Fraser River

The Spuzzum First Nation annual First Fish ceremony features family fun, great food and an appreciation of the abundance of nature in a spirit of Indigenous reconciliation. (Submitted)

First Fish ceremony honours abundance of salmon for Spuzzum First Nation

Public invited to attend annual traditional event on Aug. 6 at Alexandra Bridge

 

Still from a video as a jet boat stopped after speeding on the Vedder River on July 24, 2022. Three men then got out and seriously assaulted an angler on shore. (Anonymous submitted)

First Nations, fishing groups and City of Chilliwack want jet boats banned from Fraser River tributaries

‘We think it’s time, for the sake of the fish, that we need to take some action’ - Sumas Chief Dalton Silver

 

Screenshot from video posted in early 2021 showing repeated crossings through side channels of the Fraser River at Gill Bar in Chilliwack. (Facebook)

DFO shuts down vehicle access to Gill Bar in Chilliwack

Enforcement and media attention haven’t helped stop habitat destruction by 4-by-4s

 

Morrow BioScience technician looks for mosquito larvae to treat in back channels of the Fraser River. (Morrow BioScience)

Late spring, high water on Fraser River ‘a perfect scenario’ for floodwater mosquito breeding

‘We understand the frustration with the current abundance of mosquitoes,’ says contractor

Morrow BioScience technician looks for mosquito larvae to treat in back channels of the Fraser River. (Morrow BioScience)
July 6 hydrometric data graph for the Fraser River at Mission. (Government of Canada)

Fraser River levels starting to recede but officials warn ‘waterways are still high and moving fast’

Evacuation alerts will stay in place until water levels recede further, say local governments

July 6 hydrometric data graph for the Fraser River at Mission. (Government of Canada)
As of June 30, the Fraser River water level, at the Mission gauge, was just under six metres. Current forecasts expect another peak at around six metres before levels drop again. (Kevin Mills/Black Press Media)

Flood threat recedes, but Fraser River still high near Langley

Evacuation alerts are still in place for Township, Katzie reserve residents

As of June 30, the Fraser River water level, at the Mission gauge, was just under six metres. Current forecasts expect another peak at around six metres before levels drop again. (Kevin Mills/Black Press Media)
Almost bank full conditions on Old Orchard Road in Chilliwack on June 30, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

6 properties on Old Orchard Road were issued evacuation alerts by City of Chilliwack

Fraser River levels to rise over the Canada Day long weekend, warns provincial River Forecast Centre

Almost bank full conditions on Old Orchard Road in Chilliwack on June 30, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Call for sandbagging help from neighbours went out from Shxwha:y Village and Skwah First Nation on June 27, 2022. (Eddie Gardner/Facebook)

First Nations near Chilliwack ask neighbours for help sandbagging as waters rise

Call for help to keep flood waters at bay came from Shxwha:y Village, Skwah First Nation

Call for sandbagging help from neighbours went out from Shxwha:y Village and Skwah First Nation on June 27, 2022. (Eddie Gardner/Facebook)
The riverside trail outside the dog park, and the outhouse were closed June 14, 2022 at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack due to high water. This sign was posted the last time the dog park was closed on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

High water closes riverside trail at Island 22 park in Chilliwack until further notice

Bike park, riverside trail, outhouse all closed by FVRD due to erosion, freshet

The riverside trail outside the dog park, and the outhouse were closed June 14, 2022 at Island 22 Regional Park in Chilliwack due to high water. This sign was posted the last time the dog park was closed on June 28, 2020. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The Trans Canada Trail at Thacker Regional Park in Hope would be the perfect place to log some time for the Swim the River event this summer. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

Hope residents invited to ‘Swim the River’ to help the Fraser

An event organized by the Rivershed Society of B.C. aims to protect and restore Fraser watersheds

The Trans Canada Trail at Thacker Regional Park in Hope would be the perfect place to log some time for the Swim the River event this summer. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
The Fraser River is low right now, but will soon rise with the spring freshet. And with that rise comes the annual preparations for flooding. (Jessica Peters/Hope Standard)

Now is the time to prepare for potential Fraser River flooding, says FVRD

Spring freshet still hasn’t arrived and snow pack is higher than normal throughout headwaters

The Fraser River is low right now, but will soon rise with the spring freshet. And with that rise comes the annual preparations for flooding. (Jessica Peters/Hope Standard)
Ross Aikenhead stands at the Gill Road bar access on the Fraser River on May 11, 2022. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Time to shut down access to the Fraser River at Gill Road bar, say stewards

Governing bodies responsible for the area ‘don’t seem to want to enforce anything’

Ross Aikenhead stands at the Gill Road bar access on the Fraser River on May 11, 2022. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Extreme turbulence at the slide in the Fraser River near Big Bar was blocking fish passage in June 2019. (Incident Command Post)

Research team looking to prevent another Big Bar landslide that could wipe out B.C. salmon

‘Goal is to determine where the next landslide (to) threaten salmon is going to happen:’ researcher

Extreme turbulence at the slide in the Fraser River near Big Bar was blocking fish passage in June 2019. (Incident Command Post)
The mighty Fraser River near Chilliwack during spring freshet on May 2, 2021 at Island 22 Regional Park. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Cool spring delayed snow melt but seasonal flood risk on Fraser River still weather dependent

Water levels at Mission forecast to peak at 5.3m this freshet, which is slightly above average

The mighty Fraser River near Chilliwack during spring freshet on May 2, 2021 at Island 22 Regional Park. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
A new 30-metre wide opening in the Fraser River’s North Arm Jetty allows juvenile Chinook salmon to reach a vital estuary for the first time in more than 100 years. (Photo by Alex Harris/Raincoast Conservation Foundation)

Juvenile salmon gain access to crucial B.C. habitat for first time in 100 years

New opening in Fraser River jetty allows for slow transition from fresh to salt water

A new 30-metre wide opening in the Fraser River’s North Arm Jetty allows juvenile Chinook salmon to reach a vital estuary for the first time in more than 100 years. (Photo by Alex Harris/Raincoast Conservation Foundation)
Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society volunteer Colin Bond had never seen anything like it. He photographed this large sturgeon floating with a smaller sturgeon in its mouth on Feb. 5, 2022 near Fort Langley. (Colin Bond/FRSCS Facebook)

‘A very sore throat’: 6-foot sturgeon found with fish stuck in mouth in Fraser River

Sturgeon conservation group can’t rule out cannibalism to explain sturgeon in sturgeon sighting

Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society volunteer Colin Bond had never seen anything like it. He photographed this large sturgeon floating with a smaller sturgeon in its mouth on Feb. 5, 2022 near Fort Langley. (Colin Bond/FRSCS Facebook)
Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)

Building spotted floating down Fraser past Maple Ridge

Shed has been secured by port authority

Building spotted floating down the Fraser River past Maple Ridge. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Ice on the Fraser River between Langley and Maple Ridge. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Fraser River freezes shore-to-shore between Langley and Maple Ridge

First time in years the river has frozen solid – but don’t walk on it

Ice on the Fraser River between Langley and Maple Ridge. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Lina Azeez (right), Roxanna Kooistra, both of Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and Lincoln Froese, talking about the Connected Waters Campaign, on Aug. 12, 2016 near the Fraser River in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Building better flood protection means making it more fish-friendly: Watershed Watch

With post-flood repair money coming, it’s time to consider threatened salmon stocks, say advocates

Lina Azeez (right), Roxanna Kooistra, both of Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and Lincoln Froese, talking about the Connected Waters Campaign, on Aug. 12, 2016 near the Fraser River in Chilliwack. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
People await transport by boat from Hope to Chilliwack and other communities in the Eastern Fraser Valley. (Rick Stahl photo)

Jet boat rides on offer for those cut off from communities in Eastern Fraser Valley

Fishing guides with access to jet boats shuttling people between Chilliwack, Hope and Mission

People await transport by boat from Hope to Chilliwack and other communities in the Eastern Fraser Valley. (Rick Stahl photo)