The Fraser Valley is the region of the Fraser River basin in southwestern British Columbia downstream of the Fraser Canyon. The term is sometimes used outside of British Columbia to refer to the entire basin including the Fraser Canyon and up from there to its source, but in general British Columbian usage of the term refers to the stretch of the river downstream from the town of Hope, and includes all of the Canadian portion of the Fraser Lowland and areas flanking it.
Today, the Fraser Valley has a mix of land uses, ranging from the industrial and urban centres of Vancouver, Surrey, and Abbotsford through golf courses and parks to dairy farms and market gardens.
Agricultural land in the valley– much of it protected by the Agricultural Land Reserve– is intensively farmed: the Fraser Valley brings in over half of British Columbia’s annual agricultural revenue, although it makes up a small percentage of the province’s total land area.
The city is surrounded by mountains and recreational areas such as Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake Provincial Parks. There are many outdoor activities in the area, including hiking, horseback riding, biking, camping, fishing, and golf.