Resource: Sturgeon Reach: Shifting Currents at the Heart of the Fraser

Authors: Terry Glavin and Ben Parfitt

Date: November 2012

More Information and to Purchase: New Star Books

Book Review: Chilliwack Times; Dec. 13, 2012; New book chronicles the effects of gravel removal


Partial proceeds from the sale of this book go towards Watershed Watch.  It is also available for sale at the Fraser River Discovery Centre.

Sturgeon Reach is the name some have given to a stretch of the Fraser River between Hope and Pitt Meadows, where its flow slows, and it deposits the gravel it’s been carrying from the province’s interior. Its story is one of rocks and stones, from its geological origins, from the mythic beginnings of human settlement, and from the arrival of Simon Fraser through to the onslaught of dykes and roads and bridges and foundations that today threaten the river’s essential nature.

Sturgeon Reach hosts an incredible array of life, from giant black cottonwoods to a creature that dates from the age of dinosaurs –– the remarkable white sturgeon. This stretch of river is the spawning ground for major salmon runs. And for millennia, it has also been the home of the Sto:lo Indians.

How can we now live well along a river that has a ceaseless desire to overflow its banks and set its own course? How can we allow the life that the river’s character fosters to persist in the face of overwhelming development? In the 20th book in the Transmontanus series, Terry Glavin and Ben Parfitt explore Sturgeon Reach — its geography, its history, its critical role in the coastal ecosystem, and the compelling story it tells about competing human needs.

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