Family Down the Fraser, Tony Westman, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

In the 1970s Richard and Rochelle Wright and their two sons rafted down the Fraser River from Tête Jaune Cache to the Pacific coast. They were largely following the route of the Overlanders of 1862, who traversed the Canadian Rockies to join the Cariboo Gold Rush in British Columbia. The family’s journey was produced into the classic Canadian paddling film Family Down The Fraser, directed by Tony Westman.

Decades later, the essence of the Wright’s journey still resounds. Thanks to the restoration work of the National Film Board of Canada, their Fraser River story can be enjoyed by paddling audiences once again.



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