensitive grasslands, riparian areas, forest, marshes, bogs, alpine meadows and rocky cliffs. The river and wetland is part of the migratory path for many bird species and in the fall and spring trumpeter and tundra swans stop at the wetlands as part of their migratory route.

The protected area is home to the second largest population of the Great Blue Heron in the west of Canada. Other birds in the area include mallard ducks, trumpeter swans, wood ducks, hooded mergansers, lewis woodpeckers, eagles, american dipper and buffleheads.

The wetlands is also home to wildlife like the Grizzly and Black Bear, wolves, badgers, painted turtles, moose, coyote, beaver. otter and elk. This image was captured on top of one of the many Hoodoos Spires that have been carved from the rains that slice and dice the soft sediment. If you look center-left in the image, there is a large group of Hoodoos.

Columbia Valley, Columbia Basin Wetlands, British Columbia, Canada

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