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Flood History

For the people living along its lower reaches, the river known by First Nations in the region as stó:lō or stal̕əw̓  has always been a lifeline and source of abundance for communities. The river (which settler communities later named Fraser after Simon Fraser) has also always been a formidable force,  and one that demands respect.

The Lower Mainland has experienced two major Fraser River floods in just the past 130 years. The largest flood on written record was in 1894, and the second largest was in 1948. Earlier large-scale floods are also part of the oral history of Coast Salish First Nations.

Fraser River Flood History Story Map

What was it like to face the fury of the river as flood waters covered the land? Take a step back in time through this pictorial story map.

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