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.
FVRD and MV each developed a "demonstration project" to illustrate the potential opportunities for developments along the river. Partnering with the City 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' x 25' 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.
Metro Vancouver partnered with the Township of Langley and developed a trail that connected the Golden Ears Bridge to Fort Langely. The FVRD also conducted a trail study to review existing and future trail components of the ETF route.
With the framework in place, thanks to an additional $1 million from the Province, construction of the trail segments and supporting blueway infrastructure has begun. In 2017, an 18 km section of Canyon to Coast Trail was opened. The trail, which is suitable for walking and cycling, runs along the Chilliwack dyke from Island 22 Regional Park to just outside Ferry Island Provincial Park.