The return of Caledonia Days to Fort St. James took place over the August long weekend.
The Fort St. James National Historic Site hosted three days of Caledonia Days events and activities, including the Salmon Cook-off, live music, artists and teepees.
There were also horseback rides again by Silver Springs Country Recreation and Wellness and art activities by Two Rivers Gallery from Prince George.
There were displays by the British Columbia Metis Assembly of Natural Resources, artwork displays, including local painter Pat Gauthier, the grand opening of the Strangers and Swans’ Down visitor centre exhibit and artist in residence Clair Singleton’s show Golden Timbers and Marvelous Stoves. The show is made up of pieces Singleton painted while working as the artist in residence at the historic site this summer.
Her show will be on display in the visitor centre until Sept. 22.
The teepees on the historic site were set up by Taylor Sapergia and his wife Heather, both from Prince George, and by Sina Elrick, of Fort St. James.
The Sapergias used to set their teepee up each year at Hat Lake Ranch to educate the public about the traditional nomadic First Nations style of housing, but decided a few years ago to take their teepee to other sites closer to home.
The pair have been bringing their teepee to the Fort St. James historic site for three years now, and spend the weekend camped in their teepee and educating people about how a teepee works and the benefits of the portable structures.
This year’s Salmon Cook-off was also a success on August 3, as four teams competed once again to become the champion salmon barbecue cooks over the campfires on Stuart Lake.
There was a team from Integris Credit Union, one from Mount Milligan, the Friends of the Fort St. James National Historic Site and one from Nak’azdli called the Nu Yiz Nabobs.
While once again the competition was fierce, with the Friends bringing in their own special local wood and Integris using sweet baked beans as in interesting twist. All of the salmon was delicious, though the Mount Milligan team was out of salmon before I had a chance to sample it.
The votes had to be counted a few times to make sure they were correct, as the crowd-decided contest was so close, but the Nu Yiz Nabobs came away with the trophy this year.
Last year’s champions the District of Fort St. James was not on hand to defend their prize.