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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 AccommodationsSandman Inn Cache Creek

Clean, quiet, comfortable 2 storey hotel with a full service restaurant, some kitchenettes and smoking units are available. Full service restaurant onsite.. Pets okay, some smoking rooms.

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Fraser Valley AccommodationsSumas RV Park

51 sites, right next door to the rodeo grounds and a beautiful park with a baseball field.

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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 AccommodationsFraser Cove Campground

We are right beside the historic suspension bridge, built in 1913, which is now open to pedestrians & cyclists. The mountain & river scenery are spectacular! A unique riverfront setting, with 20 full hook-up sites and tenting on the beach.

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Fraser Valley AccommodationsHarrison Heritage House

A quiet B&B situated on secluded acre in the heart of Harrison Hot Springs. Offering prself-contained B&B rooms as well as private riverside cottags. Steps from the beach, public hot springs pool and all of Harrisons restaurants.

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsMission Springs Brewing Company

Local Brewery for Mission, BC

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsRidge Brewing Company

The Best Craft Beer, Growlers & Kegs in Maple Ridge. We produce different styles of beer and will be rotating our menu often in order to provide our clients with new tastes and flavors.

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsFraser River Safari Ltd.

A fantastic adventure into the "wild" Fraser Valley. Cruise, view and experience nature in style on this one of a kind tour boat. Award winning tour operation and a 100% BC Experience

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsFraserglen Golf Course & Training Centre

This is a fun and challenging mid-length course, with a flat, tree lined easy-walking fairways, with well bunkered greens to challenge for golfers of all levels. Excellent drainage keeps the course dry even in the rainiest weather. This cou

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsPitt Meadows Golf Club

The course has a mature treed Layout. Easy to walk, but challenging for all levels of play

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