Trip Planning Ideas
Train & Railway Lovers
The railway lover day trip begins in the beautiful Hope BC and could end almost anywhere you wish. First stop: The magnificent Othello Tunnels. The walk will bring you back in history where you will discover the ancient Kettle Valley railway when it used to operate in the Coquihalla Canyon. Engineers generously constructed these tunnels with limited technology. These tunnels blast through a winding canyon as the rail line rips through the mountains, crosses the canyon and back through yet again another mountain. Just by walking this historic trail you can see how difficult it must have been to construct this dangerous, but beautiful stretch. As the trail comes to an end, you can walk back or continue on to the Trans Canadian Trail. Stop number two on your rail way day trip is up highway 1. Take HWY 1 east bound, until you reach Hope River Gas Bar just past Dogwood BC. Here you will find a beautiful rest area located next to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). A great place to stop for lunch and count the long trains that pass through. Some of the trains that pass this area are some of the longest trains in the world, because Canada's two Trans-Continental Railways the CNR and the CPR, pass through this point as a bottle neck to access the Asia Pacific Gateway and the Fraser Ports of Vancouver. Watch for different trains carrying a vast amounts of cargo. Container trains usually double stackers, wheat cars, box cars, coal, lumber, imports, exports, vehicles, you name it and for any Railway lover the Fraser Canyon is a excellent place to visit. While visiting stop number 2 be sure to take a photo with there BC Rail Caboose located right on site for public viewing. After you have watched some trains pass, carry on east to Hell's Gate Airtram where you can get an aerial view of both the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and the Canadian National Railway (CNR) as they pass through some of the most vigorous terrain the Fraser Canyon has to offer. While visiting Hells Gate there is great opportunities for train viewing and photography. Take the tram down and cross the suspension bridge over the Hells Gate Gorge, follow a short trail to the CNR rail line where you can take photographs of the massive locomotives as they pass. Remember to stand back clear of the tracks and be mindful of all your surroundings, including children. After visiting Hells Gate continue onwards to North Bend and Boston Bar where both the CPR and the CNR stations are. Watch trains come into dock and the train crew changing, also be sure to take advantage of your time, and take some beautiful still shots of trains in the yard. Both train yards have unique train equipment so if your a Railway Photographer this is something you will want to see. The next stop on the Railway lover day trip is Lytton BC, again east bound on HWY 1. Visit Lytton where there is great railway viewing opportunity including a CNR caboose open for public viewing and the Siska Bridges; Two train bridges crossing the Fraser River where the CPR and the CNR switch sides of the Canyon. While traveling through the canyon there is many view points to view trains, almost to many to name but all well worth your while. After you are finished your day trip in Lytton, choose a local community where you can discover a great selection of accommodations including B&B, Camping, RVing, Cabins, Hotel, and Motels. Stay one more day and explore more of the Fraser Canyon.
Gold Rush of 1858
The Fraser Canyon was host to hundreds of gold hungry pioneers that battled the extreme terrain that the Fraser Canyon is known for. Forever changing, this Canyon has only bits and pieces to offer of what these crazy times where like. The Gold Rush day trip begins in Hope BC where you can visit the Hope Visitor Information Center right on the Trans-Canada Highway; here you will find the Hope Museum. After visiting Hope BC you continue on to Historic Yale east bound on the Trans-Canada Highway. If you are unsure of directions ask the Visitor Information Center before you leave they will be glad to help and highlight your trip. In Yale, you will find The Yale Museum and Historic Church. Both of these sights are open for viewing and have information and displays on the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858 (the museum is open seasonally). Also in Yale, is the Pioneer Cemetery where you can view and learn about the challenging times living in the Fraser Canyon during the 1800's, and why so many people died unable to live in the fierce land. Cemetery Tours are also available, inquire at the Yale Museum. Visit Fraser River Rafting Expeditions to book your white water rafting trip and you can tackle the same fierce rapids as the early pioneers. After you have visited historic Yale, continue east bound on Highway One until you arrive at Hells Gate. There you can learn all about the Fraser Canyon during the Gold Rush of 1858, and the Skuzzy Stern Wheeler which passed through this area to deliver supplies and passengers to the Fraser Canyon. When the Skuzzy reached "Hells Gate" more than 400 men were required to use rope and pull the stern wheeler through to upstream. Also at Hell's Gate, learn how to pan for gold and you can keep all your findings to take home with you. Visit the Museum that has information and videos on the Gold Rush. After you are finished at Hells Gate choose a local community where you can find a great selection of accommodations including B&B, Camping, RVing, Cabins, Hotel, and Motels. Stay one more day and explore more of the Fraser Canyon.
Harrison Lake and Hot Springs provides exciting outdoor adventure all year round. The beginning of your weekend starts in Bridal Falls where you can choose from many options of exciting and wild entertainment. Exciting venues include Adrenaline Paint Ball Park, Trans-Canada Water Slides, Minter Gardens, paragliding, gold course and range and more. While in Bridal Falls be sure to visit the Bridal Falls Provincial Park where you can view the beautiful water falls cascading down the jagged mountain side resembling a brides veil. This is always a picture perfect moment, so be sure to bring a camera. It's also a great place for a picnic and provides hiking trails and nature walks in a beautiful lush moss coated rainforest, the park is pet friendly, but be sure to poop and scoop. After an exciting day at Bridal Falls it's time to go to Harrison Lake & Hot Springs, there you can enjoy a soak in the Natural Hot Springs, known by early pioneers as a place of healing. Stay at one of Harrison's great accommodations including the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa where you can enjoy the Healing Springs Spa, or a round of golf on the golf course. While in Harrison there are great possibilities for wild recreation such as jet ski rentals, power boating, water skiing, wind surfing, parasailing, buggy rentals, bike rentals, hiking, fishing and more. Harrison also has the Sasquatch Provincial Park, a great place for campers. After you have enjoyed the wild side of Harrison continue east bound on the Number Seven Highway until it merges with the Trans-Canada Highway, where you will continue east bound on Highway One until Hells Gate, 45 minutes east bound on Highway One. You can't miss Hells Gate so stop and take the tram ride down. Imagine a 500 ft cliff on a 37 degree angle crossing over the Hells Gate Gorge, the deepest and most narrow point of the Fraser at only 110 feet wide sometimes reaching over 200 ft in depth. Watch as the salmon battle their way through this point to continue to their upstream spawning grounds. After the tram ride cross the suspension bridge and stand over the Hells Gate Canyon. At Hells Gate there are a great number of activities for all ages, including a restaurant, shopping, patio pub and a fudge factory holding a world record for 232 flavors of fudge. After you have enjoyed your day at Hells Gate visit Lytton BC, the hottest city in Canada and white water rafting capital. Stay the night in one of the excellent resorts, B&B, or Provincial Parks for Camping and RVing. Then pick one of the many white water rafting companies and prepare to enjoy white water rafting, white water paddle rafting, and kayaking on rivers such as the Fraser River, the Hells Gate Canyon, the Thompson Canyon, Nahatlatch River, the Stein, and the Nicola where great opportunities await any skill level. After a wild day of white water fun, choose a local community where you can discover a great selection of accommodations including B&B, Camping, RVing, Cabins, Hotel, and Motels. Stay one more day and explore more of the Fraser Canyon!