Posted by: cherylyoung | January 16, 2014



The wide, fertile Fraser Valley is spread between the Coast and

Cascade Mountains, parallel to the US-Canada border.

The valley runs for more than a hundred miles inland from

the Pacific Ocean to the small town of Hope at its eastern end.

You can drive from one end of the Fraser Valley to the other in

abouttwo hours, but you can just as easily spend a lifetime exploring

the 150 kilometres (93 miles) between Vancouver and Hope.


Almost all of the fertile land is rural and supports a blend of

farming, forestry,and outdoor recreation.

The Fraser River flows down the middle of the Fraser Valley
and by the very nature of its broad, deep, muddy girth, forces
road travellers to choose between its north or south side.
Two major highways cut east-west routes through the
Fraser Valley, and link Vancouver with Hope. Highway 7
(the Lougheed Highway, or Broadway, in Vancouver)
traverses the North Fraser Valleyparallel with the Fraser River.
As Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway) heads east of
Vancouver, it crosses the Fraser River on the Port Mann
Bridgeand leads through the South Fraser Valley.

Whereas Highway 1 is a divided freeway designed to deliver

travellers to their destination as quickly as possible, in most

places Highway 7 is aconventional roadway and doubles as the

main street for thetowns through which it passes.


Begin this scenic journey of the Fraser Valley by following

Highway 7 along the north bank of the historic Fraser River.

Visit Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge, and enjoy the mild

climate while teeing off on championship 18-hole golf courses

amid rolling tranquil countryside, with views of mountain

peaks and winding rivers.

Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge is a destination

withmany possibilities, and is a popular camping venue.

Once there, you can fan out through the park to explore on

foot,by boat, by bike, or on horseback.

Keep your camera handy!

Pitt Lake, a superb location for paddlerssearching for

freshwater adventure, serves as the gateway to several

wilderness areas.

The Pitt-Wildlife Management Area is home to trumpeter

swans,rare sandhill cranes, hawks, eagles, herons, ospreys,

and othe wildlife.

The Fraser winds along to Mission, which is tied historically
to the Cariboo gold rush of the 1850s.
There is still a strong Native presence in the region, and
each year in July,the Mission Powwow draws drummers,
singers, dancers, and spectatorsto a three-day festival.
as the oldest dwelling site in the province.
The Sto:lo Nation has erected a longhouse at the site
where, betweenJune to September, visitors can learn
more about traditional First Nations’ culture and history.
Westminster Abbey, home to a Benedictine monastery,
crows the skylineand occupies a ridge overlooking the
Fraser River Valley.
well worth visiting.
Look through therestored boarding house, post office, and
general store to get a feel for life on the Fraser River at the
turn of the century, when sternwheelerslinked small towns
like Harrison Mills with the docks downstream atMission
and New Westminster.


After a hectic day of sightseeing, visit Harrison Hot Springs.

Take the airtram for breathtaking views of the Fraser River

as it roarsthrough this famous gorge.

Continue along Hwy 1 to Hope, a pretty little town with great

appeal foroutdoor adventurers –

Kawkawa Lake Provincial Park is nearby, as is

Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park.

Not far away is Manning Provincial Park with more lakes

and hiking trails.

The local joke here is that no matter which way you are

going the rest of B.C. is “beyond Hope”.

Interesting spots for visitors to check out along the way

include Minster Gardens, which feature 11 themed gardens,

designed to dazzlethe senses with fragrance and colour.

Nestled at the base of Mount Cheam, Bridal Falls offers

panoramic views of the Fraser Valley.

The warm waters of Cultus Lake have attracted visitors tofrolic

and splash on its beaches for decades.

The water is so clear, that at midday, the gold sand on

the bottom on the lakeperfectly complements the colour

of the summer sun.

All the amenities of beach life are found here: barbeques,

a picnic gazebo, tennis courts, washroom facilities and

even a boat rental are close at hand.

Continue West along Highway 1 through the lush Fraser

Valley toAbbotsford, Langley, Fort Langley, and Surrey.

Each town has its distinctive charm, history, colour characters

to meet and things to do.

The annual Abbotsford International Airshow, held in

August, features aerial acrobatic teams, vintage aircraft

and stunt flyers.

Attracting 300,000 spectators, this is North America’s largest

aerial extravaganza.

Throughout British Columbia, several historic 19th-century

forts have beenpreserved as reminders of how the west

was originally settled by Europeans.

Fort Langley National Historic Site, a Hudson’s Bay Company

post that has been preserved and restored, is open year-round.

It, too, is a delightful reminder of yesteryear.

Nearby is the Fort Langley Railway Museum, with a restored

station from the 1920s era, a Canadian National Railway

caboose, and an operating model railway.

It’s well worth a visit as you explore the town in the
vicinity of the fort.
Complete this scenic circle tour with a stop in Vancouver.
To list even a portion of Vancouver’s attractions is impossible
to do here.
Suffice it to say, the real charm and advantage of Vancouver
is therange of entertaining options open to visitors.
Urbanites can eat at world-class restaurants, attend the
symphony, shop at exclusive boutiques along Robonstrasse
and never cast so much as a glance at the surrounding sea
and skyscape.

Those with an appreciation of the outdoors can windsurf in

the morning, golf at lunch, ski at noon, and take in the city

lights at night from atop a North Shore mountain.

The city itself is clean, colourful and friendly, with

a cosmopolitan vibrancy that Pacific West Coast cities are

known for.




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