“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Surrey in Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific

Historic McMillan Expediton

Part of Surrey’s Heritage

Histoic McMillan Expediton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 30, 2012
1. Histoic McMillan Expediton Marker
A Trading Post on the Fraser
In 1824, James McMillan of the Hudson’s Bay Company and a party of forty-seven passed this shore on an exploratory trip from Fort George (Astoria) at the mouth of the Columbia River to the Fraser River. They were sent to find a suitable site for a new fur trading depot.

The expedition left Fort George on November 18, 1824 with three boats, travelled across the Puget Sound, continued up the coast, and entered this bay on December 12, 1824. After making their way up the Nicomekl River, the men portaged across to the Salmon River and followed it down the Fraser River.

Fort Langley, built in 1827, was the first permanent European post on what is today the coast of British Columbia.

Expedition Journal Excerpt
Monday, December 13, 1824 “... proceeded to the entrance of a small river up which they continued about 7 or 8 miles, in a very winding course ... immense flocks of plover were observed flying about the sand ... The navigation of the little river is very bad, after getting a short distance up it was often barred up with driftwood which impeded our progress, the Indians cut roads through it for their canoes yet they were too narrow for our boats. ... In the river nothing but thick willows are seen for some distance from the water, where
Histoic McMillan Expediton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 30, 2012
2. Histoic McMillan Expediton Marker
Point Roberts in the distance.
the banks though low are well wooded with pine, cedar, alder, and some other trees. There are the appearance of beaver being pretty numerous in this river. Where we are now encamped is a pretty little plain.”

Journal of John Work, McMillan Expedition, quoted by T.C. Elliott in The Washington Historical Quarterly, Vol. III, p. 217
Erected by Surrey Heritage Advisory Commission.
Location. 49° 3.402′ N, 122° 53.228′ W. Marker is in Surrey, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Marker is on Sullivan Street. Touch for map. This marker is located in Crescent Beach Park at the end of Sullivan Street. Marker is in this post office area: Surrey, British Columbia V4A 3B2, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Farming History (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); Historic Stewart Farmhouse (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); Historic Elgin (approx. 4.5 kilometers away); Historic Port Elgin (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); The Semiahmoo Trail (approx. 4.7 kilometers away); Peace Arch (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); Point Roberts Boundary Marker (approx. 14.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); The New Westminster Court House and Land Registry Office (approx. 16.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Surrey.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on December 1, 2012. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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