Vedder River

Evening at the Vedder River

The Vedder River around 1910

Campground at the Vedder River

The Vedder River, also called Chilliwack River, is a river in the Canadian province of British Columbia and the U.S. state of Washington.

The name Chilliwack comes from the Indian language Halkomelem, which translates as "valley of many rivers " is.


The river rises as Chilliwack River the Hannegan Pass in Washington's North Cascades National Park, flows north through the Canadian- American border and finally to the Chilliwack Lake. The river flows from the lower half, by Hells Gorge, a deep, dangerous and inaccessible gorge. Even before the border, it flows together with the Little Chilliwack River. There is a small sandy beach at the mouth point in the lake. He leaves in the north of the lake and flows through the Chilliwack River Valley to leave the Fraser Lowland on the south side of Chilliwack. When Vedder Crossing the river flows to the River Sweltzer together, flows through a bridge and change its name to Vedder River. Then the river flows north-west into the Sumas River to the Fraser River, at the northeastern end of the Sumas Mountains to coalesce. Between Vedder Crossing and the confluence with the Sumas River, the river crosses the Fraser floodplain, which protects the surrounding cities and areas from flooding and part of the irrigation system is the Sumas Lake was transformed into Sumas Prairie.

Downstream of the Vedder Crossing Bridge marks the boundary between the Vedder River Yarrow and Greendale.


Before a heavy rain in 1875 was received by the Chilliwack River, north of Vedder Crossing, over a broad alluvial fan, then was divided by an obstruction in the Vedder Creek and the Luckakuk Creek. This caused poverty among the farmers in the area. In 1882, a new lock was built, which postponed the various streams to the west and let them run now in the now drained Sumas Lake. A flood in 1894 solidified the new course. In the early 20th century, the split flow was dammed and channeled. The Chilliwack River at Vedder Crossing Nowadays, changes its name to Vedder River and continues downstream to the Vedder Canal. The Vedder Canal in 1920, as part of efforts to keep the Sumas Lake dry erected. The former course of the Chilliwack River, behind Vedder Crossing is now known as the Chilliwack Creek and flows north into the Fraser River.

Chilliwack River of 1857-1862 was used by the Northwest boundary Survey as a means to access to the 49th degree, and thus to measure the boundary between the U.S. and Canada. Inflows Liumchen Creek, Tamihi Creek, Damfino Creek, Slesse Creek, Nesakwatch Creek, Klahailhu Creek and Depot Creek cross the 49th parallel. The American and British survey offices set up bases from which expeditions were launched toward the dry Chilliwack and Skagit River areas. The Whatcom Trail followed the main part of the Chilliwack River.


The Vedder River Campsite, which is operated by Cultus Lake Park is open from May 1 to October 31.

The Vedder - Chilliwack River is known for the migration of king salmon, silver salmon, humpback salmon, sockeye salmon and rainbow trout.

The rowing championships of the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954 were held at the Vedder Canal.


Inflows into the United States

  • Indian Creek
  • Bear Creek
  • Little Chilliwack River

Inflows in Canada

  • Centre Creek
  • Nesakwatch Creek
  • Foley Creek
  • Chipmunk Creek
  • Slesse Creek
  • Tamihi Creek
  • Liumchen Creek
  • Sweltzer River