Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster's River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster’s River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

In Vancouver, the ocean gets all the glory. While tourists and locals alike stroll Kits Beach and cycle Stanley Park’s sea wall, nobody mentions the Fraser—yet it’s an integral part of West Coast life. Many people live along the river’s banks and enjoy it daily, walking their dogs and jogging along its shores.

The Fraser is a working river, and you’d be amazed to see what kinds of things travel along it. Flowing 1,375 kilometres from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, it merges with the Pacific Ocean and acts as a highway for people and industry. It’s always a treat to watch the tiny tugboats chug by, pulling everything from heavy log booms to shipping containers. (How do they do it?)

The view is always changing, and it’s always inspiring. Here are five places to see the Fraser shine.

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Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

Bike the West Dyke Trail to Steveston Village

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With all the great weather we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver lately, it’s lucky there is an abundance of outdoor activities to do in the Lower Mainland. One of my favourite things to do every summer is visit Steveston Village in Richmond. Steveston is a historic fishing community in Richmond and is popular for its restaurants, shopping, and quaint, historic character. Vancouverites flock to Steveston to buy fresh seafood, sample fish and chips, browse the eclectic shops, and experience the small-town feel.

But did you know you can reach Steveston by bike? The West Dyke Trail goes along the Richmond Dyke and is a beautiful, serene trail that leads to the South Dyke into Steveston. The scenery is spectacular, featuring panoramic views of the ocean, and it is not uncommon to see wildlife such as geese, herons, and turtles along the trail. The trail is quite flat, making it ideal for cyclists of all levels. Continue reading:
Bike the West Dyke Trail to Steveston Village