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Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park

Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park is named for Alexander Zuckerberg, a teacher and civil engineer who settled on the island in the Columbia River in the 1930s. He was greatly admired by those he taught and to this day he’s celebrated, particularly by the Doukhobors. During his time on the island, the Russian-born artist built a Chapel House in the style of Russian Orthodox country architecture and it’s perfectly preserved today. There are also examples of his art in the house and on the grounds including “Stump Woman,” an unusual sculpture of a seated woman carved from a stump. Visitors are encouraged to walk around the island park and discover a heritage of human and natural history unique within the Columbia River Valley. You’ll be taken back several thousands of years when the Lakes Salish people first fished and built their winter pit houses here. You’ll learn about when explorer David Thompson canoed down the Columbia River past this island in 1811. And, of course, you’ll have the chance to get to know more about Alexander Zuckerberg. There are eight hectares of woods and a variety of paths to explore on the island as well as picnic tables, benches, and a suspension bridge.

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Zuckerberg Island, Castlegar, Regional District of Central Kootenay, British Columbia, V1N 1R5, Canada