FRDC@HOME

Join us as we share fun crafts, activities, and fascinating Fraser facts!

Scroll down the page to find all our activities. We’re so excited to connect with you!

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 seven 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 seven different species of Pacific Salmon 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