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Morning fog lies over Bedford Channel, an arm of the Fraser River, at Fort Langley. It was at this spot in November of 1858 that James Douglas arrived with a contingent of Royal Engineers from Victoria and was marched up to the Hudson's Bay Company fort to be sworn in as the first governor of the newly proclaimed colony of British Columbia. The thousands of gold miners travelling up the river in that same year stopped here to obtain supplies for the season. When the gold rush ended, a few of those miners returned to the Fraser Valley and established the first farms, apart from the Hudson's Bay Company farm located at Fort Langley. Settlement of the Valley spelled the end of both the aboriginal way of life and the fur trade.

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