I would not know where to stop if I started trying to list the things I’ve learned in the last three days about the incredible Fraser River.
What an amazing waterway…and to think I hardly realized how much it means to BC just a week ago.
Now I know if you stretched out all the bends and squiggles it would be as.long as the province. Which makes it all the more amazing to know I’m travelling down the length of it from headwaters to sea.
Today 13 of us paddled a canoe for hours, but each stroke took us further from home on Vancouver. The river starts out going north, before making a big bend and heading south.
It was a grand thing to sit in the craft an inch above the glacier-cold green and paddle with gusto. It’s surprising how fast the canoe can go when everyone dips in and pulls hard.
Luckily I got in with a healthy bunch. We have a lot of water ahead of us so it’s good to know we’ve already formed into a formidable and sometimes hilarious team. We will need that power and the comradeship to keep us afloat for three more weeks.
Oh, one more thing I remember learning as we stood in the shadow of Mt Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies: Rock flour from the mountain falls into the Fraser and gets carried 1,400 kilometers down to the sea, where it spreads out into rich farmland in places like Delta and Richmond. I buy some of my veggies from Delta and Richmond farms , and because some of the trace minerals get taken up from the soil, it means I’m eating part of Mt. Robson…all thanks to the great Fraser!
Written by David Tracey
2016 Sustainable Living Leadership Program participant