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Fraser River - History, Uses, Major tributaries


River in SW Canada, rises in the Rocky Mts, flows NW, S, and W to enter the Strait of Georgia and the Pacific Ocean 16 km/10 mi S of Vancouver; length 1368 km/850 mi; navigable below Yale; Fraser R canyon above Yale; 1858 gold rush along upper reaches led to independent colonial status for the mainland, and the beginnings of permanent non-native settlement; lower river course followed by two major railroads.

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