The McKinney’s say farewell

After 31 years at the helm of Hell's Gate Airtram, business owners, and Hope legends, Deb and Brian McKinney, sign off on their legacy.

Brian and Deb Mckinney recently signed off on over three decades at the Hell's Gate Airtram.

After 31 years, the McKinney’ recently said farewell to Hell’s Gate Airtram. Brian and Deb McKinney, called themselves fortunate, after deciding to leave the mass tourist attraction, following the sale of their family business in September of last year.

“The three past decades, plus a year have been life changing, rewarding and made me the human being that I am,” said Brian, in a heartfelt letter to friends and colleagues, which in detail thanks staff, guests and management for their time, patronage and service over the years.

“My first job here was in 1980, when I was ten years old, putting on bright yellow bumper stickers with strips of masking tape — little did I know at that time, with the exception of a three year break in the late 80’s that I would call this place my second home,” he said.

Over the past few years the McKinney’s worked tirelessly to create a performance model that set the bar on emerging industry standards. That model effectively, strategized to improve the experience of guests, while enhancing the HR practices the brother and sister duo, proudly endorse.

“We have learned many skills over the 30 plus years we’ve been there and have had the opportunity to implement changes and to build Hell’s Gate Airtram and Fraser Canyon in remarkable ways,” said Deb. “Our success has largely been due to the fantastic team work and relationships with our industry partners, staff and friends.”

It has been an absolute pleasure working with all of you.

The contact information of the new Owner/Director/General Manager Mr. Liang (Leon) Zhao is 778-320-8881, or leon@hellsgateairtram.com