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The Fraser River is the longest river in BC. Flowing from its headwaters on the Pacific slope of the Continental Divide near Mount Robson, the Fraser travels 1,375 km (854 mi) to the Pacific Ocean near Vancouver. The entire basin drains one third of the area of the province and is home to 2.4 million people – 63% of BC’s population.
The river’s upper section was first explored by Sir Alexander Mackenzie in 1793, but it was Simon Fraser who, on behalf of the North West Company, travelled almost its entire length from Prince George in the early 1800s, laying the ground work for the river’s extensive use in the fur trade.
Most people consider the Fraser Canyon to be the area between Hope and Lytton because one can see it from the Trans-Canada Highway. The mid-Fraser Canyon between Williams Lake and Lillooet, however, travels through the most pristine bunchgrass grasslands in the world. I consider it to be the most breathtaking section of the river, however, due to its remoteness, few have seen it and fewer still have experienced it.
During the past 10,000 years, the river has carved a deep canyon and the drainage from the hills and mountains above have carved cliffs of immense beauty. This is where I recommend you to camp!
Pitch your tent below some of these beautifully sculptured bluffs, which are in the vicinity of Big Bar, west of Clinton. In the evening light, they look like carved castles or places of ancient worship along the Old Silk Road in the Middle Eastern desert. You’ll also often find caves where wildlife spend the night.
There’s even more to explore along the river. Because the Fraser has the most productive salmon fishery in the world, it has sustained comfortable lifestyles since the last Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago. You will find First Nations habitation sites and remnants from the Fraser River Gold Rush.
From the only dirt road in the area, you can get incredible views overlooking the mid-Fraser River. To get more information on how to access this region, contact or visit the Visitor Information Centres in both 100 Mile House and Clinton. The mid-Fraser Canyon has yet to be discovered, so if you up for an adventure, it’s well worth the experience.
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