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Fraser Lake, British Columbia (Canada)

Bulkley-Nechako Regional District

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In the spring of 2006 the Village of Fraser Lake sponsored a contest for the design of a new flag for the municipality. People were asked to submit designs that were easily identifiable as Fraser Lake and incorporated the words Village of Fraser Lake. [] One submission by Ron Chmelyk, the art teacher at FLESS [Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary School], caught the eye of the judges and was chosen as the winning entry.

Chmelyk was presented with a $100 gift certificate at the Mouse Mountain/Canada Day Celebration on July 1 and arrangements were made to have the actual flags made. Council is very pleased with the final results and at the Sept. 13 meeting, Mr. Chmelyk was thanked for his contribution and presented with a flag by the Fraser Lake council. At the same meeting, council decided to sponsor the art class at FLESS to come up with new banners to be flown over the streets. The last set of banners were created about two years ago.

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Source: Vanderhoof Omineca Express, 20 September 2006

The Village of Fraser Lake it is nestled in the heart of some of British Columbia's most beautiful scenery. An abundance of big game, migratory birds and world class fly-fishing, spin casting and canoeing, make Fraser Lake a fabulous outdoor recreation community. The area can boast of 170 lakes within a 50 mile radius and is the temporary home to over 1000 Trumpeter Swans, making it the Swan Capital of the world. Hiking trails begin right at the Village's doorstep atop Mouse Mountain which resembles - what else - a large mouse. The extinct volcanic activity at Red Rock, Cheslatta Falls 59 km (37 miles) south and the pictographs along Fraser Lake are only a few of the area's fabulous sights.

From its humble beginnings in the early 1900's, Fraser Lake Sawmill (owned and operated by West Fraser Timber Company Ltd.) has evolved into one of the world's most modern sawmills. Endako Molybdenum Mines was at one time the second largest molybdenum mine in the world. Endako Mine and Fraser Lake Sawmill employee the majority of Fraser Lake residents.

Source: Fraser Lake website
Ivan Sache, 22 September 2006

From Fraser Lake Culture/History:

The pioneer roots of the area's history date back to the fur trade, with the establishment in 1806 of a fur-trading post by Simon Fraser, at Fort Fraser near the east end of Fraser Lake. The modern day town was established in 1914, during the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway, and was incorporated as a village in 1966.

The east end of Fraser Lake is recorded as the site of the first cultivated land in British Columbia, while Fort Fraser is the site of the last spike of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, now the Winnipeg-Prince Rupert line of Canadian National (CN).

Phil Nelson, 15 October 2006