Exploration of the Fraser River National Historic Event

Vancouver, British Columbia
Exploration of the Fraser River (© Expired)
Exploration of the Fraser River
(© Expired)
Address : 4300 Southwest Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1927-05-19

Other Name(s):
  • Exploration of the Fraser River  (Designation Name)

Importance: Explorations by Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser and John Stuart

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque:  4300 Southwest Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

Although Spanish seamen had noted the Fraser estuary in 1791, when Alexander Mackenzie reached the upper Fraser in 1793 on his way to the Pacific, he thought he was on the Columbia. Simon Fraser and John Stuart of the North West Company explored the river under the same misapprehension in 1808, realizing only when they reached the sea that two great river system drained the north Pacific slope. Although the Fraser was not throughout its course a practical canoe route, the Hudson's Bay Company integrated it into a new supply system when forced in 1848 to abandon the Columbia.