Fraser River Raft Expedition (2013)

The Fraser River “Cedar and Bamboo” Raft Expedition–organized by UBC student Liz Cheong for the New Pathways to Gold Society and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia–was a great success. We had participants from ages 8 to 82, with three of the dozen rafters above the age of 70, and three teenagers, all eager to have a unique experience that combined the fun and excitement of rafting on the Fraser River with the educational experience of visiting rarely seen historical sites from the Gold Rush and the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Photo of the railway bridges built across the Fraser. We saw evidence everywhere on the canyon walls about the difficulties that Chinese railway workers faced in building the CPR up the Fraser in the 1880s.

Photo of the railway bridges built across the Fraser. We saw evidence everywhere on the canyon walls about the difficulties that Chinese railway workers faced in building the CPR up the Fraser in the 1880s.

Get a glimpse into the experiences of the expedition team here online or attend the screening of the film Gold Mountain River – Exploring History on the Fraser (2014):

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[Click here for information about the film screening event]

Read stories shared by the expedition team members:

Larry Wong

Sarah Wai Yee Ling

Henry Yu

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