All My Relations – Confluence

The confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers near Hope, BC.

There’s a distinct feeling of resolution at the confluence of two large rivers. It’s like watching a pair of old friends who have travelled thousands of kilometres finally meeting to share the stories of their recent journeys. Confluence – to flow together.

This spot near Hope, British Columbia, at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers, has, over the years, become one of my favourite nature photo gems. Here the two rivers meet, mix, laugh and giggle and become one as they continue toward the Pacific Ocean.

Compared to the 1,375 km long mighty Fraser, the 53 km long Coquihalla might appear tiny. But lengths, like looks, can deceive. In funnelling the mountain melt water from the two-kilometre-high Needle Peak, the Great Bear Snow Shed, Markhor Peak, Nak Peak and Iago Peak, the Coquihalla River, especially during the late spring, can create some ferocious stories. Tall and frothy tales to tell its cousin. The Fraser River.

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