East of Vancouver, British Columbia, is the area known as the Fraser Valley. The valley is named after the mighty Fraser River which empties into the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver. The river’s source is close to Mt. Robson in the Rocky Mountains. For tourists and locals alike a day trip to the Fraser Valley can provide a variety of educational, recreational and enjoyable things to do and see.
As one leaves Vancouver on Hwy. 1 also known as the Trans Canada Highway, it is worth reflecting that this is the longest paved national highway in the world. It runs between Victoria B.C. and St. John’s Newfoundland, a distance of more than 7,700 km or 4,700 miles. As the highway leaves Vancouver and the neighbouring municipalities of Burnaby and Coquitlam it crosses the Port Mann Bridge which spans the Fraser River. From a vehicle it is usually possible to see huge log booms and working tugs, both reminiscent of the area’s early history.
The Fraser Valley is one of B.C’s. most important agricultural areas. Farms here are known for the variety of fruit and vegetables that they produce. Travelling in the summer one can easily see blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and corn fields from the highway. Off the beaten track are apple orchards and vineyards.