The French Creek Harbour is a hive of bustling activity these days, but most of it isn’t in the water.
Harbour manager Julie Blood said the project to re-align the breakwaters, a multi-year project by the French Creek Harbour Authority and the Small Craft Harbours program, will increase space for moorage and provide other benefits as well.
“The alignment of the breakwater will be easier for navigation purposes and will moderate some of the swells that come into the harbour,” Blood said.
The project, which has been ongoing since last winter, picked up steam this month, with large pieces of rock and earth-moving equipment clattering about the site. Although the project isn’t expected to be finished until spring of next year, things should return to normal at the end of this month, as crews will take a two-month break until tide conditions are right to resume work.
“It’s a bit more than halfway done,” Blood said. “It’s a large growth stage for the harbour, that’s for sure.”
• The August Dock Derby may be a thing of the past, but local anglers will still get a chance to dip their rods and win some great prizes in the inaugural French Creek Salmon Derby, slated for August 26 to 28.
The event, sponsored by the French Creek Marine Pub, Pacific Boat Brokers.com and Save on Foods will see prizes give for the largest fish caught daily during the contest, as well as the largest fish caught overall.
The event will kick off at noon on Friday and continuing Saturday from dawn to dusk and Sunday from dawn to noon.
On the final day, participants will be able to enjoy a barbecue put on by Save on Foods at 11:30 a.m., with prizes being awarded at 2 p.m. outside the French Creek Marine Pub.
The cost is $10 per rod. Proceeds will go towards support for the fish hatchery in French Creek.
For more information contact 248-3713 ext 21.