Fraser Lake has been a key site for forestry in B.C. since the early 1900’s and this year celebrated its 100th anniversary.
In 1919 Dan Webster, along with partners Bert Black and Meryl Hartman, planted the seed for what would eventually become Fraser Lake Sawmill. The business pulled through the Great Depression, two world wars, and multiple owners.
In 1977, West Fraser took over Fraser Lake and Fort Fraser Sawmills, moving it all into one modern-day mill at Lejac. This summer the sawmill marks not only its 100th anniversary but also 40 years since the “new” mill opened. Today, the mill has grown to about 300 employees, producing finished wood for local and international clients.
A long weekend in July was dedicated to the celebrations, including a community BBQ where 1,000 burgers were served. People could chow down while exploring old and new sawmill artifacts and photo albums from over the years.
Fraser Lake has further been affected by extreme forest fires over the last few years. The local sawmill hosted a community bus tour through the region to see the impacted areas, as well as the recent tree growth. Some event attendees took part in a hike up Felix Mountain, which was affected by wildfire, to plant seedlings in burnt areas.
Fraser Lake mill and employees – congratulations on 100 years of history!