We are open Wed – Sat, 10AM-4PM. Drop by and discover the Fraser!

Join us as we share fun crafts, activities, and fascinating Fraser facts!
Scroll down the page to find all our activities, ordered from most recent to oldest. We’re so excited to connect with you!

Sign up for our newsletter for the latest updates. Help us fund programs for learners of all ages by making a donation.

Saturday, April 10th: Sit Spots: Meter Plot Surveys!


Today we’re excited to introduce our next entry in our Sit Spot series: Meter Plot Surveys!

In biology, a survey is the process of counting all of the species in an area, like recording all the animals that live in a forest, or looking at a pond and counting all the birds that are swimming in it.

As you can imagine, it’s very difficult (and time-consuming!) to count all the plants and animals that live in an ecosystem, so scientists use Meter Plots to help them make good estimates about what lives in a particular area! From your sit spot, follow Danika as she guides you through creating a Meter Plot and using it to learn about the wildlife that live in your local area!


View the video summary here:

View the video transcript here:

To help support the Fraser River Discovery Centre so we can continue producing educational content, please consider making a donation HERE.

Friday, March 19th: Sit Spots: Nature Poetry!


Today we’re excited to introduce our next entry in our Sit Spot series: Nature Poetry!

In our last few Sit Spot videos, we have focused on using our senses to make observations, using our ears to make sound maps and our eyes to make sketches. We observe things to gain more information, and feelings are are another important kind of information! Poetry is a wonderful way to help us explore our emotions, or the emotions of others.

Follow along as we show you how to use and create Nature Poetry in your Sit Spot!


Access the nature poetry materials from the video here:

View the video summary here:

View the video transcript here:

To help support the Fraser River Discovery Centre so we can continue producing educational content, please consider making a donation HERE.

Friday, March 19th: Sit Spots: Observational Sketching!


Today we’re excited to introduce our next entry in our Sit Spot series: Observational Sketching!

Observational Sketching is a technique that uses sketching or drawing to notice things about our natural surroundings. Don’t worry if you feel bad at drawing – there are many different styles of drawing, and not all of them need to look realistic. This activity isn’t about creating beautiful art – it’s all about noticing new things in our environment that we might otherwise miss!

Follow along as we show you how to use Observational Sketching in your Sit Spot!


View the video summary here:

View the video transcript here:

To help support the Fraser River Discovery Centre so we can continue producing educational content, please consider making a donation HERE.

Saturday, February 13th: Sit Spots: Sound Mapping!


This weekend we’re excited to introduce our next entry in our Sit Spot series: Sound Mapping!

Sound Mapping in an observation technique that helps us open our ears to all the sounds around us. We can use this technique to get a better understanding of the natural world, and the huge diversity of wildlife that may be just out of sight!


View the video summary here:

View the video transcript here:

To help support the Fraser River Discovery Centre so we can continue producing educational content, please consider making a donation HERE.

Saturday, January 23rd: Introduction to Sit Spots!


Let’s get 2021 started the right way with our newest FRDC@HOME program series: Sit Spots!

In our busy lives, it’s easy to take for granted the beautiful and vibrant natural world that surrounds us. If you pause and take a look around, you might be surprised by what you might notice!

Join us today as our Education Programs Manager Danika introduces us to sit spots in the Fraser Watershed, shows us how to pick the best spot to observe our surroundings, and offers us some examples!


View the video summary here:

View the video transcript here:

To help support the Fraser River Discovery Centre so we can continue producing educational content, please consider making a donation HERE.

Saturday, December 12th: Festive Crafts and Activities!

Happy December! The holiday season is here, and although things feel a little different, the festive cheer is definitely in the air!

Despite the cold and shorter days, the Watershed is buzzing with wildlife activity taking place right under our noses! Rodents and small mammals scurry through the undergrowth looking for food and warmth. Birds flit from tree to tree, while in the river, the Fraser’s fishy residents go about their days as usual!

In today’s FRDC@HOME, we invite you to celebrate the season with festive activities that all take a closer look at the wintertime activities that happen along the Fraser riverbank!


Craft Instructions:

Craft Printout:

Saturday, November 21: World Fisheries Day!

Held every year on November 21st, World Fisheries Day is an opportunity for all of us to consider how much our communities rely on our oceans and waterways, the aquatic life that call them home, and the work of fishing communities to provide food and job security to millions of people.

Our lives in the Lower Mainland have been shaped by our proximity to the Fraser River, which is home to one of the most productive salmon fisheries in North America! Learn more about World Fisheries Day in our illustrated graphic below!

Click on the page below that you’d like to see and a larger version will open up for you.

Page 1: World Fisheries Day!

What is World Fisheries Day? Why is it important to celebrate the world’s fisheries and understand the challenges facing them? Let’s find out!

Page 2: The Fraser River Fisheries

Learn more about the Fraser River’s fisheries, and why they are important to the long-term health of the river and the people that live in the Fraser Watershed!

Page 3: Challenges Facing Fisheries

What sort of challenges are impacting fisheries as governments try to create a more sustainable future for this industry?

Page 4: How Can We Help?

The challenges facing the world’s fisheries are serious, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help face them!

Saturday, October 31st: Halloween Crafts!

Happy Halloween from the FRDC! We hope that you have a safe and spooky day!

To mark the occasion, in today’s FRDC@HOME we’ve created two ghoulishly simple and fun craft activities for you! Want to try create your very own hanging bats or a swarm of pompom spiders? Well now you can! Read on for full instructions, and have fun!

Hanging Bat Crafts – Easy to create and full of character!

Night falls, the shadows lengthen over the Fraser, and nocturnal critters come out to play! Did you know that there are 16 species of bats that live in British Columbia? Many of them can be found right here in the Fraser River Basin!

Let’s celebrate our winged bat buddies this Halloween with a simple and engaging craft activity where you can make your very own bats!

Find the instructions here!

Pom-Pom Spiders – Craft these cute creepy crawlies!

They’re creepy, they’re crawly, and they’re… cute?

That’s right, this activity is all about spiders! With over 700 known species in British Columbia, it’s safe to say that there are spiders everywhere!

Don’t let their size fool you – spiders play a very important role in the Fraser Basin’s ecosystem as they hunt and trap all sorts of insects, and help to keep their populations under control! Some of us may find spiders creepy, but we’d be a lot worse off without them!

Let’s celebrate our 8-legged friends in today’s DIY spider pompom craft!

Find the instructions here!

Tuesday, October 27th: Halloween Sturgeon Colouring Sheet!

Halloween is just around the corner, and we’d like to kickstart the spooky goodness on FRDC@HOME with a festive colouring activity!

Our resident Sturgeon George has found himself a new habitat for the season, complete with underwater Jack-O-Lanterns! Can you give his new home a splash of colour?

Share your completed colouring sheets with us on social media by tagging us @thefrdc. We’d love to feature your creations!


Simply click on the colouring sheet below and a larger printable version will open for you.

Saturday, October 24th: Fall-tastic Craft Activities!

Fall in the Fraser Watershed is one of the most busiest and most beautiful times of year in British Columbia! Everywhere you go the leaves are changing colour, the days are getting shorter, and the chill in the air promises winter. It’s a perfect time of year to get comfy, grab your favorite hot drink, and get crafty! In today’s FRDC@HOME we have two craft activities to share, both revolving around fallen leaves and their gorgeous hues of red, orange, brown, and gold. Read on for full instructions, and have fun!

Wild Crown Craft – Show off your style with these regal seasonal accessories!

A season as beautiful as fall needs an appropriately pretty craft to go along with it, and what could be better than crafting regal crowns using only fallen leaves? That’s right, this craft only needs leaves, meaning zero waste! The only limit to your crown is your imagination! Let it soar and create something breathtaking!

Find the instructions here!

Leaf Mobiles – Catch the Colours of Fall with these Beautiful Hanging Ornaments!

Fall is in full swing, and across the Fraser Basin deciduous trees are beginning to lose their leaves. Let’s celebrate this change with some DIT hanging mobiles using fallen leaves! A simple and straight-forward craft fun for the whole family!

Find the instructions here!

Thursday, October 22nd: Become a Wildlife Detective!

When you step outside you can feel it: the weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are turning red, yellow, and gold. Fall is here! It may be getting colder and wetter outside, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give the season a warm welcome.

Most animals in the Fraser Basin are shy and secretive – for many, their survival depends on not being seen! However, with a little training we can spot clues they leave behind, and figure out which animals might have made them. Check out some techniques here!

Wildlife Detective Checklist

Wild Food Leftovers

Keep an eye out for nibbled nuts, fruits and seeds, chewed leaves, broken snail shells or stripped pinecones. Where were these leftovers found? Are there possible shelter or hiding places nearby? What can we learn about an unknown animal based on the food it likes to eat?

Calls of the Wild

Stay up after dark and listen for distant owl calls. Owls make all kinds of noises, from hooting to soft cooing, and even screeching! What other animals calls can you hear? How large or small do you think they might be, based on the pitch or volume of the call? Are they nearby or far away?

Animal Trails

Many animals use regular pathways to travel between shelters and feeding spots, even in built-up neighbourhoods near the river. Look for gaps in fences, flattened grass, or wooded areas where branches may have been snapped or rough trenches carved through the undergrowth.

Animal Homes

Home sweet home! All animals need shelter, but they can sometimes be hard to spot. Look for holes in tree trunks, spaces between buildings and in the undergrowth. Think about how the size, shape, and species of an animal might affect where it looks for shelter.

Animal Droppings

That’s right, poop! Or to use the more technical term, animal droppings. Different kinds of animals produce all sorts of droppings – can you determine which animals produced which? Think about where you find the droppings or how big/small they are.

Wednesday, 14th October: Invasive Species Fact File!

Let’s say you own a pet goldfish. You love your goldfish, and one day you decide to set it free in your local pond. The following year, you pass by the pond and see goldfish everywhere! How did this happen?

Unfortunately, your goldfish has become an invasive species – a living thing introduced to a place it does not normally belong!

In today’s FRDC@HOME, let’s check out some of these invasive species that threaten the biodiversity of the Fraser Watershed! Move your mouse over the invasive species to learn more about them.

Mountain Pine Beetle

Native to the Rocky Mountains. Their larvae eat the wood of pine trees. In the 1990s & early 2000s, their population exploded due to warm winters and long summers. Over 18 million hectares (over 33 million football fields!) of forest was impacted.

Japanese Knotweed

This plant is native to Japan and was introduced to BC as a houseplant. Now, they are considered as one of the worst invasive species in the world by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They can grow in all kinds of soil and spread quickly, taking up space and blocking sunlight for other plants.

North American Bullfrog

Introduced to BC in the early 20th Century by frog farmers. A few escaped into the Fraser Wetlands, and threaten biodiversity there. Bullfrogs are larger than native Red-legged and Pacific Chorus frogs, and they will eat anything they can fit in their mouths including insects, other frogs, and even birds!

English Holly

Easy to spot from its bright red berries and spiky, glossy leaves, English holly has become a serious invasive species because of its ability to quickly grow even in low sunlight. Its berries are an irresistible treat for birds, who spread its seeds far and wide!@

Northern Pike

Although native to BC, Northern pike are considered an invasive species to the Fraser Watershed, as they were introduced here as a commercial and sports fish. They are extremely aggressive and will eat anything they can catch, including fish, rodents, and waterfowl.

Thursday, 1st October: Fascinating Facts about Western Hemlock Loopers!

Why were there so many Western Hemlock Looper moths in the Lower Mainland in September? Where did they come from? Why could they pose a serious risk to the long-term health of the Fraser Basin? Find out today in our fact file!

Tuesday, 29th September: Invasion of the Western Hemlock Looper Moths!

In September, the Lower Mainland saw a huge infestation of Western Hemlock Loopers, a species of moth native to interior and coastal BC.  These moths gather in large numbers in late summer and early fall, as adults come together to mate and lay their eggs before dying. There were so many of them this year because of the mild winter and long, warm summer, and this could pose a big problem for the trees of the Fraser Basin!

Stay tuned this week as we explore more facts about Western Hemlocks Loopers, and take some time to think of all the ways the ecosystems in the Fraser Basin can be impacted by changes in weather patterns and animal population due to Climate Change.

Thursday, 10th September: OSCAR Trailers!

What is an OSCAR Trailer? How do they help companies on the Fraser River respond to oil spills quickly and efficiently?

Find out today in our OSCAR Trailer Illustrated Graphic!

Click on the page below that you’d like to see and a larger version will open up for you.

Page 1: Oil Spills and OSCAR Trailers

What happens when an oil spill occurs on the Fraser? Let’s find out!

Page 2 : How does the WCMRC Respond to Oil Spills?

When an oil spill occurs, detailed containment and recovery plans need to be put in place as soon as possible, to minimize the ecological and financial trouble that comes from these accidents. But how does the WCMRC get this work done?

Page 3: How do Oscar Trailers Help?

What sort of tools and supplies are in OSCAR Trailers? How do they help emergency response teams clean up oil spills?

Tuesday, 8th September: River Spills and Emergency Response!

Working on the Fraser River comes with risk, and despite efforts by companies to minimize their environmental impact while working on the river, accidents like oil spills and material deposits can happen from time to time.

Oil spills are a big problem for everyone! They can cause a lot of harm to the delicate ecosystems of the Fraser River, poisoning fish and clogging up the feathers of shorebirds so they can’t fly or stay dry. For companies, spills mean a loss of time and money as they work to clean up, while their reputation takes a hit from the wider public.

When oil spills happen, emergency response teams need to be ready to deploy immediately, and that’s where the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation comes in! In the event of a marine spill, their vessels will be on-site to manage the recovery as quickly as they can. Learn more about the WCMRC and the work they do here:

Thursday, 3rd September: Canadian Heritage Rivers Coloring Sheet!

From coast to coast to coast, the Canadian Heritage Rivers system offers Canadians the opportunity to experience these breathtaking waterscapes, learn about their rich history, and act as effective stewards of the river. Healthy river systems benefit us all, and we have a responsibility to protect, preserve, and celebrate our wonderful rivers!


Celebrate our river systems today with our Canadian Heritage Rivers Coloring Sheet!

Simply click on the image and a new one will open up for you.

Thursday, 27th August: Living Dinosaurs Word Search!

Let’s continue our exploration of the elusive White sturgeon in our Living Dinosaurs word search! Test your skills and see how many words you can spot!

After you’ve found some, why not do a little research to learn more about these remarkable fish? Who knows what you could learn!

To download the word search, click on it and a larger printable version will open for you.

Tuesday, August 25th: Sturgeon Anatomy

White sturgeon are among the oldest species of freshwater fish in North America, dating back an incredible 200 million years! Over time they have developed a number of adaptations to help them thrive in the turbid waters of the Fraser River. Discover some of these adaptations today with a closer look at white sturgeon anatomy!

Thursday, August 20th: Fraser Wetlands Illustrated Graphic!

What exactly is a Wetland? How do they help the wildlife of the Fraser River? Why is it so important that we help protect and preserve these delicate habitats?

Find out today in our Fraser Wetlands Illustrated Graphic!

Click on the page below that you’d like to see and a larger version will open up for you.

Page 1: What are Wetlands?

How do we define Wetlands? What sort of habitats could we expect to discover while exploring them? Let’s find out!

Page 2: Why are the Wetlands Important?

Discover why these regions are so important to the long-term health of the Fraser River and the wildlife that calls it home.

Page 3: What Challenges do these Habitats Face?

Balancing the economic and environmental needs of the Fraser River is complicated, and these fragile habitats need to be protected!

Wednesday, August 12th: Fraser River Cow Story!

The Mighty Fraser has many interesting and engaging stories to tell, and one we’d like to share today involves an unlikely hero: a cow! In 1996 a cow from Rosebank Ranch, located between Lillooet and Lytton, was chased into the river by dogs and was caught in the strong currents!

Unable to get out, she floated 100km downriver over the course of a week, including going through Hell’s Gate! Named by Simon Fraser himself, Hell’s Gate is where the Fraser Canyon ends, and the Lower Fraser begins. This spot is only 35 metres wide, and the water can be 150 metres deep as it thunders through at 15 million litres per second! Incredibly, our cow not only survived, but made it out without a scratch!

The cow was eventually found near the Alexandra Bridge after multiple rescue attempts, and returned to the RoseBank Ranch!

Thursday, August 6th: Carbon Dioxide Balloon Experiment!

The vibrant and thriving ecosystems of the Fraser River Basin would be unable to survive if not for an important, invisible gas: carbon dioxide! This gas is in the air we exhale and plants need it for photosynthesis – transforming sunlight into the energy they need to stay healthy.

But how can we showcase something we can’t even see? By creating some, of course! Try out this fun take-home experiment and learn how to create carbon dioxide fore yourself!

Find the instructions here!

Thursday, July 30th: Plant Life Word-Search!

Cedars, salmonberries, dogwoods, oh my! The Fraser Basin is home to a huge variety of trees, ferns, and flowers, and all have uniquely descriptive names! See if you can spot some of them in our BC Plant Life word-search!

After you’ve found some, why not do a little research to learn more about them? Who knows what you could learn!

Simply click on the word search and a larger printable version will open for you.

Tuesday, July 28th: Plant-life in the Fraser Basin!

The Fraser River basin is home to an incredible variety of plant and animal life that continues to draw in naturalists, conservationists, and nature lovers from across Canada and beyond!

In today’s FRDC@HOME, let’s check out some of the plant life that thrives alongside the river.

Move your mouse over the plant to learn a little more about it.

Lodgepole pine

One of the most commonly found trees in BC, lodgepole pines can grow up to 30 metres tall and have thin, spreading branches. They are an important source of wood pulp and lumber for construction and furniture!

White spruce

Also known as Canadian spruce, this is a large evergreen tree well-suited for survival in the Canadian landscape. It can grow up to 40 metres tall and 1 metre thick, and can survive temperatures as low as −56.5 °C! Brr!

Quaking aspen

These trees get their name from the way their leaves seem to shake and shudder in the air, which is caused by the thin and flexible stalks their leaves are attached to!

Saskatoon berry

Saskatoon berries look a lot like blueberries, though they’re more closely related to apples! Berry bushes grow across the Fraser basin from sea level to mountain peaks, and bloom with white flowers every spring.

Sword fern

Sword fern is a large evergreen fern commonly found in coastal BC.  it can grow up to 1.5 metres tall and has long, blade-like branches that grow out of a central point. This is where the plant gets its name. Next time you’re out walking, see if you can spot one!

Wednesday, July 22nd: Dredging the Fraser Illustrated Graphic

Why does the Fraser pick up so much sediment? What happens when too much of it is deposited along the river? How can we ensure it is removed safely without harming the environment?

Check out our our Dredging the Fraser Illustrated Graphic to learn more!

Click on the page below that you’d like to see and a larger version will open up for you.

Page 1: The Fraser River & Sediment

How much sediment is carried downriver every year? Are there times when the amount of sediment in the river increases?

Page 2: Dredging the Fraser River

When the amount of sediment in the Lower Fraser becomes too high, who is responsible for clearing it?

Page 3: Responsible Dredging Practices

Dredging the river is a big job and can have unintended negative side-effects for the river and its inhabitants. What can be done to minimize the environmental impact of dredging?

Tuesday, July 21st: Dredging the Fraser River!

As the Fraser flows across the BC landscape, it picks up a mixture of silt, clay, and sand, called sediment. This collected material, which can become highly concentrated in the river in late spring and early summer, builds up in the Lower Fraser as it is carried out to sea, and often needs to be removed so that the trade and transport vessels in the river can operate safely.

This process, known as dredging, is an important and necessary job carried out by Fraser River Pile and Dredge. Learn about the process of dredging, why its important for the economic health of the Fraser, and how we can carry it out safely in this week’s FRDC@HOME!

Saturday, July 18th: Crafts@Home Presents Exploring Animal Ears!

Let’s end the week with some Crafts@Home! Our staff and volunteers have prepared a fun and informative video about how the things we can hear are affected by the shape of our ears! Learn about how different animals experience sound, and make paper animals ears of various shapes and sizes!


Find the written instructions here!

Tuesday, July 14: Beautiful Biodiversity in the Basin

From headwaters to the Salish Sea, the Fraser River is home to an amazingly diverse population of wildlife who live, thrive and survive in the Fraser Basin throughout the year. This range and variation of life is known as biodiversity.

For example, did you know that more than 300 species of migratory and resident birds rely on the food and shelter in the Lower Fraser alone?

The Fraser is best known for its fish, especially salmon! all five species of Pacific salmon use the river to spawn, and every year over 10 million salmon make the journey upriver to where they were born, continuing a life cycle that has continued for thousands of years!

What other animals live by the river? Have you seen any? Join us this week as we celebrate biodiversity along the Fraser!

Wednesday, July 8th: Fraser Valley Flood Illustrated Graphic

What would happen if the Fraser River experienced a serious flood? How has historical flooding affected how communities have developed alongside the river?

Check out our our Fraser Valley Flood Illustrated Graphic to learn more!

Click on the page below that you’d like to see and a larger version will open up for you.

Page 1: The Fraser Watershed & Flooding


How does snow-melt and seasonal rains impact the river’s water levels?

Page 2: The 1948 Fraser Valley Flood


Find out what happened in 1948 when the river burst its banks and flooded the Fraser Valley!

Page 3: Impacting Communities


How does flooding impact affected communities? How long do you think it takes to recover? Let’s find out!

Page 4: Recovery and Mitigation


How have events like the 1948 flood changed how our communities grow alongside the Fraser today?

Tuesday, July 7th: Flooding on the Fraser!

This week, FRDC@HOME is dipping into a natural phenomenon that can pose a challenge to communities living by the Fraser: flooding. The Fraser River Basin covers a huge chunk of BC – 25% of it, in fact! Every spring, snow-melt and rainfall causes the river to swell, and sometimes this can cause flooding throughout the Basin.

Join us this week as we examine how the historic 1948 Fraser Valley Flood impacted communities of the Lower Fraser, and continues to shape our relationship with the river today!

Tuesday, June 30th: Carrying the Cargo!

This week, FRDC@HOME is digging further into transportation! Boats play a huge role in facilitating trade along the Fraser River, and cargo & container ships are especially easy to spot as they carry all sorts of goods upriver.

Bring these mighty vessels to life today and design your very own boat with our Cargo Ship Colouring Sheet! Simply click on it and a larger version will open in a new window. Share your art online with #FraserRiver and we’ll feature some highlights!

Cargo Ship Colouring Sheet

Tuesday, June 23rd: Trade and Transportation!

Did you know that the Fraser River Basin makes up 25% of the province of BC, and is home to 80% of the province’s trade activity?

The basin is a bustling hub of trade, with tugboats and cargo ships ferrying items and materials up and downriver, while the iconic trains of the Canadian Pacific Railway take goods further inland!

Celebrate the important work these mighty machines do for our province in this week’s FRDC@HOME!

Wednesday, June 17th: Pollution to Solution Illustrated Graphic

What challenges do you think are impacting the Fraser River? How can we balance the environmental needs of the river with BC’s economy?


Check out our Pollution to Solution Illustrated Graphic to learn more!


Click on the page below that you’d like to see and a larger version will open up for you.

Page 1: A River Worth Protecting


The river is an important habitat for plants and animals in the Fraser Basin, as well as an integral part of BC’s economy!

Page 2: Erosion


What do you think will happen when plant life is removed from the riverbank to make room for construction projects?

Page 3: Water Pollution


How does water pollution impact the Fraser? What different types of pollution are there? Let’s find out!

Page 4: What Can We Do To Help?


Protecting the Fraser River is a big challenge, but possible if we all work together! Find out some of the ways we can be great stewards of the river.

Tuesday, June 16th: From Pollution to Solution!


The Fraser River basin is home to over 60% of the population of BC and is the most economically active region in the province!

In order to maintain its importance, the river must be protected! In this week’s FRDC@HOME, we’re taking a look at some of the issues affecting the health of the river, and the action we can take to ensure it stays healthy, productive, and sustainable! 

Friday, June 12th: Tools of the Trade!

Gold prospectors in the Fraser Canyon faced many challenges seeking their fortune! They had to compete with each other to find the best spots to look for gold, had to work outside in all conditions, and had to carry all their belongings with them!

Some of these items included the tools that gold seekers used to search for gold. We’ve listed a few of them here. Move your mouse over the item to see some interesting facts about them!

Miner's Pick

A well looked-after pick was essential for any miner! The pick was swung into the ground to break open the earth, and hopefully reveal gold. the tip was usually kept sharp, and could last for years with proper care.

Oil Lamp

Miners and prospectors had to work in all conditions, rain or shine, day and night. Through it all, a reliable source of light was extremely useful to help them spot the glint of gold! With oil as a fuel and a bit of string wick, these lamps would last much longer than a candle.

Gold Pan

Useful for river prospecting, the pan was used to scoop up sections of the riverbed. Swirling the water and dirt in the pan, miners could then search through the pan with their fingers, removing unwanted dirt and hopefully leaving gold behind!

Gold Ingot

Lovely, shiny gold! This is a real gold ingot from the Royal Canadian Mint. At around 30cm long and weighing 20 kilograms, in 1858 this would have been worth about $47,000. In today’s money, it’s worth an impressive $1.5 million!

Tuesday, 9th June: Panning for Gold!

This week, FRDC@HOME is digging up the past on the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush! After gold was discovered in the Fraser River in 1858, over 30,000 gold seekers from all over the world flooded the area to seek their fortune!

Bring this event alive today with your very own Fraser Gold Rush colouring sheet! Simply click on the image on the right to be taken to a printable version. Share your art with us using #FraserRiver and we’ll feature some highlights!

Fraser Canyon Gold Rush Colouring Sheet

Saturday, June 6th: Crafts@Home presents Edible Bird Nests!


Let’s end the week with some Crafts@Home! Our staff have prepared a fun and informative video about the many kinds of nests that birds in the Fraser River Basin are building this time of year, and are excited to show you how to make some delicious edible ones for yourself!

Find the written instructions here!

Tuesday, June 2nd: Reflect on the Fraser!

As communities gradually start to re-open in the Lower Mainland, we’re taking some time this week to reflect on the many ways that the Fraser River provides us with fun adventures, hobbies, and experiences!

With the warmer weather we’ve been enjoying, you might be looking forward to trying out some of the 550km of walking and cycling trails in the Lower Fraser Corridor. Or, maybe you’re excited to get onto the river and find some great fishing spots, such as the stretch between Chilliwack and Hope where large populations of Steelhead and Cuthroat Trout gather in the Spring!

Whatever your interests, the Fraser provides us with so much, and we’re all looking forward to enjoying it safely and responsibly, very soon!

Friday, May 29th: The Many Uses of the Fraser!

We rely on the Fraser River in so many ways. Its waters provide us with food and fun from fishing, an ideal trade route for goods and services to and from the coast, and picturesque landscapes! Discover some of the ways we rely on the Fraser today in our River Use Word Search! There’s some tricky words to find here, so be sure to look up, down, and side to side. Good luck!

Saturday, May 23rd: The Mighty Fraser!

A trickle of snow-melt in the Rockies. A torrent surging through Hell’s Gate. A majestic waterway in the Lower Mainland. The Fraser River is all of these and more!

Discover the Fraser today in our River Basin Graphic. Click on the page you’d like to see and a larger version will open up for you.

Page 1: The Fraser’s Beginning

The Fraser River begins its journey as a small trickle of meltwater near Fraser Pass, in the Rocky Mountains. Take a look and learn more about the river’s source!

Page 2: The Fraser Canyon

As the river travels through BC, it cuts a deep gorge through the landscape called the Fraser Canyon, and flows faster as it grows larger!

Page 3: The Estuary

As the river enters the Fraser Valley, it slows down and grows wider, creating a large estuary that flows majestically into the Salish Sea.

Friday, May 22nd: Click* For Kids: Photos of the Fraser!

From the Rocky Mountains to the Salish Sea, the Fraser River is home to almost 3 million people, each with an unique view of the river. ‘*Click* Photos of the Fraser‘ brings together a collection of these points of view in an annual display of photographs submitted by our community. Today, it’s your turn!

We invite you to share your best, coolest, most beautiful photos of the Fraser River, or go out and safely take some new ones. The more, the better!

Check out some of the entries we feature in our exhibit for inspiration, and share yours with #FraserPhotos so we can find and feature yours!

Thank you to Alexander Fontaine, Dianne Reid, and Stephen LaRocca for their contributions to this gallery!

Tuesday, May 19th: The Fraser’s Journey!

The Fraser River cuts an impressive path through BC’s landscape, but down in the Lower Fraser it’s easy to forget that further upriver the Fraser looks much, much different!

From a trickle of snow-melt in the Rockies, to a surge of raging rapids in the Fraser Canyon, and to the wide, slow-moving Estuary emptying into the Salish Sea, the Fraser River undergoes a lot of change on its 1,375km journey.

Enjoy the natural beauty of BC’s most famous river from the comfort of your own homes, check on our social media channels for the opportunity to share your own photos of the Fraser with us!

Tuesday, May 12th: Ghostly Sturgeon!

May 11 – 17 is Museums Week! All across the world, museums are reaching out to their communities and celebrating the important work they do every day.

We’d like to do the same by featuring one of the Fraser’s most famous – and elusive – residents, the White Sturgeon! Having remained largely unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs, these ‘Ghosts of the Fraser’ spend most of their days on the riverbed hidden from sight, which is impressive considering they can grow up to six metres long!

Bring these shy giants home with you today with our Sturgeon Colouring Sheets! Click to open larger versions to print!

Sat, May 9th: Migratory Bird Crafts!

Happy World Migratory Bird Day! All Spring, the Fraser River Basin becomes an important rest-stop for migratory birds, many of which have flown thousands of kilometres as they travel North for the Summer!

To celebrate the occasion, we’ve prepared some bird-friendly craft activities that the whole family can enjoy!

Share your work with us on social media! We’d love to see what you create!
Stay safe, and happy crafting!

Home-made Bird Feeders!


Springtime means that both resident and migratory birds are on the lookout for food to feed themselves, and we can give them a hand! Follow along as our staff demonstrate how to easily craft a nutritious snack that our feathered friends will find irresistible!


Find the written instructions here!

Paper Bird Mobiles


Capture the beauty of birds in flight with our paper bird mobiles! Follow along with our handy guide as we demonstrate how to create these simple and eye-catching crafts that are easy to build and fun to decorate. Let your creativity take wing!


Find the written instructions here!

Mon, May 4th: Migratory Birds and the Fraser Estuary

Spring is a very important time of year for the birds of the Fraser River Basin. the river’s estuary becomes a temporary home to thousands of migratory birds travelling up the Pacific Flyway to Summer nesting sites!

Start the week with a warm welcome for our feathered friends with our estuary colouring sheet! Simply click on it and a larger version will open in a new window. Share your art online with #FraserRiver and we’ll feature our favorites!

Fraser River Estuary Colouring Sheet

Thurs, April 30th: Scintillating Salmon!

Few inhabitants of the Fraser are as important as the world-famous Pacific Salmon!

Learn more about these fish today today with our Salmon Graphic! Click on the page you’d like to see and a larger version will open up for you.

Page 1: Spot the Differences

There are five different species of Pacific Salmon (and two others in the Salmonid family) that migrate up the Fraser River every year, and all have a very unique appearance!

Take a look and see how many differences you can spot!


Page 2: Salmon Life-cycle

Pacific Salmon go through a lot of change form egg to adult, and each stage gives them a unique appearance, size, and challenges!

Check out the life-stages of salmon here.


Page 3: Keystone Species

Ever heard of the term ‘Keystone Species’ before? They’re a type of animal or plant that is extremely important for the health and stability of their ecosystems.

Without them, the whole system would be in very big trouble, and may even collapse!


Mon, April 27th: Terrific Tugboats!


Explore the Fraser’s Tugboats for yourself with our Tugboat Fact File and Colouring Sheet!

Share your beautiful boats with us! Post a picture of your completed colouring sheet on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us @frdc so we can see and celebrate your hard work!

Tugboat Anatomy Fact File

Tugboat Colouring Sheet