The scenic setting of Hope and beyond guarantees many natural wonders: the swirling whitewater that challenges river rafters on the mighty Fraser River, the grandeur of the Fraser Canyon that unfolds along the scenic Trans-Canada Highway, the carpets of wildflowers in Manning Provincial Park, the many trails that take hikers of all ages and abilities to myriad hidden spots of natural beauty in and around Hope.
The rugged terrain of Hope and beyond required great ingenuity from its pioneers. Today you can marvel at the four Kettle Valley Railway tunnels that cut a straight line through the rugged Coquihalla Canyon, Alexandra Bridge that still hangs suspended over the churning waters of the Fraser River, and the airtram and international fishways at the aptly named Hell’s Gate.
When a tool of industry is placed into the hands of an artist, a raw material can be transformed into artwork. Hope has become a chainsaw carving capital with more than 50 wood sculptures and First Nations carvings placed throughout the town. In much the same way, a master horticulturalist has transformed a farm at Bridal Falls into the 27-acre showpiece of Minter Gardens. Further evidence of local artistic talent is found at local art galleries and studios.
First Nations Culture
The Sto:lo and Nlaka’pamux people have lived in the region of Hope and beyond for thousands of years. Today you can witness their cultures thriving and succeeding at First Nations celebrations, the Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Interpretive Village near Boston Bar and at various aboriginal businesses.
Each fall thousands of salmon return to the streams of their birth and in January 1965 an entire mountain split in two and collapsed onto the valley floor below resulting in The Hope Slide. These are two examples of the mysterious forces of Mother Nature at work in the area of Hope and beyond.
Early settlers have left reminders of their efforts on our landscape. From the early trade routes, like the HBC Trail, that now offers challenging hiking experiences, to the beautiful architecture of Christ Church National Historic Site and St. John The Divine Church at Yale Historic Site, there are many places in Hope and beyond to relive pioneer experiences.
With all that Hope and beyond has to offer it should be no surprise that Hollywood has been here to film enduring cinematic stories. The local rugged mountain passes are featured in the television series Highway Thru Hell, which highlights the rescue and recovery work of Jamie Davis Motor Truck in Hope. Visit the famous Rambo: First Blood film sites, where Sylvester Stallone starred as John Rambo in the cult classic. Lesser known films have also been filmed here, including Shoot to Kill starring Sidney Portier, Hope Springs with Colin Firth and The Pledge with Jack Nicholson.