The 'Mighty' Fraser is one of the world's major rivers. Through an intricate network of tributaries the Fraser River drains approximately 90,000 square miles or one quarter of the entire province of British Columbia. The source of the river is the snow and glacier-melt of the Rocky Mountains near Jasper, Alberta. The river descends rapidly before it spreads to a flat alluvial valley to the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the largest salmon runs of any river in North America, its silt-laden waters have formed the largest estuary on the Pacific coast of Canada. Thousands of First Nations peoples inahabit and depend upon the Fraser River.
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