Gold Rush Trail Fraser Canyon Transportation Corridor National Historic Event
Once an almost insurmountable obstacle to travel into the interior, the scenic Fraser Canyon is now one of Canada’s major transportation corridors. Aboriginal people were the first to open paths along the canyon walls, followed later by fur traders and goldminers walking on trails high above the raging waters. Transit was improved by the construction of the Cariboo Wagon Road and later two trans-continental railways. When the Trans-Canada Highway replaced the provincial highway in the 1950′s, the Fraser Canyon’s role in the national transportation network was re-affirmed.