FRASER RIVER FACTS

FACTS ABOUT THE LIVING, WORKING FRASER RIVER:

1. Socio-cultural

  • drains almost 250,000 square kilometers
  • area inhabited by 2.7 million people (2/3 of all living in BC)
  • 70,000 aboriginals in 91 communities

  • 2. Environmental

  • supports the world's most productive salmon river system
  • Canada's largest sturgeon population
  • resting, feeding and migratory area for hundreds of bird species
  • 21 million hectares of forest (more than three times the size of New Brunswick)

  • 3. Economic (2014 numbers)

  • $4 billion in Gross Domestic Product (comparable to St. Lawrence Seaway)
  • approximately 41,500 jobs
  • $2.5 billion in wages
  • almost every car that comes to Canada from Asia comes through the Fraser River