C16 FRASER RIVER

Suncruiser West Coast - - The Iconically Canadian Sunshine Coast -

North Arm - Known as The Ditch. It leads north of Sea Is­land and joins the main chan­nel at New West­min­ster. Sturgeon Bank (on the south side) was named by Capt. Ge­orge Van­cou­ver in 1792. Iona Is­land pro­vides beach-comb­ing, toi­lets and a pic­nic ta­ble. Log booms can be found moored to the banks al­most any­where in the North Arm.

Sea Is­land - Mostly owned by MOT. It sep­a­rates North Arm from Mid­dle Arm and is the site of the Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The air­port con­trol tower and large, white, “golf­ball-shaped” dome are eas­ily no­ticed. Just east of North Arm are the Arthur Laing and Oak Street Bridges.

Mid­dle Arm - Sep­a­rates Sea and Lulu Is­lands. It is best en­tered from North Arm. Sturgeon Bank ob­structs its west en­trance and has no marked chan­nel across it. It has depths up to 3.6m as far as Dins­more bridge.

Mitchell Is­land - Com­prised of three is­lands: Eburne, Twigg and Mitchell Is­lands. Knight Street Bridge passes over Mitchell Is­land.

Lulu Is­land - Was named by Colonel Moody in 1862 after Lulu Street, a young ac­tress. The first dikes were built in 1865 at the south end of the Lon­don Farm his­toric site.

Poplar Is­land - Lies in the mid­dle of the chan­nel; the fair­way is on its south side.

South Arm - It is the Main Chan­nel for the Fraser River. It is used by tugs, barges, log booms, fish­ing boats, and for deep-sea ship­ping. It is nav­i­ga­ble for deep-sea ves­sels as far as Dou­glas Is­land, 38 km (24 mi) from the en­trance. Lots of gill­net­ters will be en­coun­tered dur­ing the salmon fish­ery from July to Septem­ber. Steve­ston Jetty, built be­tween 1911 and 1930, is the old­est known stone re­tain­ing wall.

Steve­ston - A his­toric vil­lage founded in 1880 by Ma­niah Steves. It is known lo­cally as Can­nery Basin. It is the cen­tre of the salmon can­ning in­dus­try and is used ex­ten­sively by com­mer­cial fish­er­men. Fuel, fresh wa­ter, ship­ping fa­cil­i­ties, haul out and re­pairs are avail­able. Steve­ston Is­land is well known for its wide va­ri­ety of plants and sandy beaches. Scott Pond is a pri­vate well and pro­tects fish har­bor just NW of Steve­ston Is­land.

Westham Is­land - First set­tled in 1870. At the north end is Reifel Is­land; a bird sanc­tu­ary lo­cally known as Smokey Tom Is­land. It houses the Alak­sen Nainal Wildlife Area which in­cludes the Ge­orge C. Reifel Wa­ter Fowl Refuge with over 200 species of wa­ter­fowl on 340 ha (845 ac). It is a very pop­u­lar bird watch­ing area with wash­rooms and pic­nic ta­bles. Tood­ward Train­ing Wall forms the north side of the Is­land.

Ca­noe Pas­sage - Sep­a­rates West­man Is­land from the main­land. Lo­cal knowl­edge is ad­vised when nav­i­gat­ing the chan­nel across Roberts Bank. The swing bridge built in 1909, will open on de­mand. Stay on the main­land side of the pas­sage. Sea Reach has depths of at least 4 m (12 ft) and is the pre­ferred chan­nel when en­ter­ing from Steve­ston.

Lad­ner Reach - Ex­tends from the north en­trance of Ca­noe Pas­sage to the junc­tion of Deas Slough and Wood­ward Reach. The town of Lad­ner was named after the Lad­ner broth­ers who set­tled in the area in 1868.

Ge­orge Massey Tun­nel - A main high­way tun­nel, built in 1959, passes un­der the river be­tween Deas and Lulu Is­lands. An­chor­age in the area is pro­hib­ited.

Deas Is­land - Named after John Sul­li­van Deas who es­tab­lish a can­nery there in 1873. The en­tire is­land is the home of the Deas Is­land Re­gional Park. It has hik­ing trails, pic­nic ta­bles, wash­rooms and a row­ing course. Land­ing is pos­si­ble on the beach at the head of Deas Slough. Deas Slough has two mari­nas and the high­way bridge cross­ing it has a 9.9m clear­ance.

Gravesend Reach - Stretches from Deas to An­nacis Is­lands. The deep­est chan­nel lies along the NW bank and is usu­ally busy with large ships.

An­nacis Chan­nel - Pre­ferred chan­nel to en­ter is from the west, be­tween Don Is­land and Pur­fleet Point. The chan­nel is fre­quently clut­tered with logs east of the swing bridge. Sub-marine pipe­lines and ca­bles cross the chan­nel in sev­eral lo­ca­tions.

City Reach - Known as St. Mungo’s Bend. It ex­tends from the south side of An­nacis Is­land to Gun­der­son Slough; the Alex Fraser Bridge crosses it.

An­nieville Chan­nel - Ex­tends from Gun­der­son Slough to Pat­tulo Bridge. Both sides of the chan­nel have re­tain­ing walls.

Queens Reach - Ex­tends from New West­min­ster to Port Mann bridge. The shore is lined with piles and dol­phins. City Bank is a log stor­age ground.

Dou­glas Is­land - The south side chan­nel is pre­ferred as it is wider and deeper.

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