When you consider a day on the water, you may envision cruising on the open sea with unfettered horizons in all directions. But in British Columbia the options for exploring aquatic habitats go beyond the ocean. The Fraser River, home to The Peninsula, snakes from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Georgia – 1,375 kilometres of wildlife and nature.
When you moor your boat at The Peninsula’s private marina, exclusive to residents of Port Royal, you have access to this stunning display of river wilderness, with the option of branching out of the mouth and into the salty open seas.
Travel upriver, through placid waters, almost as far as Hope. Beyond here the river turns choppy and tumultuous, and is best explored by a professionally manoeuvered power raft. On the way to Hope, you’ll pass the urban scenes of New Westminster, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack – the sights becoming more nature focussed the farther north you float.
Wildlife is widespread along the river. You are likely to see seals, osprey, great blue heron, and eagles – keep a pair of binoculars aboard your boat. If you have a license, you may choose to fish the Fraser – salmon and white sturgeon have long called the depths home.
Learn more about the Mighty Fraser at the Fraser River Discovery Centre.
We are now conducting private appointments at The Peninsula in advance of our public opening in September. Register your interest in these remarkable waterfront residences today.
Image: Amber Belzer