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Embrace the journey 6 Hope’s place in history 7 First Nations roots 13 Downtown Hope map 20 Event highlights 34 District of Hope map 42 Fraser Canyon map 63 Accommodation and restaurant directory

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Rider’s paradise Rambo site tour Exploring nature Fishing hot spot Whitewater rafting Aerial view

attractions & events 22 Parks and gardens 23 Othello Tunnels 24 Skagit Valley 26 Spawning salmon 27 Swimming holes 28 Tee off 29 Gold panning 30 Recreation park 32 Family fun and fitness 33 Hope Mountain Market 36 Filming backdrop 37 Christ Church 38 Arts scene 39 Wood carvings 40 Brigade Days

amazing day trips 43 44 46 50 51 52 54 56 57 58 60 61 62

Sunshine Valley Hope Slide Manning Park Emory Creek Historic Yale Hell’s Gate Fraser Canyon Gold Rush Boston Bar and North Bend Nahatlatch Valley Bridal Falls and Popkum Harrison Hot Springs Agassiz and Harrison Mills

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Embrace the journey

THE DISTRICT OF HOPE

325 Wallace Street, Hope, BC 604-869-5671 or 866-226-4673 info@hope.ca | www.hope.ca


On behalf of the District of Hope, I am very pleased to welcome you into our community. We are excited that you are joining us in our beautiful hometown and hope that your stay is a pleasant one. Although the natural beauty of our region is stunning, I feel the real beauty of this community is the quality and the friendliness of the people in it. The District of Hope and surrounding area has an almost unparalleled diversity of year-round recreational activities available at our fingertips. I hope that you are able to take the time to enjoy at least a few of these opportunities while you are joining us! I wish to issue a cautionary note, however, the Hope lifestyle is addicting. The people, the surroundings, the opportunities for families and singles, combine to make our community irresistible to many. If you decide that a day or two is not enough then feel free to investigate a more permanent visit. For those of you who have a business focus, we are always very interested in new and innovative businesses and will roll out the red carpet to make you feel at home in our community. Hope to see you soon!

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HOPE’S PLACE IN HISTORY F

or thousands of years, the Sto:lo village of Ts’qols and, later, the town of Hope have played an integral role in the history of British Columbia. Our place at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers and at the edge of the Fraser Canyon makes Hope a natural stopping point along the journey for anyone travelling between the Interior and the coast. In 1848, the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) needed to find a route between For t Langley and Fort Kamloops that would bypass the Fraser Canyon. In 1846, an Upper Similkameen chief named “Blackeye” had described a route to A.C. Anderson (an HBC employee) that was originally a First Nations trail used for east-west trade and hunting. Sto:lo and Nlaka’pamux guides helped locate the route from Ts’qols. The village site and trail represented the HBC’s best “hope” of replacing fur trade routes lost to the Americans after the establishment of the 49th parallel without travelling through the Canyon. As such, the HBC established Fort Hope in 1848 and the HBC Trail was opened a year later. Hope’s natural beauty and pristine wilderness continues to evoke a sense of hope in visitors and residents as they dwell in the shadow of giants and walk in the footsteps of B.C.’s diverse history.

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housands of years of Sto:lo and Nlaka’pamux life, work, and play are written into the rivers and mountains of Hope and the surrounding area. Prior to European settlement, the thriving Sto:lo village of Ts’qo:ls existed on the current townsite. The Fraser River is called ‘Sto:lo’ by the people who share its name. It has always been their greatest source of food and the five species of Pacific salmon that travel upstream throughout the year are a foundation of traditional Sto:lo culture. The abundant and reliable salmon resource allowed the Sto:lo to live in permanent settlements and nourished the development of elaborate social systems, art, and technology. Salmon bones dating back 6,000 years have been found near Ts’qo:ls. Another valuable resource in the region was the cedar tree, which was used in all aspects of First Nations life. Along the Tikwalus Heritage Trail – north of Hope in the heart of Nlaka’pamux territory – hikers can see evidence of cedar gathering on the culturally modified trees. Knowledge of the existence of trails such as Tikwalus helped to ensure political power for the first peoples who lived along the Fraser River. By 1848, HBC forts such as Hope and Yale gave the First Nations access to a wider variety of trade goods, such as steel tools, cooking pots, and guns. The 1858 gold rush changed Sto:lo and Nlaka’pamux life forever as 30,000 miners flooded their territory. FIRST NATIONS DANCER

By 1864, large reserves were set aside for the Sto:lo, but these were cut by 92 per cent in 1867, leaving less than 10 acres per family.

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RIDER’S PARADISE Rambo site tour EXPLORING NATURE Fishing HOT SPOT WHITEWATER RAFTING AERIAL VIEW

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FRASER RIVER FISHING Photo by: AdvantageHOPE


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egardless of the bike you have or your experience, Hope has a place for all visitors to ride.

For cross-country cyclists, Hope is a popular destination to stop for the night as it offers some respite before the mountains to the Interior. For local and single-day riders, the steep hills outside of town offer some of the most challenging (and rewarding) riding in the area.

challenge for those who enjoy the climb as much as the descent. Cyclists encounter a six per cent grade as soon as they reach the highway and do not stop climbing until they reach the Hope Slide rest area. This portion of Highway 3 offers relatively wide shoulders.

Our mountain bike community has been growing over the last five years and new trails are being built all the time. With the addition of the Bike Skills Park (behind the recreation centre), riders are now able to work on their skills before undertaking some of the more challenging trails in the mountains around town.

Airport Distance: 10 km (one way) Beginner/low-intermediate Cyclists can either leave from downtown for a longer ride that includes Richmond Hill (Flood-Hope Road) or can drive to the airport and enjoy a three kilometre loop with no hills or traffic. The 20 km loop from downtown is an easy introduction to roadriding that offers spectacular views of gliders around the airport.

Families, beginners, and those looking for a restful day on the bike will also find a variety of rides to do in and around Hope. Below you will find some of the local favourites for all types of riders and experience level. For more information on trails and maps of the area, visit the Hope Visitor Centre. Note that all routes are multiuser and cyclists must adhere to the rules of the road.

Town Bike Route Distance: 7 km Beginner The marked bike path around town leads riders of any experience past Memorial Park, Christ Church, the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers, and the Hope Recreation Complex.

ROAD Hope Slide Distance: 18 km (one way) Advanced The ride to the Hope Slide is a great training ride for anyone endeavouring to do long-distance riding as well as an enjoyable

LIGHT TRAILS Kettle Valley Railway: Hope-Othello Distance: 8 km (roundtrip) Beginner This portion of the Kettle Valley Railway offers beginner trail riders an easy introduction to the KVR.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

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This abandoned railway bed is now used for biking and hiking, and entrances to the trail can be accessed at various points along the route. More adventurous cyclists may want to under take the multi-day journey from Hope to Midway along the old railbed, but day riders will enjoy the nearly flat, doublewide trail that passes through the Othello Tunnels. Rotary Nature Trails Distance: 2 km (roundtrip) Beginner With a few more twists and turns than the Kettle Valley Railway, the Rotary Nature Trails is a fun place to ride with kids and anyone who is new to trail riding. The trail follows the Coquihalla River, so it is a good place to see salmon spawning. It also connects to the Town Bike Route. Thacker Regional Park Distance: 1 km (roundtrip) Beginner Thacker Regional Park is an old stretch of rail-bed, so it is flat and suitable for families. The trail follows the marsh and is a good place to see a variety of wildlife. Riders can connect with the Kettle Valley Railway at the end of the Thacker Regional Park to make a longer ride. MOUNTAIN BIKING Hope Bike Skills Park Beginner-advanced

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The skills park is the newest addition to the mountain biking scene in Hope. Brand new for 2015, the park allows riders of all skill levels to practice their skills for the more advanced trails in the mountains. Elements include pump tracks, a wall ride, and dir t jumps. For more information on the skills park, see page 30. Mt. Hope Lookout Distance: 3 km (roundtrip) Advanced The mountain bike trails on Mount Hope star t just below the hikers’ trail-head and at points crosses the hiking trail. The advanced trail has some man-made features and follows the Joan Greenwood Loop. HBC 1848 Heritage Trail Distance: 12 km (return) Intermediate The HBC Trail from Peers Creek is open to mountain bikers to the first campground (below Manson’s Ridge). The trail is mostly double-track. There is a shor t stretch of rock-slide near the beginning of the trail (25 m) that riders may have to hike past. BMX Hope Skateboard Park The skateboard park continues to be a popular spot for BMXers. Located behind the Hope recreation centre, it is close to the new Bike Skills Park. An expansion is being planned for the park, so veteran riders will have new features in the coming years. Hope Visitor Guide 2015

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ver 30 years ago, Hollywood came north and transformed Hope into a small American town. The popular Rambo franchise continues to draw First Blood fans to town for a chance to visit some of the key filming locations, which are mapped out on page 13. 1. Sheriff Teasle picks up Rambo on Water Avenue, near Gardner GM. 2. Trying to escape from police, Rambo – on a stolen motorcycle – flies over the train tracks at Third Avenue. 3. With the police in hot pursuit, Rambo rides along Hudson Bay Street, passing Hope’s H-tree at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Hudson Bay Street. 4. The sheriff ’s office was located in front of District Hall, at the corner of Wallace Street and Third Avenue. It has since been moved (see #8). 5. The current location of Treehouse Health Foods was temporarily renamed Mountain State Savings. Across Third Avenue from the bank, a Coke billboard was placed on the building’s roof to provide a hiding place for the crew’s cameras. 6. Rambo rode his stolen motorcycle down the sidewalk in front of businesses on the north side of Wallace Street, between Fraser and Third avenues.

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7. The Outpost gun shop was built in the intersection of Commission Street and Third Avenue. It was destroyed during filming. 8. The new location of the sheriff’s office. It now serves as the Canyon Golden Age Society’s clubhouse at 560 Douglas St. 9. Intersection near Highway 1 Exit 170.This is where Rambo was greeted by Hope’s original “Welcome to Hope’’ archway as he came into town. Remnants of the archway can still be seen at the Hope Station House and Coquihalla Campground. 10. Location of the gas station that Rambo blew up as a diversion.The station was built specifically to be destroyed. 11. Site of the bridge to Portland where the sheriff drops off the drifter. The original bridge was taken down in 2011 and a kiosk now stands at the picnic area paying homage to the movie which made the site famous. 12. Othello Tunnels – known as Chapman Gorge in the movie. Here the police officer falls out of the helicopter and is killed. See where Rambo clung for his life as he hung precariously on the rock walls of the gorge, high above the waters of the Coquihalla River. Col.Trautman also located his base camp near here while tracking down the Green Beret specialist. 13. When evading capture on a stolen motorcycle, Rambo passes through the Chevron parking lot.The distinctive roofline of what is now Hope Pizza Place can be seen in the background of the scene. 14. In the movie, Hope Station House was still at the corner of Hudson Bay Street and Fifth Avenue (see #3).

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FLOOD FALLS

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EXPLORING NATURE H

ope and the surrounding area has hundreds of kilometres of trails that will lead hikers from easy strolls along the riverbank to challenging adventures to the tops of mountains. There is something for every experience level in the trails around Hope. The majority of the trail network is maintained by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning volunteers. The mountains around Hope are home to a population of bears, so hikers should remember to make noise along the trail to avoid spooking any wild animals. For those unfamiliar with hiking in bear country, there are pamphlets available at the Hope Visitor Centre.

INTERMEDIATE Mount Hope Lookout Distance: 4 km (roundtrip) Time: 2.5 – 3 hours Mount Hope Lookout (or ‘The Hope Hustle’) is Hope’s answer to the Grouse Grind in Nor th Vancouver. Locals spend all summer training on the trail in an attempt to beat the last ‘King of the Mountain’ who made the climb in 22 minutes (one way). The trail offers spectacular views of Hope from two viewpoints and ends at the highest viewpoint, which includes benches and interpretive signs.

Here are some local favourites for all experience levels. A more comprehensive list of hikes and directions can be found in the Trails of Hope brochure as well as the Manning Provincial Park and Skagit Valley Provincial Park trail maps, which are all available at the Hope Visitor Centre.

Hope-Nicola Valley Distance: 8 km (loop through the Othello Tunnels) Time: 2.5 hours The Hope-Nicola Valley Trail allows hikers to make a loop of the Othello Tunnels. Re-routed in the fall of 2014, the newly opened trails offer views of the Coquihalla Canyon.

BEGINNER Rotary Nature Trails Distance: 2 km (roundtrip) Time: 40 mins This trail is extremely popular for families, runners, dogwalkers, and people wanting to see salmon spawning. The easy trail meanders along the Coquihalla River and begins/ ends at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers.

Spirit Caves Distance: 5 km (roundtrip) Time: 3.5 hours A local favourite for years, Hope Mountain Centre volunteers cleared the Spirit Caves trail in late 2014 to make it more user-friendly. From the top, hikers have one of the best views of the lower Fraser Canyon. Note that the caves themselves are not suitable for spelunking.

Flood Falls Distance: 1.5 km (roundtrip) Time: 30 mins Flood Falls are the most spectacular in the spring when the water level is at the highest. In the early summer, those seeking respite from the heat can sit under the diminished falls to cool off after the easy 15 minute hike up.

Tikwalus Distance: 12 km (roundtrip) Time: 6 hours This Nlaka’pamux trail star ts just past Alexandra Bridge and is an excellent introduction to the history of the Nlaka’pamux people and the region. Interpretive signage tells the story of the trail from its early days as a First Nations hunting

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and trading route through Hudson’s Bay Company use and into present-day as a recreation trail. There is a campground at the top for hikers who want to spend the night, though it is easily accomplished in one day. ADVANCED Mt. Outram Distance: 16 km (roundtrip) Time: 9 hours Mt. Outram is a beautiful hike on the western edge of Manning Provincial Park (only a 20 minute drive from downtown Hope). The trail is well-maintained and cuts steeply up to a stunning wildflower meadow and amazing views of the Cascade mountains. The Needle / Flatiron Distance: 13 km (roundtrip) Time: 6-8 hours Needle Peak and Flatiron are classic hikes in the Coquihalla Recreation Area that offer amazing views of Yak, Vicuna, and Guanaco Peaks. For hikers not wanting to under take the scramble to the impressive summit of Needle Peak, hikers can veer right past a lake and up to Flatiron – which has impressive views itself. HBC Sowaqua Distance: Camp du Chevreuil (4 km); Manson’s Ridge (10 km) Time: Camp due Chevreuil (~3 hours); Manson’s Ridge (~7 hours). In 2015, the 75 km HBC (1849) Heritage Trail will be completed and hikers will be able to travel from Hope to Tulameen along the historic trail. The Sowaqua Creek section is one of three shor ter sections that are easily accessible from Hope. Hikers can access Camp du Chevreuil and Manson’s Ridge from the Sowaqua Creek trailhead (exit 192 on Coquihalla Highway – trailhead is 20 km up Sowaqua FSR).

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Geocaching Hope and the surrounding area is home to thousands of geocaches that are just waiting to be found. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that travellers from around the world participate in by hiding (and finding) caches with the use of a GPS-enabled phone or device. There are currently over a dozen different cache-types, but the most common – the ‘traditional cache’ – is typically a waterproof container that is hidden somewhere outside.They usually include a log book and sometimes have trinkets that cachers can trade for one of their own. The geocache community (over six million registered worldwide) supports a movement called ‘Cache in Trash Out’ that encourages geocachers to clean up garbage along the trails and areas where caches are hidden.

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FRASER RIVER

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Fishing hot spot

he Fraser River salmon runs draw hundreds of fishermen from all over the Lower Mainland. Sockeye salmon run throughout the summer, spring salmon run from May to December, and pink salmon run in the fall.

fish in the world. These prehistoric fish can be caught throughout the year, but the best months are April to October.

Some public access points in Hope include Wardle Street and the west side of Highway 1, at the north end of the Fraser Bridge. Another major public access point is F.H. Barber Provincial Park west of Hope, which is located off Highway 1 exit 153 (Laidlaw/Jones Lake).

Kawkawa Lake is home to one of the most unique fisheries in the Upper Fraser Valley with more than 10 different species. Lake of the Woods is stocked annually with rainbow trout. Jones, Ross and Silver lakes are also popular spots for wilderness camping and fishing. For the fly fisher, the Skagit River is considered by some to be the best dry fly stream in the province. Silver Creek is steelhead and rainbow trout heaven and the Coquihalla River offers steelhead and dolly varden.

The Fraser River is also known for its sturgeon fishing with many guides operating fishing excursions in the region. Anglers travel from around the world for an opportunity to battle the largest freshwater

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t the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers and within easy driving distance of the Thompson, Nahatlatch, and Chilliwack rivers, Hope is a haven for rafting enthusiasts and provides an excellent base camp for single or multi-day rafting trips. Depending on snow pack and river levels, rafting in the Hope area starts in May/June on the Coquihalla and Nahatlatch rivers. They typically only run until July 1, so there’s a limited time to paddle some of B.C.’s wildest rivers.

FRASER RIVER

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For those wanting a chance to paddle through history, power trips down the Mighty Fraser River run all summer. The Fraser is a Canadian Heritage River and one of the longest (1,375 km) in Canada. It was an integral part of First Nations culture, brigade history, and the colonization of British Columbia. The best time to run the Fraser is late July to early September. Family-run rafting companies with experienced guides are here to help visitors of all skill and comfort levels find a suitable trip.

If you miss the early season rapids, many rafting companies in the area run the Fraser and Thompson rivers all summer.

Experienced white-water kayakers will find adventure on the Coquihalla River, Skagit River, and Silver Creek.

Thrill seekers can do paddle or power trips down the Thompson, and rafters can enjoy a relaxing swim between the rollercoaster-sized waves that make the Thompson trip an unbeatable adventure.

Action-packed whitewater rafting adventures are also offered year-round on the Chilliwack River. Fun for all is guaranteed with rapids like Gun Barrel, Carousel, Double Whammy, Godzilla, Surprise and Pinball.

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icture an airplane soaring for six or even seven hours without an engine. That’s the thrill behind glider flying for more than 40 pilots who make FVRD Regional Airpark their home base. Hope offers some of the best conditions for gliding in the province. When westerly winds from the Fraser Valley hit the local mountains they create strong upward columns of air that can keep gliders in flight for hours. From April to October, visitors can catch a glimpse of the gliders soaring by the mountains over town. The Vancouver Soaring Association, which is based out of FVRD Regional Airpark, owns two tow planes and six gliders. The company also offers weekday and weekend training programs. Fly Gravity Sports provides tandem hang gliding in Hope. Adventure seekers are towed into the sky using the 1,219 m (4,000 ft.) runway at FVRD Regional Airpark before the tow-cable (kite-string) is released and the glider is free to soar the skies. Within two minutes, hang gliders will climb to altitudes above 610 m (2,000 ft.) and soar by the scenic mountain ridges that surround Mount Hope. Valley Helicopters also offers a unique perspective of the area. Take the scenic mountain tour and enjoy views of Mount Ogilvie and the Upper Fraser Valley. Other packages include heli-fishing and a drop-off tour of Mount Hope where you enjoy the quiet beauty and serenity of the Fraser Valley from your own private alpine meadow.

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attractions & events

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YALE STRAWBERRY SOCIAL Photo by: Shanon Fischer

event highlights Boston Bar May Days May 23 
 The 88th anniversary of the Boston Bar May Day festival takes place in Memorial Park in Boston Bar.The event includes a parade, traditional pole dance, May Queen crowning, community awards, kids games and evening entertainment featuring Bob Seger and John Fogerty tribute artists. Yale Strawberry Social
 June 7 
The annual Yale Strawberry Social at Yale Historic Site features oldfashioned games, a bake sale, gold panning, musical entertainment, raffle prizes, strawberry shortcake, and living history demonstrations. National Aboriginal Day
 June 21 
 Celebrate National Aboriginal Day in Hope Memorial Park.The festival features dancing, carving, music, displays, kids activities and vendors. 20   Hope Visitor Guide 2015

Canada Day
 July 1 
 The annual Canada Day Classic Car Show in Memorial Park, organized by Hope Motorspor ts Group, attracts hundreds of cars and trucks from all over B.C. and Washington state. The Hope recreation centre will have fireworks, enter tainment and kids activities. The Hope River General Store at Emory Creek also celebrates Canada Day with their annual complimentary salmon barbecue. Summer Smash 
 July 25-26
 The 10th annual Summer Smash hosted by Hope Motorspor ts Group takes place at the Hope Spor ts Bowl. There will be 4x4 and mini-stock races, as well as car and truck demolition derbies. Chainsaw Carving Competition August 13-16 The Chainsaw Carving Competition in Hope draws worldclass carvers from around the world. The event takes place in Memorial Park and gives visitors a chance to watch massive blocks of cedar transformed into works of ar t in a single weekend. There are will also be speed carving competitions, as well as live music on Saturday night (August 15).

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TORCHLIGHT PARADE

Photo by: Chris Barker

Fraser River Gold Panning Championships August 20-23 Yukon Dan hosts the annual Fraser River Gold Panning Championships at Anderson Creek Campground in Boston Bar. Participants from around the world compete in several different events to see who can recover a predetermined amount of gold flakes from a bucket of pay dirt the fastest. There will be also be free gold panning along the Fraser River in Yale August 21-22. Hope Brigade Days 
 September 12-13 The 47th annual end of summer party takes place in Sixth Avenue Park. The motorsports events are a big draw for the weekend, with competitors taking part in mini-stock races, 4X4 races, and demolition derbies. There will also be a big rig truck show, live music, fireworks, parade, beer garden and softball tournament. BC Rivers Day September 27 The Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning will lead a paddling trip down the Fraser River from Hope to the Agassiz Bridge. The event provides an opportunity to learn about the “gravel reach,” which is the section between Hope and Mission containing the best spawning habitat for pink and chum salmon, as well as sturgeon and other key species.

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Hell’s Gate Pumpkin Drop October 12
 Hell’s Gate Air tram celebrates its end of season with the eighth annual Pumpkin Drop. Drop your pumpkin from 500 feet, hit the target and win your chance to spin the big prize wheel. Anyone who brings a carved pumpkin rides the tram for free. Winter Carnival
 December 5
 The four th annual Winter Carnival in Hope Memorial Park will feature games, a craft market, music, and hay rides with Santa. There will also be an old timers 55+ hockey tournament running December 5-6. Torchlight Parade December 24 Witness the spectacle of the Torchlight Parade in Manning Park. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve as skiiers and snowboarders with lit torches and flares lead Santa down the Blue Chair hill. Visit with Santa after the parade and enjoy free hot chocolate, mulled wine, and carol singing. * Dates and events are subject to change. Check with the Hope Visitor Centre (604-869-2021) for updated information.   Hope Visitor Guide 2015

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JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN Photo by: AdvantageHOPE

Memorial Park Memorial Park in downtown Hope features some of Hope’s original and most iconic chainsaw carvings. It is a vibrant, multi-user park that forms the hub of Hope’s downtown core. The park has a performance shelter, paved lit walkways, picnic areas, playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, street hockey courts, and restrooms. Japanese Friendship Garden Built in the summer of 1991, this garden next to the playground in Memorial Park is dedicated to all of the Japanese-Canadians who were sent to internment camps during the Second World War. From 1942-1946, 2,300 Japanese-Canadians were interned at Tashme, what is now Sunshine Valley. The oriental-style garden is a place to find

peace and tranquility below the Japanese cherry blossom tree or by the waterfall filled pond. Centennial Park Centennial Park – along Water Avenue/Highway 1 – offers travellers one of the most easily accessible and best views of the Fraser River anywhere in the province. The park is located at the foot of Wallace Street. There you can enjoy a relaxing break, learn a little history, or watch the sun set over the river from the viewing deck, constructed by the Hope Rotary Club. An archaeological dig at Welqamex (Greenwood) Island – directly across from Centennial Park – in recent years has revealed evidence of a large Sto:lo village with many pit houses. The island is also home to blue heron nesting sites.

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esigned by engineer Andrew McCulloch, the five tunnels were built through solid granite cliffs between 1911 and 1916 to complete the Kettle Valley Railway. Constant washouts, snow, and rockslides plagued the railway, causing the route to close in 1959.

Park Open:Year-round Tunnels Open: April - October (weather dependent) Features: Othello Tunnels, Hope-Nicola Valley Trail

As a result of rock falls within the tunnels over the winter months, B.C. Parks closes the tunnels seasonally. The parking lot and Hope-Nicola Valley Trail remain open throughout the year. While visitors cannot go through the tunnels in the winter, the short walk from the parking lot to the mouth of the first tunnel is well worth it for those who have never seen it. In the summer, visitors can walk the length of the tunnels and return the way they came or loop back over the Hope-Nicola Valley Trail. Flashlights are recommended for cyclists and those who are scared of the dark or have mobility issues. The ground is uneven in the tunnels due to erosion caused by dripping water and some of the tunnels are quite dark. The park has picnic areas, benches, and pit-toilets. The tunnel trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible, as well as dog friendly (on-leash only).

OTHELLO TUNNELS Photo by: John Morrow

For more information on park closures, contact the Hope Visitor Centre or B.C. Parks.

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ROSS LAKE

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fter one of the first major environmental battles in B.C., Hope became the gateway to a 27,948-hectare park.

The story dates back to 1906, when Seattle City Light began planning to build a series of dams on the U.S. side of the Skagit River. After the initial phase of the project was accomplished and the first dams were built, Seattle City Light intended to raise the Ross Dam by approximately 35 metres in order to harness more energy from the river. The proposed change would have flooded 2,023 hectares of pristine wilderness in the Skagit Valley in British Columbia.

Skagit Valley Provincial Park and Washington’s Nor th Cascades National Park). Chittenden Meadow – in the hear t of the provincial park – was named for the champion of the area and today visitors can follow a self-guided interpretive trail through the prairie grasses and majestic Ponderosa Pine which were preserved by Chittenden and other opponents to the dam expansion. Visitors to the park can enjoy single and multi-day hiking trips, boating, swimming, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Skagit River Trail and Skyline II both connect Skagit Valley Provincial Park with Manning Provincial Park.

At the time, Curly Chittenden was a B.C. logger and employed by Seattle City Light to clear the Skagit Valley in preparation for flooding. He and his co-workers recognized the detrimental effect their work would have on recreational land, wildlife, unique flora and fauna, and fishing. Chittenden quit his job and spearheaded the movement to save the Skagit Valley.

In the summer, Ross Lake is at its highest and is open for swimming and boating (there is no roped-off swimming area or lifeguard on duty). Campers can stay at Ross Lake or Silver Tip campgrounds while horse lovers will want to stay at Whitwor th Horse Camp as it offers individual corrals and hitching rails.

Protesters were ultimately successful and the Ross Dam remained at its current level. The international Skagit Environmental Endownment Commission was established to administer the lands in the Upper Skagit Watershed (B.C.’s

Access to Skagit Valley Provincial Park is located three kilometres west of downtown Hope along Flood-Hope Road. Turn south at the kiosk at Silver Creek bridge and follow Silver Skagit Road another 36 kilometres to the park entrance.

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SPAWNING SALMON S

almon spend their early life in rivers and streams before migrating to the Pacific Ocean. Adult salmon then return to the same area they hatched, guided largely by smell, to spawn and die. In the fall, visitors have the luxury of seeing salmon spawn close up from the observation decks in Thacker Regional Park. Meandering pathways, off the parking lot and washroom facility, head upstream along the Delair spawning channel and downstream to where Kawkawa Creek flows into the Coquihalla River. The upstream pathway, which winds around Thacker Marsh, is a perfect location to view spawning salmon and beaver lodges. Late September marks the beginning of the salmon run, as chum salmon make their annual return. Coho salmon are seen in late October. Visitors are asked to refrain from disturbing the fish. A dog splashing into a stream, or a rock or stick thrown into the water could affect their spawning.To find the spawning site from downtown Hope, turn right off Wallace Street onto Sixth Avenue. Pass the arena and ball park, and turn left on Kawkawa Lake Road.You will cross a bridge over the Coquihalla River. Once across, immediately turn left and watch for Thacker Regional Park signs. A small parking lot on your right accommodates visitors. At Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, visitors can observe the summer run of Steelhead trout migrating up in June, July and August.

SPAWNING KOKANEE SALMON Photo by: Barry Stewart

Throughout October, spawning kokanee salmon can also be seen showing off their fall colours in the streams on the east side of Kawkawa Lake.

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Swimming holes The lakes and creeks around Hope are the perfect places to spend a hot, summer day. Here are some popular swimming spots. Kawkawa Lake Spend the afternoon swimming, waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, or cliff-jumping. With a roped off swimming area, boat launch, and boat-accessible cliffs, Kawkawa Lake is a family’s dream. First Beach also boasts a playground, picnic tables, and washroom facilities. There are no boat rentals or lifeguard on duty. Kawkawa Lake Municipal Park is 10 minutes from downtown Hope on Kawkawa Lake Road. Kawkawa Creek in Thacker Regional Park For families looking to get away from large crowds, Kawkawa Creek is a great place to relax. Locally known as Sucker’s Creek, it offers a shallow water play area and a sandy beach.The best time of the year to visit Kawkawa Creek for swimming is mid-to-late summer.

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SCHKAM LAKE

Photo by: AdvantageHOPE

Schkam Lake (Lake of the Woods) Schkam Lake is the perfect swimming and paddling lake in Hope. As motors are prohibited, it is a quiet place for both swimmers and paddlers. The small lake warms up fast, so no need for a wet suit if you’re planning on swimming. Confident swimmers can access rocks on the west side of the lake. There is no public boat rental available (though guests at Lake of the Woods Resort do have access to equipment). Schkam Lake is located five minutes north of Hope on Highway 1. Silver Lake Silver Lake is located in Silver Lake Provincial Park, 12 kilometres south of Hope. This is a small, largely undeveloped lakefront area that offers spectacular mountain backdrops for swimmers and paddlers. The lake has no defined swimming area, wharf, or dock. However, there is a small boat launch but only electric motors are permitted. The water tends to be cooler than Kawkawa or Schkam Lake.

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Tee off

urrounded by spectacular mountains and bordered by the mighty Fraser and Coquihalla rivers, the Hope Golf Club is a rare gem offering a unique golfing experience. The nine-hole course set at the base of Thacker Mountain has perfectly groomed greens and plenty of sand and water hazards to keep the game interesting. While golf carts are available, the course is level enough to walk. There are also 18 distinct tee boxes so that you can play a complete round in less than four hours. The clubhouse offers a pro shop and banquet hall. There is also a putting green and driving range to perfect your game before heading out on the links. With Hope’s mild weather, players can golf almost year-round. The course rating for men is 69.6 with a slope of 117 and for women a slope of 122. HOPE GOLF CLUB

Photo by: John Morrow

Rates are among the most reasonable in southwestern B.C., and there are discounts for weekdays and senior golfers. The Hope Golf Club is located on Golf Course Road. Follow the signs from Wallace Street and Seventh Avenue.

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Gold Panning T

he Fraser Canyon Gold Rush forever changed the lives of the First Nations and Europeans who called the area home. Today, visitors can relive a part of that history by gold panning on the banks of the Fraser River using much of the same equipment as they used in the 1800s. Public panning is only allowed on public reserves that have been created in Hope (at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers) and Yale (at Waterfront Park – across from Yale Historic Site).

how to pan To start, fill the pan with gravel then submerge it in slow moving water. Keep the pan in the water, tip it slightly away and swirl the mixture. Lighter material will be the first to fall out, leaving behind the gold. A common novice mistake is to try panning river sand. Bigger gold flakes can be found in gravel or coarse sand.

Visitors can also experience the life of a gold panner at Yukon Dan’s annual Fraser River Gold Panning Championships, August 20-23, 2015. The competition, which attracts panners from around the world, takes place at Anderson Creek Campground in Boston Bar. However, there will be free gold panning with Yukon Dan and other professional panners along the Fraser River in Yale August 21-22, 2015.

GOLD PANNING

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HOPE BIKE SKILLS PARK Photo by: AdvantageHOPE

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hills and bermed turns for the youngest of riders.There’s also an elevated log ride named “Logzilla,” made from an 80-foot (24-metre) log that was split down the middle and placed end-to-end. Signage and maps have been installed throughout the park, as well as benches and picnic tables in key locations so that parents can supervise their kids.

iders of all ages have a new place to learn and practice their skills in Hope. The community’s recently developed Bike Skills Park is set in the forest between Coquihalla Campground on Kawkawa Lake Road and River Parade.

The new Bike Skills Park is part of a community recreation park project, which has seen local volunteers donate hundreds of hours of free labour to complete park improvements. The two-metre wide walking trail (Fort Trail) that winds throughout the property now connects walkers and bikers with the Kawkawa Lake Road Bridge picnic area and the new bike skills park.The trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible.

The park is designed to help riders transition to the forest trails safely. It features elements for beginner, intermediate and advanced skills including pump tracks, a wall ride, and dirt jumps.The generous size of the space has even allowed for a “grom” pump track, a circuit with a series of small

There’s also been seating upgrades to the Sports Bowl to reinforce the area and increase spectator capacity. Perimeter fencing separates motorsports activities from the rest of the park amenities, and creates a fenced in off-leash dog park during non-event days.

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DAN SHARRERS AQUATIC CENTRE Photo by: AdvantageHOPE

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egardless of the season, Hope has recreational activities for everyone! For the Hope recreation centre schedule and fees, visit fvrd.bc.ca or call 604-869-2304.

FAMILY FUN and FITNESS Conference Centre Business meetings, special events, recreation programs

Hope and District Recreation Centre Dan Sharrers Aquatic Centre Indoor leisure pool, lazy river, spray bar, tots pool, 25-metre competition pool, one- and three-metre diving board, steam room, sauna, hot tub, wheelchair accessible

Hope Arena Hockey (casual, youth, adult, leagues, and tournaments), figure skating (lessons and carnivals)

Hope and District Fitness Centre Cardio equipment, strength machines, free weights

MuscleWorks Gym Fitness classes, open workout times

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Hope Mountain market H

ope Mountain Market started in 2012 by a small group of artisans who were committed to providing a venue for local crafters to showcase and share their skills and products. The market features a variety of handmade, homegrown, homebaked, or fair trade items from a variety of vendors and artists. There is also fresh produce, handmade jewelry, knit and crochet items, ar t, traditional food, and snacks. Hope Mountain Market is family and pet-friendly. The market is located in a unique setting within the old growth forest of Memorial Park. Nearby there are picnic tables, restaurants, shopping, and a playground. Hope Mountain Market provides an opportunity to buy local and suppor t small businesses.

Travellers passing through can stop for a rest and supplies at the market, then discover downtown Hope and all it has to offer. HOPE MOUNTAIN MARKET

Hope Mountain Market runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June through September, as well as at special events.

Photo by: John Morrow

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hanks to its small-town charm, majestic mountains and canyons, rugged terrain, and diverse history, the Hope area has been the backdrop for many film and documentary productions.

War. The documentary shows the rougher side of the 1858 Gold Rush and the conflict that rose up between resident First Nations and the outsiders seeking fortune on the banks of the Fraser.

Hope made its debut to Hollywood audiences in 1981 when Sylvestor Stallone and Brian Dennehy came to town to bring John Rambo’s postVietnam struggles with authority to life in Rambo: First Blood. Each year, nearly 1,500 visitors stop to take the self-guided tour of filming locations. Since then, more than 15 movies (including Shoot to Kill, Hope Springs, and Far from Home:The Adventures of Yellow Dog) have been filmed in the Hope area. In 2009, local filmmaker Eva Wundermann brought the history of the Fraser Canyon to viewers in the much acclaimed, Canyon

In 2012, the first season of Highway Thru Hell premiered. Jamie Davis and his heavy rescue crew have since became household names. Based out of Hope (with supporting operations in Fort McMurray, Alberta), the series follows the crew as they work to keep local highways open for truckers during unpredictable winter weather.

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Christ CHURCH C

hrist Church National Historic Site offers visitors a chance to step back in time or just enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation. In the late fall of 1859, Rev. Pringle arrived in Hope with the Gold Rush in full swing. He lobbied for the construction of a church and Captain J. M. Grant of the Royal Engineers was named the building’s architect. With its dark wood interior and leaded glass windows, Christ Church is a fine example of an Anglican parish church in the Gothic Revival style. The building was consecrated in 1861 and Rev. Pringle continued to lead the parish until 1864. Services have been held at Christ Church ever since, making it the oldest operating church on the British Columbia mainland. The church’s full history along with information on present-day services can be found on the church grounds at 681 Fraser Ave. Over the summer months church members offer regular guided tours of the historic site. They have also built a classical labyrinth for all to enjoy.

CHRIST CHURCH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Photo by: John Morrow

Community of Hope Church Directory CHRIST CHURCH

ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA

& National Historic Site CONSECRATED 1861

Invites you to worship

SUNDAYS 10 AM

www.anglican-hope.ca Corner of Park & Fraser St

604.869.5402

HOPE UNITED CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICE 10AM

“UNITED WE SING” FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH AT 1:30PM 590 Third Ave 604-869-9381

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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

Welcomes you to Sunday Worship: 9:30 am Rev. Don Gardner

888 Third Ave.

Grace G ra Baptist Ba Church C “Beca your ““Because spiritual journey matters...”

HOPE PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLY

Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

Corner of 5th & Fort 10:30am Morning Worship & Children’s Sunday School

Anglican Network in Canada

604-869-5599

www.gbchope.com 949 - 3rd Avenue 604.869.5524

Pastor Jim Cornock 604-869-9717

MT. HOPE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

ST. PAUL’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

A PASSION FOR CHRIST AND HIS KINGDOM

SATURDAY MORNING Study Hour 9:15 a.m. Worship Hour 11:00am Prayer Meeting - Tuesday, 7pm

Service held 2nd & last Sunday of each month F.C. Hospital Conference Room – 2:30 pm

1300 Ryder St. 604-869-2363 Pastor Tim Nagy

Wayne Lunderby, Pastor Linda 604-869-2073

SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10:30 AM

Northwest Harvest Church

888 - THIRD AVE. 604-869-9969 (MESSAGE ONLY)

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ARTS SCENE H

ope and the Fraser Canyon are home to a vast number of writers, poets, painters, actors, and musicians.

The works of many local artists are featured in the Hope Art Walk Tour. Participating businesses have displays of art that can range from oil paintings and watercolours to ceramics, sculptures, and photography. Art Walk Tour maps indicating spots of interest are available at the Hope Arts Gallery and the visitor centre. Throughout the year the Hope Arts Gallery has special monthly exhibits featuring many local and guest artists. The gallery displays a broad variety of art including paintings, pottery, sculptures, photography, drawings, jewelry, basketry and fabric arts. There is also a gift shop where visitors can buy cards and other items. For crafty visitors and locals, the Art Machine offers affordable classes for children, youth, and adults in a variety of mediums. It is the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon. On Saturday afternoons in July and August, the Concerts in the Park music series hosted by the Hope & District Arts Council takes over the Memorial Park stage. The performances feature many local talented artists showcasing a wide range of genres. During the summer months, families can also enjoy Story Time in the Park. The literacy program takes place every Tuesday in Memorial Park. A new book is read aloud by a community member and each attending family receives lunch and their own free copy of the book. The program also runs weekly in Boston Bar, Agassiz, and Harrison Hot Springs.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK Photo by: Shanon Fischer

Hope Performing Arts Community Theatre (HPACT) stages several productions throughout the year that showcase the theatrical talents of local residents.

HOPE & DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL 349 Fort St, Hope, BC 604-869-3400 hopearts@telus.net hopedistrictartscouncil.com

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n 1991, a Douglas fir in Memorial Park was found to be suffering from root rot and an idea to carve the remaining trunk into a work of art captured the imagination of the community. Pete Ryan carved Hope’s first chainsaw carving and he has since been joined by local artist Randy Swope and a myriad of internationally renowned carvers. Many of Hope’s 65+ carvings today are the result of the International Chainsaw Carving Competition, which runs August 13-16 this year in Memorial Park. In one weekend, carvers from around the world turn blocks of wood into the amazing statues visitors see around town. The carvings now highlight the creative talent found in our community and the important role logging played in Hope’s early history. Those looking for a challenge should pick up the Hope Art Gallery’s Art Walk Tour and try to see them all in one day.

Hope’s favourite carvings Mystical Wizard - Centennial Park Sasquatch - Corner of Wallace Street and Third Avenue Pegasus - In front of Olympic Flame Restaurant on Old Hope Princeton Way Historical Gold Panner - In front of 293 Wallace Street Restaurant Viking Warrior - In front of Kim Chi Restaurant on Sixth Avenue Lumberjack - In front of Canyon Cable on Sixth Avenue Animal Bear cubs - Memorial Park Mountain sheep - In front of HUB International on Wallace Street Moose - In front of Lordco on Wallace Street

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BRIGADE DAYS H

ope Brigade Days is the annual end of summer party honouring the community’s fur trading history.

In 1848, Hudson’s Bay Company decided to expand and strengthen their communications links between the coastal areas and the interior of British Columbia. Fort Hope was established at the foothills of the Cascade mountains, at the point where the Coquihalla River runs into the Fraser River. It would be 80 years before Fort Hope was incorporated to become the Village of Hope and close to another 40 years to graduate to the Town of Hope. Finally, in 1993, the town amalgamated with outlying areas to become the District of Hope. Local service station owner Ken James first came up with the idea for Hope Brigade Days, in recognition of the close of the town’s busy summer season. More than 40 years later, this small town festival remains a favourite of locals and visitors alike.

BRIGADE DAYS FIREWORKS Photo by: Hilary Patterson

The 47th annual Hope Brigade Days runs September 12-13, 2015 in Sixth Avenue Park. The motorsports events are a big draw for the weekend, with competitors taking part in mini-stock races, 4X4 races, and demolition derbies. There will also be a big rig truck show, live music, fireworks, parade, beer garden and softball tournament.

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SUNSHINE VALLEY MUD RUN

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he scenic little community comprised of six distinct villages lies nestled in the mountains just 19 kilometres east of Hope along Highway 3. Sunshine Valley is steeped in history from its roots as a traditional First Nations hunting and berry picking region. Later, it became a vital rest stop for fur traders and gold seekers travelling the Dewdney Trail before getting its start as a community with the building of the Trites Ranch. In 1942, the Canadian government built an internment camp (called Tashme) at Sunshine Valley for the hundreds of Japanese families who were expelled from the coast during the Second World War.The camp was eventually bulldozed in 1946. In 1955, the land around Sunshine

Photo by: AdvantageHOPE

Valley was purchased by the Boys Town Association and turned into a home for wayward boys. In 1962, the land was sold again and began the transition into a rural, recreation community.Today, Sunshine Valley is home to many full-time and seasonal outdoor enthusiasts. Sunshine Valley has more than 100 kilometres of snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking and ATV trails that wind their way through the forests of the Sumallo River and Nicolum River valleys.The Sunshine Valley Mud Run takes place over the August long weekend, attracting quad riders from around the province.The track is excavated out each year, giving it different bumps and puddles. Once water is added, it’s an unpredictable course.Trophies are handed out to riders with the fastest times in the various ATV classes. Kayakers and canoeists are also a regular sight on the community’s small lake. In the winter, the lake becomes a favourite spot for skaters.

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HOPE SLIDE

Photo by: AdvantageHOPE

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he Hope Slide was one of the largest recorded landslides in Canadian history and 2015 marks its 50th anniversary. In the early morning hours of January 9, 1965 – a mere 16 years after it opened – Highway 3 was suddenly and unexpectedly blocked when a slab of rock fractured away from the face of Johnson Peak, resulting in the Hope Slide.The force of the slide was such that the 100 million tonnes of debris travelled 60 metres up Mt. Coulter (on the opposite side of the valley) before settling again over the Hope-Princeton Highway. The resultant debris was 85 metres deep and three kilometres wide.

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The snow, mud, and rock that slid from the mountain were enough to obliterate Beaver (Outram) Lake from the topography of the valley. Despite its sheer size, the Hope Slide killed only four people. The impact of the slide set off seismographic readings at a monitoring station in Penticton, which led to the belief that the slide was caused by an earthquake. However, geologists today note that the Hope Slide was caused by weak layers of rock simply giving way to gravity.Visitors travelling along Highway 3 are actually driving 55 metres above the original highway surface. At the Hope Slide viewpoint, visitors can see the scars that were left on Johnson Peak and Mt. Coulter by the slide. The rest area has picnic tables, informational kiosks, and pit-toilets.

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MANNING PARK

Photo by: Emily Pictcher

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anning Provincial Park – home to Manning Park Resort – is a fourseason playground.The western edge of the park is 20 minutes from downtown, while the resort is a 45 minute drive from Hope. SUMMER During the summer months, Manning Park is home to some of the best hiking, camping, and swimming in the area. Lightning Lakes Chain This chain of four lakes (Lighting, Strike, Flash, and Thunder) is one of the most popular spots in Manning Park. Lightning Lake is the only lake accessible by vehicle. At the day-use area at Lightning Lake, visitors can rent canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Hiking around Lightning Lake is a popular family afternoon activity.Those looking for a longer trip can hike out to Thunder Lake and camp at the wilderness campsites. Hiking There are hundreds of kilometres of trails in Manning Park that vary from 20 minutes to four days. Some of the most popular are: Mt. Frosty Mt. Frosty (eight hours) is the highest peak in the park and is the most spectacular in early October when the larches change colours.Trailhead is at Lightning Lake. Skyline I and II With the option of doing a one-day loop or an overnight traverse to Skagit Valley Provincial Park, Skyline is one of the most popular hikes in the park. Hikers are rewarded with views of the ski hill and the Hozameens as they hike through forest and alpine meadows. Canyon Nature Trail Canyon Nature Trail is a short hike (45 minutes) that starts near the Manning Park Lodge. It is a great walk for families. 46   Hope Visitor Guide 2015

Cascade Lookout and Sub-Alpine Meadows Across from the main lodge is one of the only vehicle accessible sub-alpine meadows in the province. A short drive will take day visitors to the Cascade Lookout – a viewpoint with amazing views of the resort and the Cascade Mountains. Beyond the Cascade Lookout, visitors will reach the sub-alpine meadow. In early summer, the wildflowers are in bloom which makes Paintbrush Nature Trail a pleasant half hour walk. Camping Lightning Lake: 100 per cent reservations only, walking distance to the lake and trailheads, washhouse with showers and flush toilet, summer Cold Spring: 50 per cent reservation only and 50 per cent walk-in sites, pit toilets, well water, river-side spots, summer Hampton: 50 per cent reservation only and 50 per cent walk-in sites, pit toilets, well water, summer Mule Deer: 50 per cent reservation only and 50 per cent walk-in sites, pit-toilets, well water, river-side spots, summer Lone Duck: Group camping, pit toilets, walking distance to the lake and trail heads, year-round Cambie Creek: Winter camping only WINTER During the winter months, Manning Park boasts alpine and nordic resort skiing and snowboarding, snowshoe trails, lift-serviced tubing, an outdoor skating rink, and winter camping. The ski-hill has two lifts and a bunny hill that is serviced by a handle tow and T-bar. The rental shop and ski-school are ready to get anyone out on the hill.

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efore Emory Creek gained notoriety as the most profitable section of the Fraser River during the 1858 Gold Rush, it was populated by Sto:lo families who made their living hunting, fishing, mining, and collecting other resources for trade. It has a long history as an integral place in the Fraser Canyon. In 1858, more than 25,000 men travelled into the Fraser Canyon hoping to strike it rich. Five hundred of those men were believed to have camped at Emory Bar in order to profit from the riches at Hill’s Bar (the site of the 1858 strike that started the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush). Although a considerable amount of gold was found, the mother lode was never discovered and the bustling mining camp and frontier town faded away. In the fall of 1878, Emory City came to life again as the western terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The city quickly grew to 13 streets, 32 blocks, and 400 homes and businesses. Emory City was even home to the Inland Sentinel, the first newspaper on the mainland. Sawmills, hotels, saloon, a brewery, a general store, and a few less reputable businesses contributed to the new city’s economy. By 1881 the CPR moved its western terminus to Yale (five kilometres upstream) and Emory City faded again into the past. Now all that remains of Emory City’s glory days is the Hope River General Store and two private campgrounds. Visitors can enjoy a meal at the General Store and peruse information on the local First Nations and Chinese miners who worked in the area. Those looking to stretch their legs can walk part of the historic Cariboo Wagon Road.

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ST. JOHN THE DIVINE CHURCH

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he small town of Yale was once the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago. Originally established in 1848 as a Hudson’s Bay trading post,Yale grew to an estimated 30,000 people during the 1858 gold rush. With the construction of the Cariboo Wagon Road in the 1860s,Yale became the terminus for one of the largest sternwheeler routes in North America and bustled with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s. Today, only a few of the original buildings remain in what was once a booming gold rush town. At Yale Historic Site you can visit the museum where artifacts and collections from Yale’s historic past are on display in the Creighton House, an original home built in the 1870s. Visit the Living History Tent City to relive life in the 1860s. There’s a

general store, jail, saloon, Chinese boarding house, gold commissioner’s tent, medical tent, and blacksmith shop. Built in 1863, St. John the Divine is one of the oldest surviving church’s in BC. It is home to ‘Enduring Threads,’ a collection of antique textiles hand-stitched by the students of All Hallows Girls School and houses original altar pieces. Regular services are no longer held here but it is available for wedding rentals and special occasions. The historic Ward House recently went through an extensive conservation process and is now open for guided tours during the summer months. New this year, the house will be opening up a tea room serving light refreshments. You can also try your hand at gold panning, either on site or on the banks of the Fraser River. For history buffs, walking tours of the old town sites and Pioneer Cemetery can be booked through the Yale Historic Site or self-guided by purchasing a guide book.

The Fraser Canyon-Emory Creek Revival Society

This caboose, a milestone of the CPR and Gold Rush era, is the future home of a museum, and rest area with washrooms facilities. The museum will describe the rich history of Emory Creek as well as the Fraser Canyon.

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Emory Bar was Andrew Onderdonk’s starting place when he was contracted to build the Canadian Pacific Railway. It is the place where the first spike, east to Craigellachie and west to Port Moody took place.

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HELL’S GATE AIRTRAM

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trip through the Fraser Canyon would not be complete without a stop at Hell’s Gate.

In 1808, explorer Simon Fraser terrifyingly described this section of the river as a place “where no human being should ever venture, for surely we have encountered the gates of hell” after he and his men inched their way along its cliffs using rope ladders made by their aboriginal guides. Known mostly for its breathtaking gondola rides, Hell’s Gate provides a fascinating opportunity to learn something about the ecosystem and history of the Fraser River. Hell’s Gate is evidence of man’s best and worst feats of engineering.

Blasting during the construction of the Canadian National Railway in 1913 resulted in a landslide that wiped out millions of salmon. In 1937, joint cooperation between and Canada and the U.S. led to the creation of the International Fishways. Each year, millions of salmon battle insurmountable odds on their upriver journey to arrive, spawn and die at their various spawning grounds. One of those overwhelming odds is Hell’s Gate. The Fraser River’s entire flow of water from its 135,185 square kilometers (84,000 square miles) watershed, rushes through the narrow gorge at 757 million litres (200 million gallons) per minute.

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At 40 km/h (25 mph), twice the volume of Niagara Falls roars through during spring run-off in May/June. At Hell’s Gate, Highway 1 passes 244 metres (800 feet) above the Fraser River and it’s here where your family’s adventure begins as you board the air tram. The lower terminal features an educational exhibit showcasing Simon Fraser, the Fraser River Gold Rush, and the life cycle of the spawning salmon. There is also gold panning, observations decks and a suspension bridge.  Simon’s Café offers homemade salmon chowder, while the Fudge Factory serves up 30 different flavours made on site

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(famous for its fudge-dipped waffle cones). Gifts, souvenirs, and a great selection of B.C. history books can be found in the Gold Panner Gift Shop. Adding to all of these adrenaline-teasing experiences is the belief that the proper ty is haunted. Information about these friendly spirits can be viewed throughout the site. Hell’s Gate Air tram is a 35 minute drive nor theast of Hope. Parking is free and pets are permitted. The attraction is open daily April 24 to October 12, 2015.

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he Fraser Canyon Highway is a scenic route rich in human history. First Nations traversed the canyon walls using ropes, ladders and bridges. They built a trail network that connected their villages, enabling trade, hunting, and resource gathering. The Tikwalus Trail

(north of Spuzzum) is a First Nations trail that you can hike today, providing spectacular views of the canyon. In 1808, Simon Fraser was the first European to travel the Canyon and remarked that he had to travel “where no human being should ever venture, for surely we have encountered the gates of hell.” Today, visitors can see the sheer granite and boiling water that terrified Fraser and his men at Hell’s Gate Airtram. Transportation in the canyon accelerated with the discovery of Fraser River gold in 1858. Mule trails were built up the canyon in 1860 and Canada Select ATM

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you can find a section of mule trail near the southern entrance to Hell’s Gate Tunnel. New gold strikes at Barkerville in 1861 forced the colonial government to upgrade the mule trail to a wagon road. Completed in 1863, the Cariboo Wagon Road was built by hand and linked the 600 kilometre distance between the gold rush boom towns of Fort Yale and Barkerville. At a pullout south of the Yale Tunnel, a section of the Cariboo Wagon Road is still visible. Visitors can also see the power of the Fraser River and get a sense of the danger of the journey up the canyon as they watch the river crash through a narrow point near Lady Franklin Rock.

The crowning touch of the wagon road was the Alexandra Bridge, which you can still walk over when you visit Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park(40 kilometres north of Hope on Highway 1). Two national railways were ultimately built in 1885 and 1915. The first automobile road came in 1926, but the modern highway wasn’t completed until the early 1960s. As you travel the canyon today, you will pass through seven tunnels, ranging in length from about 57 metres to 610 metres. Engineers were forced to blast through rock faces in order to complete this section of Highway 1.

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he Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858 was instrumental in the foundation of British Columbia as a colony.The most popular story surrounding the origins of the gold rush is that on March 23, 1858, Edward Hill discovered gold at his feet while eating lunch across the Fraser River from Emory Bar. Later named Hill’s Bar, that bar became the richest gold producer on the Fraser River. In reality, Nlaka’pamux First Nations had been pulling gold out of the river for nearly a decade. At the time, access to gold (along with furs and salmon), superior knowledge of the land, and a higher population led to the Nlaka’pamux holding real political power in the Fraser Canyon. In the early 1850s, the Hudson’s Bay Company and territorial leaders wanted to keep the existence of gold a secret in order to stop American miners from flooding the region. When word eventually spread that the First Nations were trading in gold, miners from the United States started to venture north. Edward Hill’s prospecting party was one such group that travelled north and their find at Hemhemetheqw (Hill’s Bar) confirmed the existence of gold and the rush started in earnest.

LIVING HISTORY TENT CITY Photo by: Yale Historic Site

Concerns from the Sto:lo and Nlaka’pamux regarding disruption to the salmon run and violence perpetuated by miners against First Nations and their property sparked a short and bloody conflict (the Canyon War) between First Nations and European miners. A number of violent skirmishes characterized relations between the Nlaka’pamux and the Miner’s Militia during the Canyon War. Expert diplomacy and peacemaking by Nlaka’pamux Chief David Spintlum in late summer 1858 stopped the war from escalating. As a result, British authorities acted quickly in establishing a company of soldiers in the region and lobbying London for full colony status.

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ust an hour’s drive north of Hope along Highway 1, visitors will discover two cross-river communities steeped in history.

Take a break from your travels at Francis Harrington Park in downtown Boston Bar. The park is home to the community’s restored aerial ferry, which was once the only connection over the Fraser River between the two communities. The ferry last operated in 1986 when it was replaced by the Cog Harrington Bridge. Thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers, visitors can trace the history of the ferry and the history of the two communities it served through a series of storyboards that border the park. To learn more about the fascinating history of Boston Bar and North Bend, be sure to visit the Heritage Room in the Old North Bend Primary School. This facility is operated by community volunteers who are always happy to talk about old times and take you on a tour through the exhibits. Tuckkwiowhum Village, just a short walk from the Anderson Creek Campground, offers visitors an opportunity to experience the Nlaka’pamux village lifestyle before the arrival of European culture. This historic Aboriginal education centre includes a subterranean pit house, summer lodges and smoke house. Take a walk through the delightfully landscaped park and learn about Fraser Canyon history with a knowledgeable guide.

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ahatlatch Valley features mountain and canyon scenery, waterfalls, pristine lakes, and forests of pine, spruce, fir and cedar. Hiking and mountain biking opportunities are available along the river, lakes and many of the former logging roads that ascend to alpine meadows. Fishing is another popular activity on the Nahatlatch River and lakes. However, the main attraction of the Nahatlatch Valley is its world-class whitewater. Rafters and kayakers come from all over the globe to paddle its near-continuous Class III-V rapids, which are among the most exciting and challenging in Western Canada. The lower 14 kilometres of the river from Francis Lake to the Fraser River feature 37 amazing rapids. Camping is available along the upper Nahatlatch River in Nahatlatch Provincial Park, although no services are provided other than pit toilets at designated sites. To reach the Nahatlatch Valley, turn off Highway 1 in Boston Bar and head west across the Cog Harrington Bridge over the Fraser River into North Bend. Continue north on that road winding along the Fraser River until it crosses the Nahatlatch River just before the railway point of Keefers. At the 25 kilometre mark, you will see Francis Lake, the first of three jade-green jewels. At the 26 kilometre point, you will arrive at Hannah Lake and at 29 kilometres you will reach Nahatlatch Lake, the largest of the three lakes in the pristine valley.

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ridal Falls and Popkum are located about 20 minutes west of Hope along Highway 1 at the base of Mount Cheam.

Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park Located at the base of Mount Cheam, Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is home to Bridal Veil Falls. A short hike (a half hour return) takes visitors along a lush trail lined with ferns, moss, picturesque woods.The falls are 60 metres high and as the water cascades over the smooth rock face, a veil-like effect is created. Bridal Falls Waterpark Bridal Falls Waterpark features four advanced slides, two intermediate slides, one tube slide, three kiddie slides, and a giant hot tub.There is also a concession and VIP areas.The waterslides are open weekends from mid-May to the end of June, and daily until the beginning of September. Popkum Motor Park Popkum Motor Park has dirt biking, ATV, and motor-cross trails.There’s a training compound for beginners and rentals for those who may not travel with their off-road vehicles. All riders must have a valid membership to ride the park and pay a daily fee. BRIDAL VEIL FALLS

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ust 25 minutes west of Hope, Harrison Hot Springs is a great day trip to take from Hope. The village is home to 1,400 year-round residents and enjoys a worldwide reputation as an all-season resort destination. The biggest draw in Harrison are the hot springs. Guests at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort have access to the resort’s private pool which is pumped from one of the two springs in the area. Daytrippers can access the public pool whose water comes from the same source. The indoor pools are cooled to 38 degrees Celsius. The natural springs – named Potash and Sulphur – are 40 and 65 degrees Celsius, respectively. In the summer, the 65-kilometre long Harrison Lake is considered the “Jewel of the Fraser Valley” and the boardwalk along the lake is vibrant during the summer months. Locals and visitors can enjoy beautiful beaches, boating, water sports, and lake tours. The annual Harrison Festival of the Arts takes place in July and attracts hundreds of musicians and artists. Throughout the year, hiking, golfing, fishing, sightseeing, live music, and dancing are always options for visitors to Harrison Hot Springs.

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AGASSIZ AND HARRISON MILLS Circle Farm Tour The self-guided Circle Farm Tour in Agassiz is one of the best in the Fraser Valley. In the summer, visitors can cycle to each location and eat their way around Agassiz’s gorgeous farming community. Drivers will find ample parking at each location and will love that they have a trunk to fill with local produce. Kilby The Kilby Historic site is 25 minutes west of Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs along Highway 7 in the beautiful community of Harrison Mills.The Kilby Historic Site stands as the only reminder of the once thriving community. Step back in time and enjoy a leisurely tour of the site, including the 1906 General Store Museum, the heritage Post Office, and the Manchester House Hotel. Each site contains interesting artifacts which played an integral part of the Harrison Mills community at the turn of the 20th century.

HARRISON RIVER BALD EAGLE Photo by: Tourism Harrison

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival The millions of spawning salmon that travel up the Fraser River annually attract an incredible number of raptors.The Fraser Valley is home to North America’s largest gathering of bald eagles and fall is the best time to view them in their natural habitat.The annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival starts in November and showcases the biodiversity of the Fraser River valley by honouring the bald eagle and the cycle of the salmon. From Mission to Harrison Hot Springs, many venues offer eagle watching opportunities and a range of activities and adventures including jet boat eco-river tours, a Chehalis River walking tour, environmental presentations, historic aboriginal sites, and displays by local artists. FREE Wifi

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A&W

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Atwal Pizza & Tandori House

468 Wallace Street

Blue Moose Coffee House 322 Wallace Street

Dairy Queen

817 Water Avenue

Goldrush Pub

629 Old Hope-Princeton Way

Home Restaurant

665 Old Hope-Princeton Way

Hope Drive-In and Restaurant

590 Old Hope-Princeton Way

Grill on the Green

900 Golf Course Road (Seasonal)

Hope Pizza Place

875 Water Avenue

Jungle Juice Company 259A Wallace Street

Kan-Yon

800 3rd Avenue

Kawkawa Lake Sushi

65620 Kawkawa Lake Road

Kibo

267 King Street

Kim chi

821A 6th Avenue

La Dolce Vita

575 Old Hope-Princeton Way

McDonald’s

453 Old Hope-Princeton Way

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490 Wallace Street

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888 Fraser Avenue

Sakoon Indian Cuisine 272 Wallace Street

Sharon’s Deli

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761 Water Avenue

Tim Horton’s

250 Old Hope-Princeton Way

White Spot Triple O’s

587 Old Hope-Princeton Way

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Alpine Motel

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Royal Lodge Motel

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Skagit Motor Inn

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600 Water Avenue

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Anderson Creek Campground Trans Canada Hwy (Boston Bar)

Blue Lake Resort

63452 Blue Lake Road (Boston Bar)

Bridal Falls Camperland RV Resort

53730 Bridal Falls Road (Popkum)

Camp Bridal

53870 Bridal Falls Road (Popkum)

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Charles Hotel

48115 Trans Canada Hwy (Boston Bar)

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35600 Coquihalla Lakes Road (Highway 5)

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27052 Baker St., Dogwood Valley

Emory Creek Campground

18 km. north of Hope on Hwy #1

Hope River General Store and RV Park

28775 Trans Canada Hwy (Fraser Canyon)

JB's Drive In

48080A Trans Canada Hwy (Boston Bar)

Manning Provincial Park

7500 Hwy #3

Mighty Fraser Motel and Fat Jack's Homestyle Diner

50865 Trans Canada Hwy (Boston Bar)

Old Town Inne Chuckwagon Bar and Grill 47555 Old Boston Bar Road (Boston Bar)

Rancher's Restaurant

53560 Bridal Falls Road (Popkum)

Simon's cafe (Hell's Gate Airtram)

43111 Trans Canada Hwy (Boston Bar)

Skagit Valley Provincial Park Skagit Valley Road

Sunshine Valley RV Resort

14850 Alpine Boulevard (Sunshine Valley)

Teague House B&B

30950 Trans Canada Hwy (Yale)

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Special Features - Hope Visitor Guide 2015  

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