North Bend is a small community located across the Fraser River from Boston Bar, it's the gateway to the Nahatlatch River Valley & Provincial Park and Skuzzy Creek Provincial Park which offers great camping and sport fishing. You can hike to North Bend Lake and camp for the night and drive up Moon Road lookout to get a bird's eye view of the Canyon. Railway lovers can watch the CPR trains dock at the station where the longest trains in the world pass by. Right in North Bend is an outdoor public pool to enjoy in the hot Canyon summers. Also located in North Bend is Jim & Vicki's Guest Ranch with Bed and Breakfast and horseback trail rides. A great place to spend some time and explore the beautiful scenery!
North Bend School House and Community Center is located in the old school house for North Bend Primary School. Close to a decade ago the elementary school was closed and moved to Boston Bar, since then the local citizens of North Bend and Boston Bar have worked to convert this building into a multiuse community center. The school house is surrounded with a large parcel of land, if you're traveling with your dog this is a great place to let them go for a run. Also on the grounds are swing sets, benches, picnic tables and an outdoor covered gathering and play area. The park has recently had some face lifts with some gardens along the front and entrance to the building and a community garden in the fields. Inside you will find a thrift store, health and wellness store, community activities, gathering rooms, seniors center, museum and archives. The building has recently been retro fitted for wheelchair lifts making this facility more accessible. Located on Chomaux Road in North Bend BC just minutes off the Trans-Canada Highway.
Chinese Canadian History
After the Chinese were brought over to Canada to build the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) many were left on the banks of the Fraser River. To survive the Chinese became miners and built large trenches and dugouts used to mine jade and gold. These dugouts span the river banks in the Fraser Canyon from Lytton to Hope. These sights are largely unknown and underappreciated as significant historic landmarks and amazing links to Chinese Canadian history.
The Drive to Nahatlatch Provincial Park is amazing. Running along the west side of the Fraser you will cross stunning creeks and ponds and a bridge that is high above the jade green Nahatlatch River. As you cross the bridge you are entering the Nahatlatch Canyon, this next stretch winds along the north eastern side of the river. While you are driving you will see the canyon begin to open in the river valley that is separated by four amazing lakes. Each lake has its own unique color. While at the Nahatlatch River you can enjoy some of the best white water rafting in the world. Cabin rentals are available and many provincial campgrounds are spread throughout the area. To get to the Nahatlatch River Lakes and River Valley, take the Trans-Canada Highway, head east until you reach Boston Bar, turn left and head through North Bend and then follow Chaumox Road.
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.