Deroche is a very small community located on the north side of the
Fraser River about 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Mission
and 29 km (18 miles) west of Kent
on the Lougheed Hwy.
Deroche is named after Joseph Deroche who arrived and first settled
here in the early 1880's. Joseph Deroche had come to British Columbia
from California in 1860 and eventually died at age of 99 on March
19th, 1922. The Deroche Post Office was officially opened on October
Deroche is situated across a bridge on the north side of Nicomen
Slough, a product of the Fraser River. Towards the southside across
Nicomen Slough and the Fraser River, you can view Chilliwack Mountain
and, in the background, the rural section of Chilliwack.
Deroche has some great freshwater fishing especially along the Deroche
Bar on the Fraser River. The type of fish found here at various
times include: Coho salmon, Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden and Steelhead
trout. To get here you take Athey Road, which is at the south side
of Nicomen Slough, to the end of Tremblay Island Road.
Long a favourite of the local hang-gliders and soaring clubs, is
Deroche Mountain. You can reach the mountain by taking Lougheed
Hwy (Hwy 7) towards Dewdney village and follow Hawkins Pickle Road
going to the East.
An interesting thing has been reported a few times around the Deroche
area is that of a Sasquatch encounter. A Sasquatch or sometimes
referred to as 'Bigfoot' is a mythical creature that lives in the
mountain forests of the Pacific Northwest. Although a Sasquatch
has never actually been caught, there is still some folklore throughout
these parts of BC.
The local First Nations traditionally around Deroche are the Lakahahmen
Indian Band or now referred to as Leq'á:mel First Nation
(LFN). Leq'á:mel is a member of the larger Stó:lo
Nation and has a number of settlements for both residential and
agriculture use. Please respect the Leq'á:mel First Nations
lands when hiking or walking in the area.