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.
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.
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.
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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
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.
51 sites, right next door to the rodeo grounds and a beautiful park with a baseball field.
AAA 3 diamonds close to downtown & Coquihalla. Facilities include coffee shop, , handicap facilities, health club, ice machines, meeting rooms, nonsmoking rooms, restaurants, swimming pool.
Near highway junction, in town centre. seasonal heated pool. Rooms with kitchens, dataports, cable TV, some smoking rooms, non-smoking meeting room.
Centrally located in Hemlock Village, ski-in & ski-out
accommodations. Choose from two theme rooms or a
private suite with a full kitchen and living room and
all have access to the hot tub.
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Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
This 2003 golf course and RV park has a panoramic view of nearby Sumas Mountain and the Cascade range, with long, straight fairways and open, forgiving roughs. 11 holes are more than 400 yards, to require full use of your drivers, and most
A spectacular course at the base of Thompson Mountain has water playing into nearly every hole and wildlife in the form of coyotes or foxes on the loose. The surrounding natural wetlands which are home to an abundance of local wildlife incl
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