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In 1827, the first European explorers to establish a habitation in the future British Columbia travelled by way of flat bottom boats from Fort Astoria on the Columbia River. These men were fur traders of the Hudson's Bay Company, who followed the coast, then travelled inland via two streams, the Nicomekl and the Salmon Rivers. About a mile from here they built the first fort, called Fort Langley.

In 1827 this little stream was twice the present width and was home to a plentiful beaver population. The beaver were trapped by the local natives and traded to the fur traders in exchange for implements, weapons, and the famous Hudson's Bay blankets. Today the Salmon River is home to fish and a wide variety of bird life, particularly a large population of Canada Geese which do not, as most Canada Geese, fly south for the winter.

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