Carving tour available to visitors

In 1991, Hope embarked on a project that would lead to it becoming the 'Chainsaw Carving Capital'

In 1991, Hope embarked on a project that would lead to it becoming the ‘Chainsaw Carving Capital’.

Local residents and visitors alike fell in love with the unique artwork and photographers were soon capturing images of local carver Pete Ryan’s work throughout the community. Hope businesses and non-profit organizations have worked with the District of Hope to maintain the chainsaw carving program.

Visitors, that follow a suggested walking and driving carving tour, will be able to photograph all of the carvings that have been completed to date, many by other renown carvers, thanks to the new Hope International Chainsaw Carving Competition.

(*This year’s 2011 Competition has been cancelled, with an effort to return bigger and better next year. For clarification, please see the Hope Standard’s story on the event, from May 22, 2011.)

Visitors can pick up a copy of the tour at the Hope Visitor Centre. Don’t forget to ask if there are any carvers currently working in the area.

For information on the walking tour contact the Hope and District Chamber of Commerce office at 604-869-3111 or drop by the Hope Visitor Centre.