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Experience the Fraser

Experience the Fraser (ETF) is a recreational, cultural and heritage project that extends along the Lower Fraser River Corridor connecting Hope to the Salish Sea.  Over 550 km of trails (43% of which are already in place) and blueways will connect communities along the Fraser River.  ETF will act as a catalyst to encourage and strengthen tourism and economic development initiatives.

With the aid of $2.5 million in funding from the Province of BC, Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) and Metro Vancouver (MV) jointly developed a Concept Plan and Implementation Plan for the project that identifies trails and blueway routes, implementation strategies and actions to achieve the ultimate goal of creating a world class destination. 

    Project Area (click here for a printable map)

    FVRD and MV each developed a "demonstration project" to illustrate the potential opportunities for developments along the river.  Partnering with the District of Mission, the FVRD developed a trail segment and gathering place.  Through funding from the West Coast Community Adjustment program, ETF and the Mission Harbour Authority partnered to create two interpretive signs for the Fraser River Interpretation Centre in Mission. Inside the Centre a 14.5 foot by 25 foot wallscape features the ETF Concept Plan, while a sign highlighting some of the surrounding local features is located on the deck overlooking the Fraser River.

     Wallscape inside the Mission Harbour Interpretation Centre  Outdoor sign at the Mission Harbour Interpretation Centre

    Metro Vancouver partnered with the Township of Langley and developed a trail that connected the Golden Ears Bridge to Fort Langley.  The FVRD also conducted a trail study to review existing and future trail components of the ETF route.

    Now that the framework is in place, thanks to an additional $1 million from the Province, work can start on constructing trail segments and infrastructure. Building on relationships with existing partners and creating new ones will be a key component of this large and complex project, which will take many years to bring to fruition.