15 Koluskap and Beaver at Wolastoq Park in Saint John, Canada

On the hill behind you is Wolastoq Park. The name means “beautiful river” in the Maliseet language. This interesting sculpture garden displays chainsaw carvings of famous people who shaped Saint John. On the left is Koluskap. He was the original ancestor of the Wolastoqiyik and their protector. According to legend, a giant beaver once built a dam on Wolastoq (Saint John River). This caused massive flooding of the villages upstream. The people beseeched Koluskap to help. Koluskap tried negotiating with the beaver but failed. So, he smashed the dam with his club. The rushing water created the Reversing Falls. Sections of the dam lodged in the river and formed Partridge Island. Koluskap then shrunk all future beavers to their present size to avoid similar problems in the future.


211 Lancaster Ave, Saint John, NB E2M 2K8, Canada


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