Points of Interest
The Seven Fraser Canyon
"The Fraser Canyon Highway Tunnels were constructed in the late 1950's to about the mid 1960's as part of the Trans Canada project. There are seven tunnels in total, the shortest being 57 m (190 ft); the longest, is 610 meters (2,000 ft) and is one of North America's longest. They are situated between Yale and Boston Bar. In order from south to north, they are: Yale, Saddle Rock, Sailor Bar, Alexandra, Hell's Gate, Freebee and China Bar. The Hell's Gate tunnel is the only tunnel that does not have lights, while the China Bar tunnel is the only tunnel that requires ventilation. A recent project on some of the Fraser Canyon Tunnels has been to install warning lights that are activated by cyclists before they enter the tunnel. This was required because the tunnel is curved. Credits: Gordon Anderson"
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.
The Lady Franklin
The Lady Franklin is a beautiful large rock, or some say an island in the middle of the Fraser River in Hope BC. This rock island was named after Lady Jane Franklin, wife of Sir John Franklin an early explorer who loved this area. This beautiful area is located along the Old Caribou Wagon Trail. To get there drive along the Trans-Canada Highway east bound through Yale, across the small bridge take the first right, and follow the road that runs alongside the Fraser River for a couple minutes. This is a great picnic spot.
Historic Alexandra Bridge
The Old Alexandra Lodge is the third lodge to have been constructed and was built in the 1920's. Since 1858 there has always been a lodge or road house located on the site at the Chapman's Sandbar in Fraser Canyon. In the 1970's it was titled British Columbia's second most historic building. Although this was later removed as there is some controversy over the origins of the structure and whether all sections are from the original structure. The historic Alexandra Lodge is currently being used as residences and will hopefully be resorted to its former beauty in the near future. It is located on the Trans-Canada Highway to the east of Alexandra Provincial Park.
The Aerial Ferry
The Aerial Ferry was constructed in 1939, officially opening to the public on March 15 1940. It operated as an aerial ferry (gondola) that suspended 1200 feet horizontally from the Cascade Mountain Range to the Coast Pacific Mountain Range and crossing the Fraser River in the mighty Fraser Canyon. The Aerial Ferry last operated in 1986 when it was replaced with the Cog Harrington Bridge because of increasing timber volumes and a higher demand for faster transportation. The Aerial ferry has been fully restored and is open for public viewing in the Francis Harrington Park along the Trans-Canada highway in downtown Boston Bar BC. The park is accompanied with a wide range of displays depicting the history of Boston Bar and the Fraser Canyon. Open year round it serves as an exciting and educational resting area while you visit the scenic Fraser Canyon.
The Pioneer Cemetery
The Pioneer Cemetery is the resting place to some of British Columbians earliest pioneers located off highway one in historic Yale. This beautiful piece of history is a lush meadow flat overlooking the banks of the Fraser River, although the Cemetery is a beautiful resting spot for many settlers, some of the history involving those that rest here is horrid. Locals tell the legends of tragedy and greed, a powerful poison during the gold rush many gold rushers were murdered, and their spirits left to rest along the gold banks of the mighty Fraser. Many say because of some tragic deaths the cemetery is haunted. The Pioneer Cemetery is open to the public, although it is recommended daytime visiting, those who dare can tour the cemetery at night a choice not recommended by locals.
Lake of the Woods
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.
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.