Mile 53

Feature type: Former settlement
Province: British Columbia
Location: Near Tête Jaune Cache

Mile 53 from the north-west, at the backwater (SS Operator can be seen on the river)

Mile 53 from the north-west, at the backwater (SS Operator can be seen on the river)
Valemount & Area Museum

Surveyor James Walker wrote, “From Mile 53 — this mileage is reckoned from the Summit at Yellowhead Pass along the railway — the [Fraser] river is navigable in high water as far as Soda Creek, a distance of nearly 500 miles. The Fraser has proved to be invaluable to the building of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, despite the fact that so many lives and so much property have been lost in its waters. These accidents have happened mostly through carelessness and ignorance. The chief obstacles to navigation are due to the existence of shifting sand and gravel bars, the Goat Rapids, the Grand Canyon, and the Giscome Rapids, all above Fort George. High water minimizes this danger for the larger craft, but presents sometimes greater dangers for the smaller ones.”

References:

  • Walker, James A. South fork of Fraser River, Dore River to Clearwater River. December 15, 1913. Victoria: Government of British Columbia, 1914

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