Gold panning along the Fraser River has been popular since the Fraser Canyon gold rush back in 1858. Gold pans, demonstrations and historical information is available at the Yale Museum, a few minutes drive north of Emory Creek.
Hell’s Gate Airtram is about a 20 minute drive north on Highway #1 from Emory Creek Campground. One of the only descending gondolas in North America, the aerial tram provides a birds’ eye view of Hell’s Gate, where 200 million gallons of water per minute gush through a 33 metre wide passage. Experience the incredible scenery, history and nature of this Gold Rush trail highlight in the Fraser Canyon. Visit the Hell’s Gate Airtram website for more information.
“We had to travel where no human being should venture for surely we have encountered the gates of hell”. – Simon Fraser, 1808
- Mount Hope to the Viewpoint and beyond
- Hope Hustle along the Mt. Hope Lookout Trail
- Mount Outram
- The Spirit Caves near Yale
- Landstrom Ridge
- The Rotary Trail beginning at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers
- Coquihalla Campsite along the old Kettle Valley Railroad bed all the way through to the Othello Quintette Tunnels Provincial Park.
Mt. Hope Viewpoint
About 20 km from Hope on the Hope-Princeton Highway is the Hope Slide. A site that marks a disaster that happened in 1965 – a massive chunk of Johnson Peak fell into Outram Lake trapping four travellers on the highway in the debris, making it one of the largest slides in Canadian history. The Mt. Hope lookout trail takes you up 500 meters to the top of Mt. Hope for a viewpoint that overlooks the town of Hope, the Hope slide, Kawkawa Lake, and west towards the Fraser River.
From 1911-1918 the Othello Tunnels were created by blasting a series of tunnels through the canyon walls to accommodate the building of the Kettle Valley Railroad. The railroad tracks have been pulled up and the tunnels have been opened up, making it a popular tourist attraction for hikers of all skill levels.
Fraser River Raft Expeditions offers river rafting expeditions on the Fraser, Thompson, Nahatlatch, and Coquihalla rivers with one, two, three and seven day tours available. Check out the Fraser River Raft Expeditions website for more information on rates and schedules.
“The Fraser River has seen captains and kings, millionaires and stagecoach robbers, empire builders, soldiers, dancehall girls and an uncounted company of gold miners who left their bones along its banks for a thousand miles. Yet nearly all of them are forgotten as if the river could not tolerate their fame.”
- Bruce Hutchison, The Fraser