The Falls
“The Falls” refers to a set of Fraser River rapids located approximately six km north of Yale. An important site during the Fraser Gold Rush, the falls are, in various despatches and documents, also referred to as the “Great Falls”, and the “Fraser falls”. Douglas was an unwitting perpetrator of this confusion, as he used the name “Great Falls” interchangeably to describe more than one locale in his despatches (as seen here and here).
The trail around the falls was described as a particularly treacherous and slow-going area for miners and travellers, called a mere-goat track with inclines of thirty to thirty-six degrees, and with yawning precipices; Mayne allegedly described the area as the roughest trail he ever encountered.1
Mentions of this place in the documents
People in this document

Douglas, James

Mayne, Richard Charles

Places in this document

Fraser River

Yale

The Colonial Despatches Team. The Falls. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/the_falls.html.

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