A wide river valley patchwork of barns, dairies, and fields flanked by steep mountains, southwestern British Columbia’s Fraser Valley is about agriculture. It’s a source for anything farm fresh, plus wineries, microbreweries, golf courses, sturgeon and salmon fishing.
Beyond the valley, to the northeast, the Fraser Canyon’s dramatic landscape includes sheer granite walls rising up from a raging river. Experience gold rush history at Yale Historic Site, cross the canyon at Hell’s Gate, and raft the mighty Fraser River.
The Fraser River has been an important source of food, transportation, and a trading route for Indigenous Peoples for centuries. The annual return of salmon, swimming up the massive river to their spawning grounds, is an awe-inspiring natural wonder. Today, the river continues to play a central role in British Columbia’s geography and culture, and the fertile lands of the Fraser Valley inherently rely on the river’s health.
Just an hour’s drive east of Vancouver, the Fraser Valley is home restaurants, wineries, and breweries, all embracing local ingredients.
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Want to sample some of BC's best produce and hand-crafted beverages? Head to the Fraser Valley to explore farms, wineries, tulip festivals, and more.
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