Welcome to Finn Slough and the Finn Slough Heritage & Wetland Society.  The residents and fishers who live and work in this unique community invite you to explore the pages of this website and uncover the many delightful aspects of the "Slough"; its Finnish roots, the who's who of wildlife and plants, current events related to our community and its role in the rich heritage of the Fraser River.

Discover Finn Slough! Click on the buttons to the left and be sure to visit our Gallery to view images collected from today's artists.

Finn Slough (or sometimes Gilmore or Tiffin Slough) can be found on the south arm of the mighty Fraser River in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.  The Slough is bounded on the Fraser River side by Gilmour Island and on the north by a dyke built to protect Richmond.  Access to homes on the Gilmour Island side of the Slough is by a wooden draw-bridge, creating a definite sense of isolation from the nearby urban areas of Richmond and Vancouver.

It is pronounced "slew".



Get ready for the

 17th Annual

Art About Finn Slough Show

Coming in April 2017


Presented, with thanks, in conjunction with the Richmond Cultural Centre, at 7700 Minoru Gate, by the Finn Slough Heritage and Wetlands Society.

This year’s theme is: (evolving)

"Time and Tide:

Finn Slough Space and Place"

The idea of “Art about Finn Slough Show” is to honour Finn Slough and the many decades of artists’ engagement with representing Finn Slough, and to further invite and expand this visual conversation.  Everyone sees differently.  To fulfill the requirement of being “about” Finn Slough, works include the natural history and the historic features of the place: different days, angles, weathers, conditions, details.  Work representing the species that live and breed here, for example, “count,” as do works that creatively combine local images with other matters, materials, perspectives.

This show is NOT juried, but instead organized by its focus on this single subject: Finn Slough, Richmond BC.  As the show is un-juried and work arrives only the day the show is to be hung, what is hung depends on how much art is actually brought in. Most years, we accept up to 3 pieces from each artist, since there are a few new constraints on space regarding the Performance Space in the Cultural Centre. (Size of work might constrain us, too, sorry!)

The show is a visual conversation about Finn Slough in its community. We are very grateful to the artists for making this a rich and beautiful conversation, and to Richmond Cultural Centre for sponsoring it!

ARTISTS AND WRITERS:  You are invited to participate in this un-juried but single focused show. Photographers, painters, sketchers, sculptors, textile artists, and other media welcome. Writers of short works, short reflections (up to 500 words-ish) are also very welcome. Writers too need to bring work mounted in some way ready for display.

How to participate: Artists bring art ready to hang/show to the ATRIUM at the Richmond Cultural Centre on Wednesday APRIL 5th between 3 pm and 7 pm. Art MUST be brought at that time only please, given time constraints regarding hanging the show.   Three pieces of art maximum per artist. Artists will please collect their work on Sunday April 9th at 3 pm when the show comes down.   

For more information email tr0wse@hotmail.com

Show Hours open to the Public:

Thurs. April 6th from 1pm to 9 pm

Friday April 7th from 9am to 9 pm (includes Celebration and Speakers in the evening)

Sat April 8th from 10am to 5 pm

Sun. April 9th from 10am to 3 pm

Including ongoing events; also special activities for kids daily.



The EVA was a big hit at the 2015 Richmond Maritime Festival in Steveston.


Some of our resident artists were also there creating.




Please go the Environment page and read,

Small is Beautiful and Other Slough Considerations

Part of a talk given by Nadeane Trowse at the 13th Annual Art About Finn Slough Show. 



Finn Slough: An inspiration for creative expression over the century:

Marina Szijarto, one of our residents has presented at this event on the subject above.  

The title of this particular PechaKucha is "Secrets of the Fraser: the stories, hidden histories and creative inspiration that flows from the waterway of the Fraser River".




The evening revolved around a presentation format where each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds each while speaking (about a 6 minute presentation).

'PechaKucha' - is organized by Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and the City of Richmond Public Art Program.

" PechaKucha events provide a platform for individuals to share ideas, network, and show work in public. The event will offer the community to meet the presenters and engage in conversations about the arts and culture.

The PechaKucha organization is a non-profit, grass-roots group. The event is free to the public and participating presenters are not reimbursed. More information can be obtained on the PechaKucha website: www.pechakucha.org."



Here is a video by Marina Szijarto called Meditation with Tides, a beautiful time lapse art piece showing the pulse of the Finn Slough tides. 


In Marina's words:  At Finn Slough, Richmond, BC. 'Where history & nature gently co-exist'
This stop action movie was taken from the deck of a floating converted net-loft. It was originally taken to capture the many tourists who visit Finn Slough over its historic 90 year old bridge, but the movement of the tide, the 'breathing' of the place became the point of interest, the meditation.”



There is another small community that is in peril in the Lower Mainland.

The Belcarra South Preservation Society is trying to keep Metro Vancouver from demolishing their homes.  Here are a couple of links pertaining to their struggle.  One to the Society’s page and the other to a very good article by Charles Campbell.




Bridge Stories

The 2008 Art About Finn Slough Show theme "A Bridge to History" generated some wonderful bridge stories from some of the residents.  Read them here.  A definite piano theme seems to be running through.



Here are some videos:

Eva moves through the drawbridge:


April 6, 2008


Here Al is bringing the fish boat EVA down Finn Slough from its winter cradle for the summer.  To get through the drawbridge over to Gilmour Island it is necessary to remove five planks, so David is lifting the last one just in time.  Hear that sound?  That's the distinctive pop-pop pop-pop of EVA's classic make and break Easthope gas engine.

There are more EVA and Slough videos here.


Here are some Mallards and Mute Swans feeding off the bottom.



February 27, 2017


Waves of Snow Geese over Finn Slough




February 4, 2017


Our seasonal swans had to break a little ice to get up the Slough today.



February 08, 2014



Our resident beaver heading home with some lunch.



January 18, 2013



A very brazen Piliated Woodpecker came by as I stepped out today and could care less that I was filming.



October 29, 2011



There has been a wild bee nest in this shed at Finn Slough since before 1982.



June 7, 2011



A Downy Woodpecker Announcing his Intentions for Spring:


 One of the wonderful iconic sounds of spring here at the Slough.

April 17, 2011


A Great Blue Heron Feeding in the Slough:


April 10, 2011


Messing Around in Boats:


March 19, 2011


Finn Slough in the rain:

January 20, 2011 


 There are more EVA and Slough videos here.




Natural History of Richmond, British Columbia

A nice video about the

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary



A Tribute to Harry Vanderschee



A Tribute to Captain Bill Harvie




Graphic by David Roberts



A Petition Letter if you feel so inclined.



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