Sumas Lake

Sumas Lake

Sumas Lake was a body of water between Sumas and Vedder mountains, midway between the present-day cities of Chilliwack and Abbotsford, British Columbia. Its name means "a big level opening" and is a reference to the site of the lake, which lay between Sumas Mountain and its American counterpart, Sumas Mountain, Washington, part of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The lake extended into Whatcom County, Washington, necessitating a railway trestle of the British Columbia Electric Railway across it from Huntingdon to the foot of Vedder Mountain remains today as a dyke.

Originally, the lake occupied 40 km² (15 mi²) and swelled to 120 km² (47 mi²) during flooding. The lake was drained in order to create more farmland in the fertile region of the Fraser Valley and also to reduce mosquito infestations in the region. The flow from the Vedder (Chilliwack) River was redirected into the Vedder Canal in 1924 under a plan developed by engineer Fred Sinclair, effectively draining the lake. [ [ Chilliwack Museum and Archives ] ] Another drainage channel, the Sumas Lake Canal, runs along what is now Sumas Prairie's northwest side at the foot of Sumas Mountain.

ee also

*Sumas (disambiguation)
*Sumas River


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