THE FRASER RIVER DISCOVERY CENTRE
A living, working Fraser – with thriving peoples, ecosystems, and livelihoods – from headwaters to the Salish Sea.
To bring together the many voices of the Fraser to discover, celebrate, and inspire passionate stewards of the River.
The Discovery Centre is…
A way to explore the Fraser River
A resource centre
A meeting place
Fraser River Discovery Centre Timeline
1986 Development of the idea of the Fraser River Discovery Centre
1989 Fraser River Discovery Centre Society incorporated
2001 5,000 square foot Preview Centre opens along Westminster Quay
2001 Establishment of Fraser River Discovery Centre Foundation
2004 $3 million secured for construction through Founding Patrons and BC/Canada
2007 Construction begins to expand Preview Centre
2009 17,000 square foot Discovery Centre re-opened with exhibits on the first floor
2013 Second floor opened with three new exhibits
2017 Launch of “Journey Through the Working River” exhibit
2020 FRDC and Musqueam Indian Band (MIB) announced their intention to develop xʷtatəl̕ləm – A Place of Learning About the Indigenous Heritage and Teachings of the Fraser River
2021 $250,000 grant secured by Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan and Southern Railway of British Columbia, to support both xʷtatəl̕ləm (A Place of Learning) and River School programs.