Surrey: Nicomekl River is a boater’s delight

Boats settle in for the evening on Surrey’s Nicomekl River (McAllister / Amateur Photography Entry)Boats settle in for the evening on Surrey’s Nicomekl River (McAllister / Amateur Photography Entry)
The Nicomekl River at Sunset. (Black Press Media file photo)The Nicomekl River at Sunset. (Black Press Media file photo)
West-facing view of Nicomekl River towards where its mouth meets Mud Bay in Surrey. (Black Press Media file photo)West-facing view of Nicomekl River towards where its mouth meets Mud Bay in Surrey. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rowers compete at the 2016 Head of the Nicomekl Regatta. (Black Press Media file photo)Rowers compete at the 2016 Head of the Nicomekl Regatta. (Black Press Media file photo)

A boater’s and recreational rower’s delight with rich history, Surrey’s Nicomekl River springs from the land in Langley, B.C. and runs 34 kilometres to Mud Bay by Crescent Beach.

It was a vital transportation route, both for the original First Nations people in the area and, later, settlers in the area. Surrey banned commercial traffic on the river in 1911, as dams were built to reclaim farmland.

The word Nicomekl means “the route to go” or “the pathway” in Halq’emeylem, the language used by the Sto:lo people.

Today, both the cities of Langley and Surrey are working on a parks plan for this waterway, which is heavily used by recreational boaters.

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