The Fraser River - Hope, British-Columbia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member machard
N 49° 22.665 W 121° 26.618
10U E 612971 N 5470614
Quick Description: With a length of 1,375 km, the Fraser is the longest river within British Columbia and the longest of the Canadian Heritage Rivers.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 2/5/2020 1:57:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM12204
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
The headwaters of the Fraser River are high in the Rocky Mountains. Fed by spring snowmelt, the river passes through the rolling hills and flatlands of the interior plateau, through the Coast Mountains and Fraser Canyon, and eventually enters a broad flood-plain extending 130 km to Vancouver and the river’s mouth at the Strait of Georgia, part of the Salish Sea. Unlike many other large rivers worldwide, the Fraser has never been dammed on its main stem. It is, in this sense, a truly wild river. (website)

Fraser River was named a Canadian Heritage River in 1998. It is the 11th longest river in Canada.

The Fraser's highest recorded flow, in June 1894, is estimated to have been 17,000 cubic metres per second (600,000 cu ft/s) at Hope. It was calculated using high-water marks near the hydrometric station at Hope and various statistical methods. In 1948 the Fraser River Board adopted the estimate for the 1894 flood. It remains the value specified by regulatory agencies for all flood control work on the river. Further studies and hydraulic models have estimated the maximum discharge of the Fraser River, at Hope during the 1894 flood, as within a range of about 16,000 to 18,000 cubic metres per second (570,000 to 640,000 cu ft/s).

location mouth (average and min); max at Hope
average 3,475 m3/s (122,700 cu ft/s)
minimum 575 m3/s (20,300 cu ft/s)
maximum 17,000 m3/s (600,000 cu ft/s)

For more information, see the Fraser River Discovery Center website: (visit link)
WILD: no

Number of WILD miles: 600 km


Number of SCENIC miles: 475 km


Number of RECREATIONAL miles: 300 km rafting-ride

River Link: [Web Link]

Support documentation: Not listed

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