Canada is no stranger to Sasquatch sightings, especially in the western province of British Columbia which is covered in beautiful mountains and picturesque lakes. But the highest concentration of Sasquatch sightings in the province happens to be in the Fraser Valley Area. The Frazier Valley consists of a Valley between Hope and Chillawack in British Columbia and is about a 3.5 Hour Drive from Seattle, WA and 2 hours from Vancouver, BC.
The Fraser Valley Area varies in definition depending on where you’re from. Locals from BC refer to it as the area along the Fraser River downstream from the southwestern town of Hope. But those not from the area often speak of the entire basin including Fraser Canyon. For the purposes of this post though, let’s hangout with the locals.
Frazier Valley 1930's
Sightings of Sasquatch in this area are said to date back over 200 years. But if you ask indigenous tribes, you’re likely to hear about stories of these creatures passed down from ancestors long gone.
An article said to be from July 29, 1934, speaks of the Sasquatch being a “tribal legend among the Chehalis Indians and those of the Skwah Reservation” that have been carried down by “oral recording covering three generations.”
While this article is a bit hard to read, it shares that members of the Chehalis tribes “have seen in the springtime every fourth year the light of a great fire on one of the highest peaks in the Chehalis Range.” It “burns for four nights, rising in a very high, thin column.”
The article further speculates that this fire-burning tradition marks a “return to a certain place of worship at some ancient shrine” for Sasquatch or might instead be a way for them to communicate with others in the basin. It seems like the early 1930s were ripe for Bigfoot sightings in the Fraser Valley Area. Francis Dickie, the author of the article, shares that sightings of the mysterious “hairy men” were becoming more frequent.
Sometime that year Tom Cedar from the Skwah Reservation by Harrison was trout fishing in his canoe on Morris Creek when he was seemingly attacked by a Sasquatch. He was “near a rocky-terraced bank” when a large rock was thrown into the water near his canoe. When he looked up “he saw with amazement a huge hair man above him just as he threw another rock.” Cedar, not exactly thrilled to stick around and see what would happen next, paddled as quickly as he could up the creek.
But that wasn’t the first recorded Sasquatch sighting in the area, twenty years earlier Peter Williams, also of the Chehalis tribe, was near the foot of a mountain about a mile from the reserve when he saw a “man between six and seven feet tall, covered with hair” rise from beneath the underbrush. He ran through the underbrush and was amazed (and terrified) when the creature chased after him across the pond and all the way back to his home where he grunted and growled until deciding to leave.
The next year, Paul Williams, also of the Chehalis again came across these creatures and was close enough to distinguish that they were different genders. Other reports in this article describe these creatures chasing off fishermen to retrieve the fish they’ve caught, staring at them from afar and lurking around in the mountainous area.
However, a witness named Charley Victor did describe a more favorable encounter with one of these giant beasts. He saw a “huge man looking down upon” him as he was bathing in a mountain lake. He even tried to speak to the creature whose “big eyes looked very kind” but didn’t get a chance before he ran off.
The debate described in the article is the same one we have in modern day times. While sightings are reported we have a lack of physical or scientific evidence of these creatures, it seems too many to be a coincidence. So, are they real?
Bigfoot BC Sightings
The 1930s wasn’t the first or last time that Sasquatch was reported lurking around in the Fraser Valley Area. The town of Hope, BC, seems to be a hot spot where Sasquatch-like creatures have been spotted in 1957 and 1997. In the earlier encounter a truck driver saw a large creature jump over a fence and run towards the Fraser River. In the latter, Wayne Oliver caught one on video (unfortunately I couldn’t find the footage).
The Sasquatch Sightings Mapper has eight sightings marked on their map which include both eyewitness sightings, historical mentions (including those mentioned in the 1934 article above) and other strange occurrences that could be attributed to these creatures—most of which include strange noises. But Bigfoot sightings in BC have been reported not only in the Fraser Valley Area, but also in Whistler and Tofino.
Sasquatch in the Fraser Valley Area
If you’re headed to the Fraser Valley Area to spot Sasquatch, you’d be best to wander the beautiful banks of the Fraser River. While you’re walking along, you might want to take a glance up at the tallest peak where you might find a tall smoke signal to indicate that something else is lurking in those woods.
By Tae Haahr,
Research Writer - Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.