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Vedder Crossing

The community of Vedder Crossing straddles Vedder Road between Promontory Road and just south of the Vedder Crossing Bridge. This route was first used about 1891. In 1875, a freshet partially blocked the north-easterly flowing Chilliwack River, causing some of the river's water to divert into a small creek, known as Vedder Creek. This blockage was complete by 1891, necessitating the construction of a bridge.

Before 1925 all highway traffic passed by Vedder Crossing. The main route to Vancouver changed when Sumas Lake was drained in 1924 and a bridge across the Vedder Canal was built in 1925. At various times, a hotel, general store, dance hall and store were located adjacent to the bridge. The success of these businesses was probably connected to their strategic location on Vedder Road.

Vedder Crossing remained largely rural until the 1940s. The federal government established a military training base at the corner of Keith Wilson and Vedder Road in 1941. Camp Chilliwack became a major Canadian training facility. Renamed Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack it was closed in the 1990s as part of military restructuring. Credit: Chilliwack Museum and Archives. Vedder Crossing takes its name from Volkert Vedder, who arrived in the Hope area about 1860 and in the 1870s owned land by the Vedder River. (Akrigg).

Vedder Crossing

Vedder Bridge crossing the Vedder River at the junction of Chilliwack Lake and Vedder Roads. Photograph courtesy Maurice Jassak. Many more Fraser Valley pictures may be found at See the Fraser Valley.

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