Thursday, October 16, 2008

Paddling the Avon

Antigua Boatshed, Christchurch. Oct.2008. Ajr
Hiring a canoe from Christchurch’s Antigua Boatsheds and paddling your way through the Botanic Gardens on the Avon River is nothing new. Back in 1885 the distinctive dark green and white striped English-style boatsheds were billed as “the most complete in the colony” complete with waiting room, a gentleman’s dressing room and a choice of double or single canoes. Built in 1882 by two Lyttelton boat builders, Albert Shaw and J.T.Tidd, the sheds have had been a consistent tourist attraction ever since. In the early 1900s they also offered a photo room for visitors and dozens of glass plate negatives remained at the boat sheds until a few years ago, when they were relocated to Canterbury Public Library. Although damaged by fire in 1907, half of the sheds remain and today you can try your hand at canoes, row boats and paddle boats, gliding your way upstream through the Botanic Gardens and flocks of paddling ducks. And if you’re not in the mood for boating you can watch the fun from the Boat Shed Café.

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