Ross Lake - Manning Park, BC.

Fraser Country

Traveling east from Greater Vancouver along Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway) or Highway 7 on the north bank of the Fraser River will bring you to the start of Fraser Country. The wide, fertile lower Fraser Valley is spread between the Coast and Cascade Mountains, parallel with the Canada-US border and runs 150 km between Vancouver and Hope before heading through the steep canyons and gorges of the Cascade Mountains.

The Fraser (named after explorer Simon Fraser in 1813) is the heart of one of the world’s greatest salmon producing river systems. And the country it traverses is simply magnificent. In fact, the river actually shaped much of Fraser country. Over thousands of years, it carved a spectacular canyon through the Coast Mountains, a broad, lush valley with some of Canada’s most fertile farmland, and a vast delta and wetlands.

The Lower Fraser Valley is a rural region of berry fields and dairy farms. Built along the fertile Fraser River floodplain, forested hills rise abruptly at the edge of the fields. Flower bulb farmers grow many acres of tulips and daffodils and in the spring the land is a sea of colour.

The Langley region is on the western edge of the Fraser Valley and agriculture is its mainstay. Visitors can take advantage of local produce by visiting farm gate shops and taking home freshly picked fruit and vegetables. The Langley Circle Farm Tour guide is also available locally. At nearby Fort Langley resides Fort Langley National Historic Site. This historic fur trading post is showcased today by costumed interpreters who demonstrate the pioneer way of life. The town of Fort Langley is also a popular spot those who want to browse through unique shops, an art gallery and partake of local foods in one of the many eateries.

The City of Abbotsford is one of the fastest growing areas in North America. Nearby, the city of the Chilliwack is surrounded by attractions and activities that include Cultus Lake Provincial Park, and the waterfall at Bridal Falls. The surrounding mountains, lakes and rivers allow for many outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, boating, kayaking and many challenging golf courses.

Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs, accessible via Highway 7, and British Columbia’s first resort community, is built on the shore of Harrison Lake. A popular vacation destination, the town’s sandy beaches and two mineral hot springs beckon tourists. Further up the valley the Fraser River narrows at the town of Hope, the gateway to BC’s Interior. Hope is at the junction of four major highways – Highways 1,3, 5 and 7. Hope was once a fur trade and gold rush town but now celebrates its connection with forestry and wildlife. Hope has become known as the “Chainsaw Carving Capital” with 20 giant wooden sculptures scattered around town.

Cutting through the Cascade Mountains, the Fraser flows through a region of deep gorges and narrow canyons. Follow the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) north from Hope along this magnificent section of highway and stop at Hell’s Gate, the narrowest point along the whole river’s length. Here, you can descend into the canyon in an air-tram for a close-up look at the raging river. Further along the route the vegetation thins and the rain shadow takes hold of the scenery as you approach Lytton. Here the clear waters of the Thompson River merge with the muddy Fraser River. Lytton offers some of the best whitewater rafting in Canada.

Trail Along Cambie Creek, Manning Park. Photo: Kim Walker

Trail Along Cambie Creek, Manning Park. Photo: Kim Walker

Manning Park, along the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) from Hope, offers skiing in the winter for all levels and horseback excursions, mountain bike rentals and hiking during the summer. On the drive to the park stop and see the awesome Hope Landslide east of town. Manning Park is a pristine provincially managed park offering many wildlife viewing opportunities and is best known for its abundant populations of marmots, ground squirrels and pikas.

Fraser Country & Nearby Accommodations

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A&H RV Rentals & Service

A&H RV Rentals & Service

Abbotsford

A&H RV Rentals & Service is family-owned and operated in the Fraser Valley. We offer year-round rentals with quality units and competitive rates; utility trailers, tent trailers and travel trailers. We offer full mechanical maintenance and repairs. Located on the south side of Hwy 1, Clearbrook Rd., ... Read more
Aloha Trailer Park & Campground

Aloha Trailer Park & Campground

Abbotsford

Full or partial RV hookups, tenting, coin showers, laundry, store with gas/propane and bus stop nearby. No fires permitted. Minutes from attractions and shopping centre. Weekly and off-season rates. Reservations not accepted, first come, first serve basis. Cash only. ... Read more
Bridal Falls Motel

Bridal Falls Motel

Rosedale

A short walk to Bridal Veil Falls, water park, Golf Course and Driving Range. Walking distance to stores and restaurants. Monthly rates available in off season. ... Read more
Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Camperland RV Resort at Rosedale

Rosedale

Nestled at the base of Mt. Cheam and situated off the Trans Canada Highway, Camperland RV Resort is the perfect base for travellers or families wanting to escape their busy lives for a relaxing and fun vacation. Adjacent to Bridal Veil Provincial Park and Bridal Falls Waterpark, the whole family wil ... Read more
Cheam Fishing Village and Campground

Cheam Fishing Village and Campground

Agassiz

The Cheam Fishing Village & Campground is located on traditional fishing grounds of the Cheam First Nation people. Nestled on the shores of the majestic Fraser River, the Cheam Fishing Village & Campground is a family-oriented campground with campsites that range from waterfront to parklike settings ... Read more
Chilliwack Lake RV Rental

Chilliwack Lake RV Rental

Cultus Lake

Enjoy the best of the RV Lifestyle! Avoid towing, parking, levelling, hooking up to services - we will have everything ready for you when you arrive. CHILLIWACK LAKE Experience a pristine valley-bottom lake surrounded by old-growth forest from the comfort of your 28 foot trailer located in Chilliwac ... Read more
Coquihalla Campground

Coquihalla Campground

Hope

The Coquihalla Campground has approximately 117 camping sites and is located along the Coquihalla River. Approximately 32 are full service hook-ups with cable. The park has access to a variety of fishing opportunities in the area from fly fishing to river boat fishing tours. In addition, it is in a ... Read more
Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Chilliwack

Situated at a great location, two minutes from downtown Chilliwack, surrounded by beautiful trees, birds and fish in a creek. Located next to Chilliwack Heritage Park and Cheam Golf Course. Open all year round. ... Read more
Cultus Lake Trailer Rental

Cultus Lake Trailer Rental

Cultus Lake

One of the most popular summer destinations in the Lower Mainland, Cultus Lake Provincial Park is located 11 kilometers southwest of Chilliwack. There are two RV’s available for rent at Cultus Lake. Everything you will need to enjoy your outdoor adventure is supplied: electricity and water, barbeq ... Read more
Diamond Head Motor Inn

Diamond Head Motor Inn

Mission

Diamond Head Motor Inn is the perfect accommodation to enjoy all the benefits of being nestled amongst the beautiful scenery. We are located in the heart of downtown Mission, near the Mission raceway and walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Our hotel offers spacious rooms that feature full ... Read more
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