Rearguard Falls

Feature type: Falls
Province: British Columbia
Location: Fraser River, E of Tête Jaune Cache
Latitude: 52°58’25”
Longitude: 119°21’45”
NTS map: 83D/14
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

There is a sign at these falls indicating that they mark the limit of he upward migration of chinook salmon on the Fraser River, a bit of local lore frequently repeated. However, according to naturalist Art Carson of Valemount, “The falls are now believed by Canada Fisheries & Oceans Dept. to be an insurmountable barrier to perhaps 90 percent of the salmon which attempt it, however. Of the successful ones (perhaps 350 to 550 per year) a few have even been found spawning in the glacial waters of the Robson River. As far as is known, Overlander Falls several kilometers upstream from Rearguard marks the true upper limit of migration, with the uppermost spawning beds (only large enough for a few fish) being located just below Overlander Falls adjacent to Denny Hogan’s early railway construction camp.”

References:

  • MacGregor, James Grierson, 1905-1989. Overland by the Yellowhead. Saskatoon: Western Producer, 1974

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