Hope - Fraser River Valley

 

Outdoor Adventure

Hope, just a 1 1/2 to 2 hour drive east from Vancouver located on the mighty Fraser River and ringed by the snowcapped Cascade Mountains, at the junctions of Hwys. 1,3,5 and 7. 

The area is great for hiking, biking, boating, golfing or mountain biking. The producers of the hit movie First Blood used the town as the location for the film.

Visit the Hope Museum for a history of Simon Fraser and the history of Hope - once a fur trade and gold rush town. View the giant wooden sculptures carved with a chainsaw by local carver Peter Ryan.

Heading east you have three routes to choose from. Highway 3 to the South takes you through the awesome Hope Land Slide which in 1965 tumbled into the valley taking 1/2 half of the mountain. Highway 1 to the North is the Trans Canada, the longest highway in the world, passing through the Fraser Canyon. Highway 5, the Coquihalla route, is the newest super highway that cuts the travel time by 1 - 2 hours heading northeast and joining Highway 1 just west of Kamloops. There is a toll booth halfway along the route.

The Mighty Fraser Country’s boundaries extend over a network of Fraser Valley farming communities, pioneer and native-Indian heritage sites. In 1808, fur trader Simon Fraser became the first European to follow a wild river south that would one day bear his name. His journey down the Fraser River took him through Mighty Fraser Country. Guided by Salish natives, his expedition paddled giant birch-bark canoes through boiling rapids to reach Lytton. His expedition portaged past Hell’s Gate on his way to the Pacific Ocean.

 

BC Dept of Highways Road Reports