North Saskatchewan River, Alberta - Clarance Visser
Clarance Visser shares his watermark on the North Saskatchewan River at Riverbend Gardens. Clarence and his wife Jenny were luck enough to buy a farm along its banks in the spring of 1957. "My connection with the river developed when we wanted to irrigate. The first half of our lives was trying to make payments and make a living and develop the farm, so our consciousness about the river was related to economics more than anything. We weren't able to build a house on the river bank until 1964 and since then, for 50 years we have lived in that house and had a beautiful view of the river and geese and pelicans and ducks." Clarance and the family used to walk down to the gravel bar and the kids would throw rocks and have fun. "We lived in a park – still do. It takes time to learn to appreciate that. It's not to be exploited. It needs to be stewardly used and taken care of. If there is a watermark of any kind in my life it is the North Saskatchewan passing by our farm."