Hope, BC is the community that connects Vancouver to the interior of British Columbia and the rest of the country. Hope is located where the Coquihalla Canyon meets the Fraser River and where the canyon walls open into the valley. With many attractions, close to all the exiting events and sites, great selection of accommodations, and dining Hope BC is a great place to centralize yourself to the great activities Canyon Country area has to offer. Hope BC has many nearby provincial parks, historical sites, attractions lakes and rivers; it's an outdoor adventurist's heaven and is a great place to explore any season of the year.
While visiting the Fraser Canyon be sure to visit the Hope Museum and Visitor Information Centre. The Hope Museum is packed full of great memorabilia, photos and information about the vast history of Hope BC, while at the museum you can take your photo at the Hollywood of the North photo booths located outside of the museum. The site also serves as an official Visitor Information Centre. For further information, please contact: Inge Wilson, Manager-Hope Visitor Centre & Museum Phone: 604-869-2021 or 1-866-HOPEVIC E-mail: email@example.com
Rambo First Blood In November of 1981 Hollywood film crews began to transform Hope British Columbia into a rural American town in the filming of the blockbuster hit Rambo First Blood. Over the next several months Hope and the Fraser Canyon experienced gas station explosions, gun fire and stunt men. As excited as the locals were to be a part of such a major film project in their home town, they had no idea of the legacy that would be left behind forever. The Success of Rambo First Blood led into a series of 4 films made from 1981 - 2007. Rambo fanatics from around the world travel to the small town of Hope BC to get a glimpse of what people now call Rambo Town. Many of the original locations used in this film are still left unchanged so fans can see and touch many of the sets and props used in the film. The Hope Visitor Info Center and museum in Hope BC has a great selection of props and film memorabilia available for viewing.
Othello Tunnels Located in the most rugged section of the Coquihalla Canyon, the Othello Tunnels in Hope British Columbia displays great history scenery and makes a nice leisure walk through some of British Columbia's most beautiful landscapes. In the Coquihalla engineers forged through mountain cliffs and over the raging canyon to construct a series of bridges and tunnels that blast through the rugged terrain, you can walk along the path where the Kettle Valley Railway once operated, learn about this spectacular piece of history, and view the magnificent Coquihalla Canyon.
Hope is known all over the world for the beautiful gigantic carvings placed throughout the community. Many of the carvings depict the wild life in the area. Now over 30 different carvings are spread throughout Hope and even more can be seen throughout the Fraser Canyon.
Spawning Salmon in Hope BC Kawkawa Creek in Hope BC, also known as Suckers Creek, is a popular destination for those wanting to see Pacific Salmon spawning. Kawkawa Creek has different salmon runs throughout the year. To find out what salmon our running when you are visiting the Fraser Canyon visit the Hope Information Center for detailed information.
Kawkawa Lake in Hope BC is a great place to beat the hot canyon summer heat, with a public beach, boat rentals and more, there's also many local accommodations with private lake access.. Kawkawa Lake is near the Coquihalla Canyon and the Othello Tunnels. The Lake is also known for the beautiful spawning Kokanee salmon you can see in the nearby creeks. Other recreational activities include; sport fishing, camping and RV-ing, barefoot skiing, water skiing, knee boarding, boating, swimming and canoeing . A great summer getaway close to Vancouver BC, visit the Kawkawa Lake in Hope BC.
Lake Of the Woods is a small lake located right as you begin your journey into the heartland of the Fraser Canyon. It has great highway access and provides a great spot on all of those hot canyon summer days. Stop by for a quick dip or enjoy the day at this shady picnic spot located on the banks of the lake. Other activities include; a picnic site, canoeing and fishing. To visit this beautiful lake take the trans-Canada HWY, it's located 5 minutes east of Hope.
Approximately two hours from the Greater Vancouver area, Skagit Valley is part of a larger protected area complex that includes the US North Cascades National Park and the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. This large tract of territory contains the Ross Lake Reservoir, an important source of hydro electricity for Seattle City Light. The Skagit Valley was carved by retreating glaciers and is characterized by excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in a natural, wilderness-like setting. Visitors can enjoy hiking along 50 km of trails, river fishing, camping, and picnicking. Park Size: 27,948 hectares Special Notes: Ross Lake campground is located on a reservoir. The level of the water in the reservoir fluctuates greatly. July and August are the only months when the lake is at full pool, other times there is no water at all on the Canadian side. For a recorded message on water levels and general information for Ross Lake, please phone: 604-869-7080. For access and information regarding the USA park trails, contact the Marblemount Washington US Park Ranger Station @ 1-360-873-4590. It is illegal to operate an uninsured/unlicensed motor vehicle in any provincial park, recreation area or campground. Nearest sani-station facility is located in Hope, B.C. The Skagit River is susceptible to extreme water level velocities during the spring and summer run-off season. Access is by a loose surfaced (gravel/dirt) public road. Please observe good speed.
Manning Provincial Park is a very picturesque destination, full of pristine lakes, wild life, canyons, valleys, lakes, rivers and streams; it is an outdoor adventurer's nirvana. With over 200 different species of birds it should be the top of any bird watchers destination list. In the summer there are endless opportunities ranging from hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, camping RVing, fishing, photography, swimming and so much more. In the winter the Manning Park Resort offers; alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, skate skiing, snow tubing, ice skating and snow showing. There really is something to keep everyone happy.
The memorial Park is complete with a series of chainsaw carvings, children's play areas, the friendship gardens, picnic areas in both large open grass areas, and towering evergreen trees. The Park is open year round and is close to many local activities like the Hope museum, the artist guild, Hope theatre and more. For more information visit the Hope Visitor Information Center.
Thanks to the unique thermal air currents above Hope, you can experience the thrill of soaring in a glider across some of Canada most spectacular views! Amazing conditions, scenery, and location make Hope BC internationally famous with flight and glider enthusiasts! visit http://www.vsa.ca for more information.
Early in the morning on Saturday Jan 9th 1965 an enormous landslide crashed into the Nicolum Creek, wiping out more than 3km of the Hope-Princeton Highway. Caused by a small earthquake the Hope slide was the sum of a massive 46 million cubic meters of earth, rock and snow smashing down in a matter of seconds from the over 2000 meters high mountain it came. Outram Lake at the foot of the mountain was completely buried sending the water and soft clay from the lake bed violently up the mountain on the opposite side of the valley spreading to a south-east direction sweeping away everything in its path. Seismographs recorded to earthquakes the morning in the Nicolum Valley, one these earthquakes was at 6:58 am the approximate time the massive slide occurred. The new highway and the site viewing the spectacle of nature are built above the debris up to 70 meters above the original surface. You can view this great sight by taking the hope Princeton highway from Hope towards Manning Provincial Park there is no way you can miss it. This provincial park is has a picnic area and washroom facilities for the public use.