Community River Fact:

The valley, now occupied by Still Creek, Burnaby Lake and the Brunette River, was formerly an arm of the Fraser River Delta flowing west from Coquitlam into Burrard Inlet. Geologic forces later caused the Grandview Ridge (west of Boundary Road) to lift, blocking the Fraser's path.

Community River Fact:

When Chiliwack was incorporated in 1873, the population was concentrated along the Fraser River at Chilliwack Landing, where steamboats, originating in New Westminster, transported people and goods.

  • MP

    Mark Strahl (Chilliwack-Hope), Conservative

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Industries
    • Agriculture
    • Aviation and Aerospace
    • Education
    • Film
    • Food Processing
    • Healthcare
    • Manufacturing
    • Professional Services
    • Real Estate
    • Retail/Wholesale
    • Technology
    • Tourism
  • Major Employers
    • Chilliwack School District #33
    • Chilliwack General Hospital
    • Convergys

City of Langley

Community River Fact:

The name "Coquitlam" comes from the Coast Salish word "kwikwetlem," which means "red fish up the river." It alludes to the importance of salmon in Coast Salish culture.

Community River Fact:

Delta is named for its river-related geography. It is the delta of the Fraser River where the river meets the ocean and deposits silt to create a landform.

First Nations

  • Traditional territories

    The Sto:lo people, part of the Coast Salish, have lived along the Fraser River for 10,000 years.

    They were the first fishers, farmers, travellers and traders along the river.

Community River Fact:

At the time of contact with Europeans, there were approximately 30,000 people living between the communities we now know as Richmond and Yale.

Community River Fact:

John McIver, originally a cooper at Fort Langley, took up a land grant in 1959 and named his farm “Maple Ridge” after a prominent row of maple trees on the ridge above the river.

  • Population

    38,833 (2016)

  • Mayor
  • MLA

    Simon Gibson (Abbotsford-Mission), BC Liberals

  • MP

    Jati Sidhu (Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon), Liberal Party of Canada

Community River Fact:

June 10, 1948 marked the second-largest recorded flood on the Fraser, with the river reaching a peak elevation of 7.6 metres in Mission. Nearly one-third of the entire Lower Fraser Valley floodplain flooded.

  • River Frontage
    • Approximately half of the Mission waterfront is zoned industrial/commercial
    • Remainder is primarily agricultural
    • Small segments are privately owned or designated for recreational use
  • Riverfront Usage
    • Industrial transportation includes barging companies transporting sawdust, coal and aggregate.
    • Tourism providers benefit from recreational fishing, leisure boating and river safari tours
    • Mission Harbour Authority offers a wharf, four pontoon floats protected by an ice shear and a boat launch.
    • Several small commercial fishing boats operate from Mission Harbour.
    • Hiking opportunities were enhanced with the Experience the Fraser project for Jack Poole Harbour and Mission also developed the  Silver Creek Wetlands Conservation area.
    • Development of the waterfront remains an objective of Council, with the economic development office providing 3D imagery to enable investors to visualize the potential for this area.
  • Industries

    Manufacturing

  • Major Employers
    • School District #75
    • Corrections Canada
    • District of Mission
    • Real Canadian Superstor
    • Walmart
    • Mission Memorial Hospital
    • Safeway
    • Save On Foods
    • Tim Hortons
    • London Drugs
Community River Fact:

Until 1859, New Westminster was the entry point for all vessels navigating the Fraser River.

  • River Frontage
    6.9 km Queensborough
    1.9 km Poplar Island
    2.6 km West Side (Mainland)
    2.5 km Downtown (Mainland)
    2.8 km East Side (Mainland)
    16.6 km New Westminster Total
  • Riverfront Users
    • Hotels and accommodation (Inn at Westminster Quay)
    • New Westminster Parks and Recreation Department (Westminster Pier Park, etc.)
    • Retail services located near the waterfront (River Market)
    • Restaurants and pubs located near the waterfront (e.g., restaurants and pubs in River Market)
    • New Westminster residents for recreational uses
    • Industrial businesses (manufacturing, shipping, raw materials processing, etc.)
    • Railways and railway companies
    • Tourism (e.g., Samson V Maritime Museum)
    • Commercial boaters, recreational boaters
    • Real estate developers (attractiveness of waterfront land)
    • Retail businesses that import goods from Asia
    • Animals and plants that live near and in the river
  • Riverfront Parks and Trails
    • Port Royal Park
    • Port Royal Riverfront Walk
    • Sapperton Park
    • Thompson’s Landing Park
    • Waterfront Esplanade
    • Westminster Pier Park
  • Major Employers: Public
    • BC Government – Ministry of Justice (New Westminster Courthouse)
    • Canada Post
    • Corporation of City of New Westminster (also includes fire department, library and police department)
    • Douglas College
    • Fraser Health Authority (Public Health Unit, Queens Park Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital etc.)
    • Justice Institute of BC
    • New Westminster School District
    • Translink
  • Major Employers: Private
    • Army & Navy Department Stores Ltd.
    • Burlington Northern Railroad
    • Canada Safeway
    • Gateway Casinos and Entertainment
    • Kruger Products
    • London Drugs Ltd.
    • Lowe’s Canada
    • McDonald’s Restaurants
    • RBC (Royal Bank of Canada)
    • Save-on Foods
    • Shoppers Drug Mart
    • Telus
    • TD Bank
    • Wal-Mart Canada Corporation
Community River Fact:

Because 95 percent of Pitt Meadows lies within the floodplain of the Fraser River, the city has an extensive dyke system spanning more than 60 km.

Community River Fact:

Richmond’s Steveston Harbour Authority is the largest small-craft harbour in Canada, home to more than 400 commercial fishing vessels.

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Riverfront Users
    • BC Ferries
    • Canadian Fishing Company
    • Crown Packaging
    • Skyline Marina
    • Shelter Island Marina
    • Steveston Harbour Authority
    • YVR Float Plane Terminal
  • Industries
    • Aviation: Richmond is home to over 400 companies in the sector, earning collectively $1.25 billion in revenue and employing over 10,000 people.
    • Agriculture: 39% of Richmond’s land base in the Agricultural Land Reserve. There are 200 farms in the city, and 50% of BC’s cranberries are grown here.
    • Information Technology: 5 of BC’s 10 largest software companies are located in Richmond. There are 300 software and service companies operating in the city.
    • Fisheries: There are 60 fish processing and wholesale companies, employing over 1,200 people in Richmond.
    • Manufacturing: Over 650 manufacturers call Richmond home and employ over 12,000 people.
    • Retail: 12% of the Richmond’s workforce is employed in the retail. Richmond has 30 shopping centers and nearly 1200 stores
    • Tourism: Tourism in Richmond is responsible for 7,400 direct jobs and over $353 million in annual GDP. Richmond had the highest hotel occupancy rate in Canada for the past two years.
    • Transportation & Logistics: There are over 500 freight, logistics and cargo companies in Richmond.
  • Major Employers
    • Canada Post
    • MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates
    • Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)
    • WorkSafeBC
Community River Fact:

Surrey got its name in 1879 when a municipal council clerk noted that it lay right across the Fraser River from New Westminster, mirroring the geography of Westminster and County Surrey in England.

  • River Frontage
    • 22 km of floodplain encompasses 776 hectares of developed land that includes a high-density mix of industrial and residential properties
    • 16 km of waterfront is designated for industrial or other non-park uses
    • 6 km is dedicated to parks
  • Riverfront Users

    Surrey actively supports the economic development of industry in the waterfront communities of South Westminster, Bridgeview and Port Kells. Surrey also has future plans to increase parkland in the area by targeting adjacent parks properties.

    Recreation on the Fraser River is challenging due to industrial users and freighter traffic, as well as to the dangerous nature of the river during seasonal flow changes, hazardous weather and tidal conditions. Small crafts plus human-powered watercraft (stand up paddle boards) are occasional users.

  • Riverfront Parks
    • Tannery Park
    • Brownsville Bar Park
    • Surrey Public Wharf
    • Surrey Bend Regional Park
    • 28A Greenbelt
  • Major Employers
    • Allied Blower
    • Bekaert Industries
    • CN Railway/Intermodal Yard
    • Cullen Diesel
    • Cummins Western Canada
    • Finning International Inc
    • Fraser Surrey Docks
    • Freightliner of Vancouver
    • Frito Lay Day & Ross
    • Helly Hansen Canada
    • Mill & Timber
    • Pacific Coast Express
    • Pentco Industries
    • Quik X Logistics
    • Rimex Supply Ltd
    • S&R Sawmills
    • Teal Jones Group
    • Van Kam Freightways
    • Vitran Distribution

Township of Langley

Community River Fact:

The Musqueam First Nation have been living continuously in their main winter village, Xwméthkwyiem, at the mouth of the Fraser River for 4,000 years.