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A River Run Through Us: Facts about the Mighty Fraser

You may camp beside it, maybe you fish it. You may white water raft it or face it alone in a kayak with nothing but a wet suit and courage – and not to little upper body strength. The Fraser River is many things to many people, for some, the beautiful view they see from their porch in the morning, to others a source of food and life. Here are a few facts you may not have known about the Fraser.

  • The Fraser River /ˈfreɪzər/ is the longest river within British Columbia, Canada, rising at Fraser Pass near Mount Robson in the Rocky Mountains and flowing for 1,375 kilometres (854 mi), into the Strait of Georgia at the city of Vancouver.
  • It is the tenth longest river in Canada.
  • The river’s annual discharge at its mouth is 112 km3 (27 cubic miles or 3550 m3/s), and it discharges 20 million tons of sediment into the ocean.
  • The river is named for Simon Fraser, who led an expedition on behalf of the North West Company from the site of present-day Prince George almost to the mouth of the river.
  • The river’s name in the Halqemeylem (Upriver Halkomelem) language is Sto:lo, often seen archaically as Staulo, and has been adopted by the Halkomelem-speaking peoples of the Lower Mainland as their collective name, Sto:lo.
  • The river’s name in the Dakelh language is Lhtakoh.
  • The Tsilhqot’in name for the river, not dissimilar to the Dakelh name, is ʔElhdaqox, meaning Sturgeon (ʔElhda) River (Qox).
  • About 600 freighters use the Fraser River each year. These boats come from Korea, Japan, Australia, China, USA, South America and Europe!
  • There are more than 65 kinds of fish in the Fraser.
  • The Fraser River is home to six kinds of SALMON – it is one of the greatest salmon producing rivers in the WORLD!
  • All of Great Britain would fit into the Fraser River Watershed.

For more environmental information about the Fraser visit Davidsuzuki.org

Check out some beautiful photographs of the Fraser at http://photoblog.mrussellphotography.com/tag/fraser-river/

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