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Tips for tourists : interurban trips over B.C. Electric Railway system, in vicinity of Vancouver, British… British Columbia Electric Railway Company [1913?]

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Interurban Trips
Over B.C. Electric Railway System, in vicinity of
Mt.  Baker (50 Miles away)  as seen from Langley.
 B. C. Electric Interurban Terminal at Vancouver.
No Visitor to Vancouver has seen the Coast District
until he has taken the trip from
The line passes through the centre of the South Fraser
Valley, one of the richest Agricultural Districts in the
Three Car Multiple Unit Train Operated on Fraser Valley Division.
Leave   Carrall Street   Station,   Vancouver,   and   Columbia   Street
Terminal, New Westminster.
Multiple Unit Trains of Three Cars are operated on this run,
affording every provision of comfort, convenience and safety for
The running schedule is so arranged that the Round Trip
mag be made in one day, with a stopover of six hours at
B. C, Electric Station at Chilliwack,
B. C. Electric Terminal at New Westminster.
Thousands of tourists take the run over the B. C. Electric line to
Chilliwack every summer, and all agree that the journey was a revelation to them and formed the best day's outing offered on the Pacific
The trip affords the varied views of districts in the making as
the train passes hillsides which are being cleared and the forest
growth turned into merchantable lumber at many mills along the line,
the newly cleared tracts being rapidly transformed into farming land,
market gardens, poultry ranches, etc. Again the train passes through
rich agricultural districts, thousands of acres in extent, the rolling expanse of fertile land, on which may be seen hundreds of farms of a
high standard, extending as far as the eye can see. In these fields
may be seen from the car window large flocks of sheep, great herds of
dairy cattle whose fame is known the wide world round, and all the
incidentals of farming life under most favorable conditions.
Apart, from the agricultural side, the trip is well worth taking
for the magnificent views along the line. At every turn new beauties of nature are unfolded as the train speeds through wooded sections, over swift running creeks and deep ravines, or across the level
rolling country with the mountain ranges forming a perfect background. A wonderful picture of Mt. Baker (over 50 miles away) is
presented as the train passes through Langley and Matsqui and many
Rich Farming Land on Langley Prairie.
THE Fraser Valley division of the B. C. Electric interurban railway system, connecting Vancouver with
Chilliwack, is 76 miles in length, thus being the longest
interurban line in Canada and one of the longest operated
by a single company on the continent. The line was opened
in 1910, and represented an expenditure of $3,500,000 for
construction and equipment before through service was
inaugurated. For the passenger service on the line multiple unit trains of three and four cars are provided, four
such trains being operated daily in each direction over
the division. The passenger coaches are of the latest
interurban type, and are provided with every convenience
for the comfort of passengers on the extended run. Every
precaution has been taken for safety both in the construction and maintenance of the line and the equipment of the
cars used on the run. The time schedule calls for the
through run from Vancouver to Chilliwack in slightly over
three and one-half hours.
The trip over the line affords visitors to the Coast an
opportunity of quickly seeing one of the richest agricultural sections of the province under conditions which are
offered at no other point in British Columbia While the
province boasts many rich valleys, which are well developed from an agricultural standpoint, it is only through the
South Fraser Valley that an electric railway is operated,
thus making this district the only agricultural section of
British Columbia which may be quickly covered with comfort  and   convenience.
Bridge oyer Fraser River used by B. C, £legtric Trains.
 Cloverdale,  a thriving town in Surrey.
beautiful views as
Sumas Lake is circled when the train
is rounding Vedder
Mountain just before
it enters on the last
lap of its journey as
it crosses the madly
dashing Vedder
world wide renown
River beyond which
are passed the great
hop yards of Sardis,
only a few miles
from the eastern
terminus of the journey.
A traveller of last year took the trip over the B. C. Electric to
Chilliwack, and on his return said: "The trip was a revelation of
beauty and charm which will live in my memory for years. On my
tour of the Pacific Coast I have taken no single day's journey which
gave me equal instruction and delight."
The traveller taking the trip from Vancouver proceeds to New
Westminster over one of the three interurban lines connecting these
two cities, particulars concerning which are given on another page
of this folder.
The trains of the Fraser Valley division are made up at the New
Westminster depot. From this terminal the traveller passes along
the waterfront of the city and the real journey into the South Fraser
valley is begun as the great bridge of the Provincial Government
spanning the Fraser is crossed. While crossing the bridge the traveller should look toward New Westminster as thus will be gained a
knowledge of the waterfront possibilities of the city, a view of importance as the civic authorities are now working on the plans for a
great harbor at the point. Looking up the river while crossing the
bridge may be seen to the north the Fraser River Lumber Mills, the
largest sawmill plant in the world, and, on the south side of the
Fraser, the site of Port Mann, where the Canadian Northern is developing an important point of its transcontinental line.
Reaching the south terminus of the bridge, the traveller is in
Surrey municipality. Here a good example may be seen of the
making of British Columbia as the train passes through long stretches
of wooded country. The doom of the forest giant has already been
spoken, however, and every once in a while will be passed the logging
camp around which are being felled great firs and cedars. Some of
these logs are taken over the electric line on long logging trains to
the Fraser from which point they are rafted to the mills, while others
are turned into lumber and shingles at one of the many small mills
Market Gardening along Fraser Valley Line (Ten acres under glass).
located along the line. In the eastern part of Surrey the traveller obtains his first glimpse of real agricultural life in the South Fraser as
the hillside country is passed and the level district which is best
suited for farming is reached. Here a large territory is passed
through which is the location of well developed farms, the thriving
town of Cloverdale being the centre of this agricultural community.
Leaving Surrey, the train passes through Langley municipality.
In this district the passenger will be more than charmed with the
beautiful view of the great rolling expanse of fertile land, dotted as
far as the eye can see with well developed market gardens, farms
and comfortable homes, the mountains in the distance forming a
most effective background for the beautiful picture. No words need
be wasted in describing the views of Langley. The cuts on the pages
of this folder give a partial idea of the many and varied scenes which
are presented and the person who takes the trip always carries away
a lasting impression of Langley.
From Langley the train enters Matsqui municipality, a district in
which dairying is followed extensively, large herds of cattle being
seen on every farm. Fruit raising is also followed with great success
as is proved by the many large and thriving orchards seen from the
car window.
In Matsqui the
train takes a turn
to the south to
avoid a low district which is subject to flood, and
aear this point the
passenger should
look to the southeast and secure
the beautiful view
of the snow-clad
peak of Mt. Baker
over 40 miles
away, which is
afforded. The
view of this peak
from   Matsqui,
Looking over Langley Prairie, Milner in distance.
Beautiful View of Langley, showing mountain background.
especially in the evening as the sun
is  setting,  is  indescribably  grand.
Just before leaving Matsqui the
train stops at Clayburn, where is
located a great brickmaking plant, the
clay at the point being well suited for
the purpose.
Continuing in a southerly direction, the train passes into Sumas
municipality, and soon reaches the
town of Huntingdon, which is located
on the international boundary line,
the United States being but a stone's
throw from the train platform.
From Sumas the train turns to
the north and passes through a
stretch of country which is subject
to flood, necessitating the construction of the line on a long and high
embankment. Having crossed this low
lying section, the traveller sees on
the north Sumas Lake, a large body
of water which is connected with the
Fraser and is subject to tidal conditions, while to the south may be seen
the low slopes of the Vedder Mountains rising gradually until overshadowed by the higher peaks in the distance. At this point
the line for several miles hugs the mountain as closely as
possible and circles the southern end of Sumas Lake, afford,
ing a beautiful view.
At the head of Sumas Lake the train leaves the mountain
and passes over the Vedder River on a high bridge, then speeding through a short stretch of low country and suddenly
emerging into the famous Chilliwack valley. Here again the
traveller must take the trip to find fitting terms of expression
for the view at this point. The Chilliwack valley is a vast
expanse of especially fertile soil which has been farmed for
many years, and, as far as the eye can reach, has been brought
to a high state of cultivation. On its broad acres dairying is
extensively followed, while large market gardens and prosperous farms may be seen on every hand. Surrounding the
valley on all sides are ranges of high mountains, upon the
lower benches of which are located the many fruit farms of
the district. The beautiful view of the Chilliwack valley as
seen from the B. C. Electric train entering the section is a
sight which will never be forgotten.
As the train enters the valley a stop is made at Sardis,
and here the traveller will see a novel and interesting view
during the tourist season, as the extensive and famous hop-
yards of the district are passed.
Chilliwack, the eastern terminus of the line, is situated a
few miles beyond Sardis. Here the traveller will find a thriving city which is the centre of the entire valley. Comfortable
hotels are at his command which will meet his demands for
either a brief or lengthy stay, and from the city radiate well kjept
roads leading to all sections of the valley, a trip over which will prove
that the proud boast of Chilliwack that it is one of the great agricultural districts of the world is a claim which can be fully substantiated.
The South Fraser valley is a section which at once appeals to the
follower of the "rod and gun." As may be seen at a glance on a trip
through the valley, the country is such as gives promise of both "fin
and feather" to the satisfaction of the most ardent sportsman. And,
during the propepr seasons, this promise is fully carried out, the valley being a rich field for the person who follows up the creeks in pursuit of "speckled beauties," or, with his gun, tramps over the fields
and wooded sections in his quest for the lordly cock pheasant or other
game birds, or, on the sloughs, awaits the coming of the flight of
wild ducks. /
The entire valley is a field for the sportsmen, as good trout
streams are to be found in all parts, from the smaller creeks of South
Surrey to the larger Vedder, near Chilliwack. Pheasant and other
game birds are plentiful all along the line and Sumas Lake with its
many sloughs is a favorite
resort for wild ducks,
large flights of which may
often be seen from the
train as it circles about
the  lake.
B. C. Electric Train rounding southern end of Sumas Lake.
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Business District of Chilliwack.
 Dairy Scene in   Chilliwack Valley.
No Visitor to the Coast District of
British Columbia should neglect to take
the run to Chilliwack over the Fraser
Valley Line, especially as it is possible
to make the round trip in a single day,
with a stopover of several hours at
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Wild Ducks on Sumas Lake.
Trout Fishing (One hour's catch on Vedder River).
VANCOUVER        12
Government    8
Shops      1.8
S.   Westminster   .... 2.2
Scott     3.3
Kennedy    4.6
Craigs  5.8
Newton      7.8
Hyland      8.9
Sullivan    10.2
McLellan 12.2
Meridian     12.7
Cloverdale     13.5
Hall's     Prairie 14.5
Anderson    15.5
Hunter    16.8
Langley Prairie  ....17.3
Norris    18.1
Milner     19.8
Jardine    20.5
Harmsworth      21.7
Sperling     23.0
Warhoop     24.3
Coghlan  25.3
County   Line    26.5
Beaver River   26.8
Jackman    27.5
Dennison  30.8
Mt. Lehman  ...31.9
Gilford   ...34.5
Glover 36.6
Clayburn     37.1
St.   Nicholas     38.4
Abbotsford    39.3
Vye     42.1
Huntingdon  43.0
Whatcom    Rd 45.2
Evan-Thomas  46.6
Norton     48.3
Vedder   Mt 49.6
Kidd  51.2
Belrose    ...52.6
Sinclair     53.7
Yarrow     55.1
Woodroofe  57.0
Lickman    58.8
South   Sumas    59.5
Evans    60.4
Sardis    61.0
Wells    61.5
Knight  Rd.    61.6
Hopyards at Sardis.
VANCOUVER ISLAND    Victoria-Esquimalt-Saanich Line
MAINLAND LINES—Vancouver, South (Vancouver,  Point Grey,  North Vancouver, New  Westminster.    Vancouver and Chilliwack.     Vancouver and New Westminster (3* lines).    Vancouver and Steveston,
 Vancouver and New Westminster.
ROUND   TRIP     -     50  Cents,
Passengers taking   round trip   may go over   one   line
and make the return trip over either of the other lines.
For times of arrival and departure consult Interurban
Time Card.
Burnaby Lake, on Interurban Line, between Vancouver and New Westminster.
MiEW WESTMINSTER, popularly known as the "Royal City," is a
B^i centre which every tourist should visit. It is a prosperous city
of nearly 20,000 inhabitants, located on the Fraser River, about 12
miles from Vancouver, the run being made over the interurban lines
of the B. C. Electric in less than an hour. Not only is New Westminster well worth visiting, but the trip over the interurban lines
connecting the cities is most instructive as it will give the visitor to
the coast a striking illustration of the rapidity with which suburban
settlement is advancing on the mainland of British Columbia.
For this trip the traveller is offered the choice of three interurban lines, each passing through a different section and presenting
varied phases of development. Tourists may secure round trip tickets which permit them to take the "going" trip over one interurban
line and the "return" over another division, thus affording a better
opportunity of seeing the entire district between the two cities and
avoiding the repetition of the same view on the return trip.
The interurban lines of the B. C. Electric connecting Vancouver
and New Westminster may be briefly described as follows:
Route 1.—Via Central Park, trains leaving interurban terminal at
Carrall and Hastings streets every 15 minutes during the day. This
line has been in operation for many years and is well settled all
along the route. From the car window may be constantly seen beautiful suburban homes, market gardens, fruit ranches, etc. Possibly no
trip the visitor can take on this coast will so well illustrate the
growth of suburban settlement as over the Central Park line. Having
once taken the run he will understand that it is no idle "booster"
boast that the day is fast approaching when the entire district between Vancouver and New Westminster will be well settled, thus
creating a "Greater City."
Route   2.—Via   Burnaby,   trains
View of New Westminster Waterfront.
leaving interurban terminal at
Hastings and Carrall streets
hourly during the day, on the
even hour. This line was
opened in 1911, and passes
through Hastings Townsite
and Burnaby Municipality,
sections which are now being
rapidly settled. This trip'affords at some points an excellent picture of the trans*
formation of the forest tract
into the home of the settler,
while at other points may be
seen magnificent suburban
homes. The line passes between Burnaby and Deer
Lakes, on the snores of which
many residents of Vancouver
and New Westminster have
permanent residences or summer cottages.
Route 3.—Via North Arm of
the Fraser, trains leaving station at foot of Granville
street hourly during the day
on the even hour.
 Columbia Street, New Westminster.    B. C. Electric Terminal in Centre.
This journey gives the visitor a view of Shaughnessy Heights, the
"show" residence section of Vancouver, and passes through Point
Grey, where are located many beautiful suburban residences. At
Eburne the main line is left and a branch taken to New Westminster,
the route following the windings of the North Arm of the Fraser,
affording a beautiful trip, as the latter portion of the run is taken
through a district which is devoted to market gardening, etc., as
well as being the location of many suburban homes and centres of
Interurban trains over all routes arrive in New Westminster at
the Columbia street terminal of the B. C. Electric, located in the
heart of the city's business district.
The traveller will find much of interest in New Westminster
and its surrounding districts. The place has for many years been
recognized as the headquarters for the rich agricultural district of
the South Fraser valley and on its waterfront is now operated a
most successful public market. During recent years steps have
been taken for the development of a great harbor at the point, and
this undertaking is now well in hand, being advanced in connection
with the coming of the main line of the Canadian Northern to the city,
The business district of the city is located along the water front,
its appearance spelling prosperity in large letters, the residence sections being on the hill where are to be found the beautiful homes of
which New Westminster is justly  proud.
A number of provincial institutions with their well kept ground*,;
are located in New Westminster and near the city limits is Queen'a
Park, where is held every fall a provincial ^exhibition which is
worth going many miles to see. It is in Queen's Park that great
lacrosse games are played during the summer, when the two besi;
lacrosse teams in the world, Vancouver and New Westminster, cros»
sticks for the championship.
Just east of New Westminster is the mill of the Fraser River
Lumber Co., the largest sawmill plant in the world. This point is
reached by a short run over a B. C. Electric line from the Columbia
street terminal. Across the North Arm of the Fraser, on the east end
of Lulu Island, is a new industrial centre, Queensborough, which is
also reached by a B. C. Electric line from the Columbia street terminal and will be a point of interest for many travellers.
Provincial Exhibition Grounds, Queen's Park, New Westminster.
The Trip which covers Salmon Fishing and the Great Fraser
River Canneries.
ROUND TRIP    -    70 Cents.
The trip also covers a run across Point Grey and through
Lulu Island.
Trains leave station at foot of Granville Street hourly (on
the half hour).
NOTE.—During the Salmon Fishing Season a special trip is at
times arranged bv the B. C. Electric covering interurban run from Vancouver to New Westminster, steamer run down the Fraser to Steveston
and return to Vancouver via Lulu Island line. For details concerning
this half-dag triangular trip enquire for small special folder.
Eburne, a Prosperous Centre on Lulu Island Line.
. j—j VERY visitor to Vancouver during the salmon fishing season
™ will desire to take a trip to the scene of the fishing on the
Fraser River and the great canneries at Steveston, the salmon fishing industry being one for which British Columbia is famous the
wide world round and the centre of this great industry being Steveston, at the mouth of the Fraser.
This trip may be taken with comfort and convenience over the
Lulu Island line of the B. C. Electric, the run to Steveston being
made in less than an hour with trains operating from the foot of
Granville street hourly, on the half hour.
The trip to Steveston is one of the most interesting and instructive  excursions offered  the  visitor to  British  Columbia.    On it
Reaping Scene on Lulu Island.
he may literally follow the "sockeye" from its natural home in the
river to the "tin," thus being made ready for shipment to all parts
of the world and filling the demand of the housewife in- over a score
of languages for a "tin of salmon." At Steveston the traveller may
see the interesting sight of the fleet of hundreds of fishing boats
leaving for the Gulf or casting their great nets across the river and
drifting in with the tide, witness the hauling in of the nets and the
capture of the great fish, of which hundreds are often taken on a
single drift, see the great scow loads of salmon brought in to the
canneries from the traps, inspect the great canneries where by
means of machinery which is almost human in action the salmon is
prepared for and finally packed in the "tin" which is then taken to
the retorts for the final operation which preserves it for years and
enables the housewife in
the far-off land to enjoy
the well known taste of
the "B. C. Sockeye brand."
All this and much more
will the traveller see on
the trip to Steveston, the
journey being one which
will be both educational
and interesting.
But the trip over the
B.C. Electric line to Steveston covers even more
than the salmon fishing industry, the line passing
through a section of British Columbia every mile of
which is counted a fruitful
field by travellers.
Leaving Vancouver the
train passes the "show"
residential district of Vancouver , Shaughnessy
Heights, affording an excellent view of this district. The route then
takes the traveller through
 The Trip to the
Fraser River Salmon
Fishing Grounds is
one of the most instructive excursions
offered on the Coast.
Salmon Fishing Fleet leaving the Fraser at Steveston.
Point Grey, a section which is becoming
thickly settled by wealthy residents of Vancouver, whose handsome suburban residences are located all along the line throughout the municipality.
Eburne, half way on the run to Steveston,
being passed, the train crosses the North
Arm of the Fraser and enters upon its run
across Lulu Island, a district which has been
developed from the agricultural standpoint
to a high standard. The island is composed
of rich alluvial soil and is the site of great
market gardens, small farms and poultry
ranches, the scene at every turn of the line
being interesting in the extreme.
On the journey across the island is passed
Minoru Park, where horse racing is conducted during certain seasons each summer,
and at Richmond is passed the rifle range of
the provincial government where the militia
of Vancouver and other points engage in rifle
Should the visitor be especially interested in agriculture and be able to afford the
time, he may from Steveston take the ferry
to Ladner, the head of the great Delta district, where he will find ample scope for
eyes and ears as he sees and hears concerning this truly great agricultural section.
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 North Vancouver
B.C. Electric Cars running to the Capilano and
Lynn meet every Ferry
from Vancouver.
Ferries leave from foot
of Columbia St., Vancouver, every 20 minutes
during the day.
General View of Capilano Canyon.
ORTH VANCOUVER lies across the Inlet from Vancouver, being
reached by ferry operating at frequent intervals. In North Vancouver is located the famous canyon of the Capilano, known to lovers
of nature all over the world. Less known, but just as beautiful, are
the canyon and falls of Lynn Creek and the Seymour Creek canyon.
The visitor to Vancouver cannot afford to neglect the opportunity of
seeing these grand and inspiring beauty spots of nature, concerning
which world-wide travelers speak in the highest terms.
The North Vancouver cars of the B. C. Electric operate directly
to both the Capilano and Lynn districts, and take the traveler for a
considerable part of his journey should he desire to see the great
canyon of Seymour Creek.
Lynn Creek Falls, Near Lynn Canyon.


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