Vedder & Fraser River
The two main rivers in the area are the Fraser River and the Vedder River. The Vedder River runs for 80 kilometers in total. It is known as the Chilliwack River before it passes under the bridge at Vedder crossing, and it later becomes the Vedder Canal. The Vedder Canal was created in the 1920’s for the purpose of draining Sumas Lake to create Sumas Prairie.
The Fraser River is the largest river in British Columbia. It begins in Yellowhead Lake on the British Columbia-Alberta border, and runs a total of 1,370 kilometers, finishing at the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the Mainland. The river was named for Simon Fraser, who was the first European to travel most of the River in 1808.