Hope

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About Hope

Hope is located at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers where the Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon meet. The area is abundant with accessible mountainous terrain, lakes and rivers that offer outdoor activities ranging from camping, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, river rafting, soaring, and mountain biking.

Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park features the spectacular Othello-Quintette Tunnels which can be toured on foot or bike during the summer.  Visitors to the area will also enjoy the wood sculptures throughout the community which have garnered Hope the title of Chainsaw Carving Capital.

Attractions

Take a day trip or spend a week: there is so much to do in Hope, Cascades & Canyons.

History is alive in Hope. Retrace footsteps of the thousands of fortune seekers who flooded the area during the 1858 Fraser River Gold Rush. Follow the path of the Kettle Valley Railroad through mountain tunnels or catch a fish for dinner after hiking the forests.

Film buffs take note: Hope has hosted crews from Rambo: First Blood, White Fang, Far from home: Adventures of Yellow Dog, and many more. Come and explore!

Outdoors

Othello-Quintette Tunnels

The Othello-Quintette Tunnels are a world-class attraction in Hope. Built from 1911 to 1916 to complete the Kettle Valley Railway, constant washouts and rockslides plagued the railway line causing significant sections to close in 1959.

The site has been re-opened for the public to enjoy leisurely walks along the four abandoned railway tunnels and the spectacular Coquihalla Canyon. With stunning views and great picnicking opportunities, this historic landmark is a great day activity for the whole family. The park is open from the Victoria Day weekend to October.


Golf

Many golf enthusiasts are arriving in greater numbers each year to play a relaxing round at the Hope Golf and Country Club on the banks of the Coquihalla River.

The nine-hole course with eighteen distinct tee boxes offers golfers a gorgeous setting at the base of Thacker Mountain and perfectly groomed greens and plenty of sand and water hazards to keep the game interesting.


Fly Fishing

From a great family outing to some serious fly fishing, there are endless fishing opportunities awaiting you throughout the Fraser Canyon and Hope area.

Pack up a lunch and the family to make a day of some of the best freshwater fishing spots available. Check out Lightning Lakes, Blue Lake, Nahatlatch Lakes, Kawkawa Lake, Lake of the Woods and Silver Lake to name a few. The Skagit River is considered by some to be the best fly fishing river in the country. Come see if you agree!


Vancouver Soaring Association at the Hope Airpark 

Can you imagine an airplane flying for more than seven hours without an engine and on the power of the winds alone?  That’s the thrill behind glider flying for the more than 65 pilots who make the Hope Regional Airpark their home base.

Hope is an ideal location for glider flying as a result of the westerly winds that blow from the Fraser Valley and rise upon hitting the local mountains.  Visitors can catch a glimpse of the gliders soaring by the mountains over the town.


The Fraser Canyon

Spend the day exploring the Fraser Canyon visiting places such as the Yale Historic Site, Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park, Hell’s Gate Airtram, and Tuckkwiowhum Village.

Don’t forget to pick up a Trails of Hope guide and plan to spend some time on the historic trails of the Fraser Canyon.


HBC Trail

This 168-year-old trail crosses the Cascade Mountains from hope to Otter Lake (Tulameen) – a 74km odyssey! The trail offers stunning scenery and a rich history of use by First Nations and European fur traders. This fur “brigade trail” is the reason Fort Hope was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in 1848. Today, it’s a legally-designated heritage trail, protected by a 200 metre wide buffer.

You can hike the entire trail or explore it in sections via several intersecting backcountry roads. or more maps and info, visit hopemountain.org or check out the Trails of Hope guide.

Arts and Culture

Hope Art Walk

Start at the Hope Visitor Centre to explore over 80 chainsaw carvings and art installations in the community. This self-guided walking tour is presented by the Hope Arts Gallery.

The Hope Arts Gallery is open Tuesday-SUnday from 10am – 4pm.

Historical Sites

Christ Church National Historic Site

Consecrated in 1861, Christ Church National Historic Site is the oldest church on the BC mainland holding church services on its original site. The full history of the site along with information on present-day services can be found on interpretive signs at the church.

During the summer the church is open for guided tours by donation Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm.

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Drive the scenic
highway seven

What is the Scenic7?

Also known as the Lougheed Highway, the Scenic 7 provides a link between Vancouver and Hope that is off the beaten path. From extreme adventures to simple, warm hospitality, there is something for everyone in Mighty Fraser Country.

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