The Exploration and Mapping of the Fraser River
Simon Fraser's explorations in British Columbia have always intrigued me. I recall the first time that I read his journals were in the
early 1990`s and it wasn't until researching Thompson's Great Map of 1814 that I once again became interested in Fraser, specifically his
1808 journey down the river which now bears his name.
During my review of the 1814 map, I had note that the mapping of the Fraser River by Thompson was based on the survey's of John Stuart. I realized then that Thompson must have seen the notes and survey's performed by Stuart to have accurately mapped the river.
Curiosity of course compelled me to look more into this interesting realization. I began with researching Fraser's exploits in British Columbia and then specifically the 1808 expedition down the Fraser River. What I found in Fraser's journals and how closely they relate to Thompson's mapping of the river surprised even me.
Click Here is where you can view the maps developed as a result of this research