Fraser River topographic map

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About this map

Name: Fraser River topographic map, elevation, terrain.

Location: Fraser River, Flood Hope Road, Hope, Fraser Valley Regional District, British Columbia, V0X 1L1, Canada (49.10806 -122.74204 49.38135 -121.45540)

Average elevation: 865 m

Minimum elevation: -1 m

Maximum elevation: 2,690 m

Similar to the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland, Oregon, the Fraser exploits a topographic cleft between two mountain ranges separating a more continental climate (in this case, that of the British Columbia Interior) from a milder climate near the coast. When an Arctic high-pressure area moves into the British Columbia Interior and a relatively low-pressure area builds over the general Puget Sound and Strait of Georgia region, the cold Arctic air accelerates southwest through the Fraser Canyon. These outflow winds can gust up to 97 to 129 kilometres per hour (60 to 80 mph) and have at times exceeded 160 kilometres per hour (100 mph). Such winds frequently reach Bellingham and the San Juan Islands, gaining strength over the open water of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.