Lower Fraser Access – Field Trip Report pdf document (2011)
Fraser River Peacemakers

Managed access to the Fraser River in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia is very limited and between Hope and Fort Langley, the number of formal boat launches and river access points decreases substantially – there are just two sanctioned, motorized access points. The result has been the creation of informal and often unsafe access points being created on private land and often on First Nation’s territory; this has resulted in confrontation between Sport fishers and First Nations.

The Fraser River Salmon Table Society is the facilitator of the First Nations – Sport Fishers Advisory Group that has as its mandate the improvement of relations between First Nations groups and Sport Fishers. This group has defined as a high priority project the creation of new river access points under the brand “Fraser River Gateways” to address this issue.

Fraser River Gateways will be user friendly, environmentally sustainable river access points that can be enjoyed by First Nations, recreational and commercial fishers as well as boaters and eco-tourists. The gateways will be owned and operated primarily by local First Nations. They will generate economic returns in terms of employment and revenues, by providing value added services and amenities to users. Potential Gateway locations were selected based on a number of criteria, specially: Locations for potential gateways were determined by a data collection process that involved a number of site visits to locations in the study area. These locations were determined by interviewing local Fraser River authorities.

Based on this analysis two priority Gateways were identified:
  • Chawathil First Nation – Telte-Yet Campsite
  • Seabird Island Indian Band