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Experience the Fraser 

Experience the Fraser (ETF) is a unique vision to connect communities, parks, natural features, historic and cultural sites and experiences along the Lower Fraser River. The Canyon to Coast Trail and Recreational Blueway are the backbone of the project, connecting Hope to the Salish Sea by means of over 550 kilometres of trail (43% of which is already in place) and via the river itself.

By bringing together existing points of interest and features along the river, ETF will add strength and dynamism to local tourism and economic development initiatives, acting as a catalyst. The hope is for all to be inspired to become more active stewards on behalf of the river, and for the Lower Fraser River to become one of the world’s great river destinations.

This short video will give you an overview of the project and hopefully inspire you to 'come and be a part of Experience the Fraser'.

To be used on other parts of the MV website.

 ETF - Connecting Hope to the Salish Sea

The project extends 160 km from Hope to the ocean and varies in width to capture as many communities and points of interest as possible and to allow for trail routing.

ETF - Project Area

What's New 

ETF partnered with the Mission Harbour Authority to create two interpretive signs at the Fraser River Interpretation Centre in Mission B.C.. Within the centre there is a wallscape featuring the project’s concept plan and on the deck overlooking the Fraser River is a sign highlighting some of the nearby local feature.
 ETF Outdoor Sign at Mission Harbour Authority
 ETF Wallscape at Mission Harbour Authority

Both the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley Regional District Boards adopted the ETF Concept Plan, and endorsed the ETF Implementation Plan this fall. This milestone marks an important point in the project as we turn the focus more directly to implementation.
 Fraser Valley Regional District Board Report
 Metro Vancouver’s Board Report


Check out this brochure – it’s a quick way to learn about the project or provide information to others
 Experience the Fraser Brochure

Lower Fraser River residents are one step closer to being able to walk or ride from Hope to the Salish Sea, thanks to $1 million in provincial funding for Experience the Fraser.

Video about the project and funding announcement

 Demonstration Projects

In 2009 the Province of BC provided the Fraser Valley Regional District and Metro Vancouver with $2.5 million dollars to develop a comprehensive Concept Plan by Fall 2011, and to implement two demonstration projects
 Mission Demonstration Project Profile
 Derby Reach Demonstration Project Profile

 Next Steps

The Vision for Experience the Fraser will take many years to bring to fruition, and will involve many partners including the Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Regional District, the Province, First Nations, municipalities, other agencies, the private sector, and motivated community groups and citizens. The Implementation Plan lays out a number of actions planned for 2013.



The ETF Concept Plan lays out a vision for Experience the Fraser, centered around the ‘Canyon to Coast Trail and Blueway’. The vision is to create a number of experiential journeys along the Lower Fraser River where stories will be revealed about the river’s ecology, people, history, communities and industry. Existing recreational and cultural attractions and points of interest will be linked together along the river, and a series of community nodes and portals will serve as destinations and points of entry to the trail.

The Concept Plan also offers a Foundational Program consisting of 60 actions, that once completed, will define an Experience the Fraser identity and brand. The ETF team worked with Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Regional District, the Province, First Nations, federal agencies, municipalities, non-government organizations, interest groups and other motivated citizens to develop the ETF Concept Plan.

 ETF Concept Plan  
 ETF Map

The ETF Implementation Plan identifies planned actions that will be undertaken by Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Regional District, the Province and the 16 municipalities along the Fraser River over the next few years. It also includes a few illustrative actions identified by other agencies and organizations. The structure of the Implementation Plan follows the structure of the Concept Plan, listing actions by Goal and Foundational Program project. The identified actions are, of course, subject to budget processes and other approvals.

The Implementation Plan is intended to both be a record of planned government actions as well as a call to action for others to participate and add their projects and plans to Experience the Fraser. The Implementation Plan will be a living document that will become even more robust as others add their parts of the vision.  
 Implementation Plan

 Partnership Links

For more information, please contact:

Regional Parks, Head Office
604-432-6350 or
e-mail experiencethefraser