Photographer's Note

Evening sun along the Fraser River, the waterway which shaped the history of British Columbia, which became a province of Canada in 1871. Home to a few thousand indigenous Stolo natives for thousands of years, the lower Fraser Valley was first occupied by Europeans in 1827, with the establishment of Fort Langley, where Hudson's Bay Co. fur traders established a post. The area was inundated by some 30,000 gold miners in 1858 upon the discovery of gold in the Fraser Canyon, and all of them used either canoe or steamboat along the river to reach the diggings. Several hundred disillusioned miners became the first permanent European settlers of the valley. Until the establishment of a viable road and rail system in the 1900's, the river remained the chief artery of transportation, though settlement along its shores was limited due to annual floods.

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Additional Photos by John Cherrington (john_c) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 52 N: 5746] (24666)
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