The Alouette River flows from Alouette Lake to its junction with the
Fraser River at Pitt Meadows. Typical of many Lower Fraser tributaries,
it drains a mountain watershed in the Coast Mountains, especially
important for its timber and fish values. The hydro power potential of the
river and its proximity to major urban populations was recognized early
in the province's history, leading to constuction
of BC Hydro's Alouette Dam
The river has a significant place in the cultural heritage of the area.
The Katzie First Nation have historically depended on the salmon of the
river and have maintained spiritual, cultural and economic ties to the
river. The valley was part of a travel corridor for First Nations people
between the Lower Fraser River area and the Lillooet area.
In the late 1800's, the economic activities of newcomers along the
river began to change the face of the valley. Farming and logging came to
the area and sawmills were developed in conjunction with the upstream logging
activity, since the river was used to float logs downstream to New Westminster.
The headquarters of the Abernethy and Lougheed Logging Company was located
on the river in the 1920's, presently the site of Allco Park. The park
is now home to a fish hatchery and the future site of an Alouette River
The river has been an important recreational focus for residents of the
area throughout the years. Acquired from the Burrard Power Company in
1927, the site of Maple Ridge Park was developed by the municipality
and has been a popular recreation site for generations. Other popular parks
such as Davidson's
Pool and Horseman's Park are also located along the river.
The Alouette has become a model of successful urban river stewardship.
Volunteer community groups have done tremendous work to restore fish
habitat along the river and educate the public about river conservation.
Also, BC Hydro has
recently helped to improve fish stocks in the Alouette by voluntarily
increasing the amount of water it releases from the dam during critical
spawning and rearing periods.
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