Yesterday, I pulled into the Elk Point welcome area to stretch my legs. I’d just shut the car door and turned to read the signage when I was accosted from above by a very vocal raven. At first, I wasn’t sure where the kerfuffle was coming from but within seconds, it flew out of the trees behind the Elk Point Centennial sign to land on the hat on Peter Fidler’s head. It was quickly followed by a second raven that perched on the posts to the right of the 32 ft. tall statue.
The Town of Elk Point is located near the historic fur trade competitors Fort George & Buckingham House on the North Saskatchewan River. These old Hudson’s Bay and North West trading companies were responsible for the original fur trade settlements that sprang up in the area in the late 1700s. Peter Fidler was a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trader, explorer, and surveyor. This chainsaw-carved statue commemorates the historic fur trade forts of the region’s past. The Peter Fidler Peace Park was established for Canada’s 125th Centennial:
Elk Point joined with other towns, villages, and cities across Canada in a celebration of Canada’s commitment to peace among all people of the world and peace with our common home and environment… planet Earth.Peter Fidler Peace Park, Elk Point, AB
The first raven continued to squawk and posture the entire time I was there, which amounted to about 10 minutes, with the second raven chiming in occasionally. Check out their warm welcome on Facebook!
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