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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.

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Trans-Canada Highway history from West Vancouver 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 Accommodation & Attractions

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Fraser Valley AccommodationsTravelodge Merritt

First motel on Highway 5 from the Nicola interchange, wheelchair accessable facilities, large lobby with a fireplace, indoor pool, business cntre, free newspaper. Guest rooms have queen size beds, some rooms with jacuzzi. Korean spoken.

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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 AccommodationsVedder River Inn

Lovely new hotel in Chilliwack. Large suites available.Within walking distance to all amenities. Nearby Cultus Lake, Canada Lands, and the Vedder River.

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Fraser Valley AccommodationsHemlock Hollow Bed & Breakfast

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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Fraser Valley AccommodationsRiverbend Guest House B&B

Being tucked away in Chilliwack River Valley makes this friendly B&B a perfect location for those who love the outdoors. Great for groups of fishermen who want to fish Chilliwack/Vedder River or head over to the Fraser River. Scenic country setting.

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsRoyalwood Golf & RV Resort

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

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsMaple Ridge Golf Course Ltd

Established in 1926, the Maple Ridge Golf Course was one of the first courses built in the Fraser Valley and sits high above the mighty Fraser River. Once home to the McIvor Family, the land has rolling hills surrounded by beautiful majesti

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsThrifty Car Rental

Join our Blue Chip Rewards program & get a free rental after every 16 rental days. Plus, enjoy perks like express lines & expedited counter service.

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsThe Falls Golf & Country Club

This1996 Ted Locke and Rick Wellsby. course has views of the Fraser Valley, Mount Cheam, and the Coast Mountain and rises 750 feet above the Fraser Valley. It features mature trees, giant rock outcroppings, undulating fairways, numerous wat

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Fraser Valley Travel & AttractionsTall Timber Golf Course

Scenic holes and plenty of wildlife, challenging for golfers of all abilities.

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