Overlander Falls

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Overlander Falls
Overlander Falls.JPG
Rapids on Fraser River below Overlander Falls
Location Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates 53°02′00″N 119°12′00″W / 53.03333°N 119.20000°W / 53.03333; -119.20000Coordinates: 53°02′00″N 119°12′00″W / 53.03333°N 119.20000°W / 53.03333; -119.20000
Type Block
Total height 30 feet (9.1 m)
Total width 100 feet (30 m)
Watercourse Fraser River

Overlander Falls is a waterfall on the Fraser River in Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. It is popular for kayakers. The falls are reached by a short walking trail which starts on the Yellowhead Highway 2 km (1.2 mi) east of the Mount Robson visitor centre. [1][2]

The waterfall is named for the Overlanders expedition of 1862. About 70 men and women from Fort Garry (now Winnipeg) travelled across the prairies and through the Rocky Mountains, intending to reach the Barkerville or Cariboo goldfields. Just west of Overlander Falls, the group split. About half continued down the Fraser River, eventually reaching Barkerville in late fall of 1862, but over a year had elapsed since Billy Barker's gold strike and there were no claims left to stake. The other half abandoned their dreams of gold and rafted down the North Thompson River to Fort Kamloops. [3]

Overlander Falls

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  1. ^ "Overlander Falls". BC Geographical Names. 
  2. ^ Overlander Falls | Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest
  3. ^ Metcalf, Vicky (1970). Journey Fantastic: With the Overlanders to the Cariboo