The Floating World

Mary Anne and Steve's Travels

During Japan’s Edo period the phrase “the floating world” evoked an imagined universe of wit, stylishness, and extravagance—with overtones of naughtiness, hedonism, and transgression.

But that’s not the floating world we’re here to talk about today.

Like other places around the globe where folks make their living on the water, Northern British Columbia was once filled with communities where most everything – homes, shops, schools, sawmills – was built on floating platforms. Want to move to a more promising location? Hitch your home to your boat and off you go.

Today, few true float communities remain. But one marina at the top of North Broughton Island floats happily in Sullivan Bay. Note the one-hole “golf course” with the green floating in the sea. You get one stroke on this Par 1 hole.

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