Fraser Canyon Expedition
The Fraser CanyonThe Fraser Canyon is a stretch of the Fraser River where it descends rapidly through narrow rock gorges in the Coast Mountains en route from the Interior Plateau of British Columbia to the Fraser Valley. The canyon walls rise about 1,000 meter (some 3,300 ft) above the rapids. We run those rapids year round and the water conditions and common sense of your guide determine how far we can get into the canyon at a time.
HistoryThe Fraser Canyon is part of our interesting history. Simon Fraser (20 May 1776 – 18 August 1862) was a fur trader and an explorer who charted much of what is now the western Canadian province of British Columbia.
Fraser was employed by the Montreal-based North West Company. By 1805, he had been put in charge of all the company's operations west of the Rocky Mountains. He was responsible for building that area's first trading posts, and, in 1808, he explored what is now known as the Fraser River, which bears his name.
A party of twenty three left Fort Georgia in four canoes on May 28, 1808. The aboriginal inhabitants warned Fraser that the river below would be all but impossible to pass. Worse, even the portages were extremely difficult. Fraser's crews frequently ran dangerous rapids to avoid even more dangerous or laborious portages.
Thirteen days after setting out, Fraser abandoned his canoes above present day Lillooet, and his party continued their journey on foot, occasionally borrowing canoes from the aboriginal communities.
At the mouth of the Canyon, an archaeological site documents the presence of the Stó:l? people from the early Holocene period, 8,000 to 10,000 years ago after the retreat of the Fraser Glacier. During the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858-1860, 10,500 miners and many untold others populated its banks and towns.