Sumas Lake Reclamation — Abbotsford, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
N 49° 03.398 W 122° 10.703
10U E 560026 N 5434076
Sumas Lake occupied 40 km² (15 mi²) and swelled to 120 km² (47 mi²) during flooding. The lake was drained in order to create more farmland in the fertile region of the Fraser Valley. The Chilliwack River was redirected in 1924 draining the lake.
Waymark Code: WM8XXJ
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 05/28/2010
Views: 10


In 1924, by a system of stream diversions, dams, dykes, canals and pumps, 33,000 acres of fertile land were reclaimed from Sumas Lake. Few areas in B.C. have such rich soil with transportation and markets in close proximity. Produce of the mixed farming on this deep lake-bottom land is an important factor in the economy of our mountainous province.

Province of British Columbia

The 100th Stop of Interest Plaque placed since 1958. Unveiled by L.J. Wallace, General Chairman, British Columbia Centennial Committee, October 29, 1967.

Type of Marker: Geographical / Natural History

Type of Sign: British Columbia Tourism Sign

Describe the parking that is available nearby: Cole Road Rest Area of Highway 1 eastbound at Exit 99

What Agency placed the marker?: Province of British Columbia

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