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Kanaka Creek
South Kanaka Creek Falls, Websters Corners, British Columbia (HS85-10-30630).jpg
South Kanaka Creek Falls, near Websters Corners, 1915
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Physical characteristics
Main source Coast Mountains
920 m (3,020 ft)
49°16′47″N 122°25′46″W / 49.27972°N 122.42944°W / 49.27972; -122.42944
River mouth Fraser River
Maple Ridge, Metro Vancouver
6 m (20 ft)
49°12′2″N 122°35′9″W / 49.20056°N 122.58583°W / 49.20056; -122.58583
Basin features
Basin size 47.7 km2 (18.4 sq mi)

Kanaka Creek is a tributary of the Fraser River, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It flows through Maple Ridge, a district municipality at the eastern edge of Metro Vancouver.

The creek's name is reflected in the name of the local community of Kanaka Creek. Creek and community both were named for a settlement of Kanakas (Hawaiian natives) in the employ of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), known as Kanakas. The HBC trading post of Fort Langley was located just across the Fraser River from Kanaka Creek. Originally Fort Langley was a few kilometres downriver, at what is now Derby. The mouth of Kanaka Creek is between the old and new sites of Fort Langley.


Kanaka Creek originates near Blue Mountain, between Alouette Lake and Stave Lake. It flows south, then west to the Fraser River, which it joins between Haney and Albion. The lower half of the creek is within Kanaka Creek Regional Park.

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