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Green Fields in Fraser Valley

Why Visit the Fraser Valley?

The Lower Mainland portion of the Fraser Valley is Canada's year-round flower growing region, rivalling Holland. It is surrounded to the North, the South, and to the East with rugged mountains, lakes, and recreation. North of Hope, you enter the Fraser Canyon, with the trans-continental railroad on one cliff-face, and the Trans-Canada Highway on the other (with Hell's Gate offering great views of both), and north east of Hope is the wide-open Coquihalla ranching country.

The Fraser Valley, also called "the Lower Mainland" extends east of Vancouver to Hope, and then outwards to the many smaller communities along the Trans-Canada (#1), the Coquihalla (#8) and the Crowsnest (#3) Highways. The western boundary of this area is generally conceded to be Langley. The larger communities south of the Fraser are clustered along the Trans-Canada Highway and Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

The communities north of the Fraser are clustered along the Lougheed Highway (#7) and include Pitt Meadows & Maple Ridge, Mission, and Harrison Hot Springs. At the east end of the Lower Mainland is Hope, which is wehre the #7, #3, and #8 all meet with the scenic Manning Provincial Park to its east. On the north-bound route of the Fraser, are the communities of Hell's Gate, Boston Bar, and Lytton. The Fraser Valley has a population of about 236,000. The major industries in the Fraser Valley reflect that of the whole province. Forestry, agriculture and trade are the top job-creating industries, followed by tourism.

Abbotsford's Centennial Park Vancouver was named for Captain George Vancouver, who in 1792, fourteen years after sailing here under Captain Cook, returned to the area in 1792, and spent the next two years exploring the area in search of the western end of the "Northwest Passage".

The Fraser River is named for Simon Fraser, the first white man to paddle the river to the sea in 1808. He thought he was descending the Columbia River until the wild river made its abrupt westward turn at Hope (too far north to be the Columbia). The area boomed the gold rush of the 1850s, which brought many settlers into the region. This eventually pushed British Columbia to join Canadian confederation, and promoted the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

Bridal Veil Falls near Chilliwack Daytime temperatures and night-time temperatures are fairly consistent because of the moderating influence of the sea. Vancouver is sheltered from the worst of Pacific Ocean weather systems by Vancouver Island. In the summer time, you can generally expect hot and sunny weather, with only occasional precipitation. In the fall, winter, and spring time, expect rain more often than not...after all, there's a reason the grass and tree-leaves are green year-round.

Always carry an umbrella with you in case of rain. Vancouver gets 54 cm ( 21 inches) of snow each winter and a total of 1167 millimetres (46 inches) of precipitation per year. The city has 164 wet days (where it rains at least part of the day), mostly in the non-summer months (any months whose name contains the letter "r" has rain).

This area has basically three zones: The "Lower Mainland", the more densely popularted area between Hope and Vancouver, The "Upper Fraser" between Hop and Lytton, which flows through a canyon with both the Trans-Canada Highway and the two trans-continental rail lines hugging the canyon walls, and then the Thompson River which runs east from Lytton toward Kamloops.

Trans-Canada Highway history from West Vancovuer to Hope

Sea To Sky (Highway 99) to Whistler & Lillooet Upper Levels Highway to Second Narrows Bridge Bridges in and around Vancouver Highway 99 outh to White Rock Lower Mainland Route: Burnaby to Hope Bridges across the Fraser River

Trans-Canada Highway history from Hope to Kamloops (via #1)

Trans-Canada #1 in the Fraser Canyon Alexandria Bridge & Hells Gate

Trans-Canada Highway history from Hope to Kamloops (via #8 Coquihalla)

Building the Coquihalls Highway


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Fraser Valley Communities


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Fraser Valley Accommodation & Attractions

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Fraser Valley AccommodationsHat Creek Ranch

Historic Hat Creek Ranch offers you a rare opportunity to explore the original buildings used by the Gold Rush travelers of the 1860’s. Stroll along the actual dirt road the wagon trains traveled on, and visit the historic roadhouse,

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Fraser Valley AccommodationsRamada Harrison Hot Springs

Outfitted with new beds, pillow, duvets and TVs, our Hot Springs beach resort accommodations deliver all the luxury and convenience that your vacation deserves.

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Fraser Valley AccommodationsBest Western Rainbow Country

Chilliwack's finest full service hotel and conference centre.Tropical garden atrium with indoor pool and hot tub. Enjoy a gourmet meal in the Garden Court Dining Room and then dance the night away in JD's Lounge.

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Fraser Valley AccommodationsHoliday Motel & RV Resort

This log-cabin style motel with cottages and an RV park is 1.4 km from the Trans-Canada Highway, 4.5 km from Hope Golf Club and 10 km from Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

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Fraser Valley AccommodationsBridal Falls RV Campground

Welcome to Bridal Veil Falls and the Bridal Falls Travel center. Situated at the foot of Mount Cheam, the furthest northerly peak of the North Cascades mountain range and in the heart of the Fraser River Valley

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsThomas Cook Travel

Thomas Cook is the largest leisure travel retail company in Canada. We employ experienced professional travel consultants, backed by a fully integrated web site & call centre. Our customers benefit from our superior buying power with our suppliers.

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsBudget Car & Truck Rentals

Budget has great deals on Compacts, Mid-sizes, Minivans, and Standard SUVs, even trucks for your move. With "Fastbreak" you have no lines, no paperwork, no signatures...and one-click online booking!

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsBelmont Golf Course

Designed by Les Furber. Water challenges on 10 of the 18 holes in a picturesque rolling terrain. Six holes are par 3s. Bent grass greens are featured on this course, opened in 1993.A true Fraser Valley gem, Les Furber's task in the creation

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsThe Fort Wine Company

Fraser Valley blueberries are famous for their ripe juiciness and wonderful flavour. From this local harvest, our winery produces a delicious blueberry wine that is bound to surprise and even astonish.

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsBudget Car & Truck Rentals

Budget has great deals on Compacts, Mid-sizes, Minivans, and Standard SUVs, even trucks for your move. With "Fastbreak" you have no lines, no paperwork, no signatures...and one-click online booking!

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