From a stroll along the banks of the Coquihalla River to a long trek along the Trans-Canada Trail, Hope is a great place to start a walk in the woods.
Hope’s popular Rotary Nature Trail along the Coquihalla River is an easy 20-minute stroll. Parking is available at the trailhead where the Coquihalla River joins the Fraser River. In the fall, spawning salmon can be seen as they return to local streams.
The Trans-Canada Trail passes directly through downtown Hope from the Hope Visitor Centre & Museum Complex to the Hope Recreation Complex. Follow the trail through the wooded area over the bridge on Kawkawa Lake Road to Thacker Regional Park on Union Bar Road. The trail then follows the old Kettle Valley Railway all the way to the spectacular Othello Tunnels. Another popular trail within town is the Mount Hope Lookout Trail, which is a short hike that leads to a breathtaking view of Hope.
Manning Provincial Park, east of Hope on Highway 3, offers 290 kilometres of trails for all abilities.
The Rein Orchid Trail passes through a mature spruce forest, featuring the White Rein Orchid and other bog flora in June and July. Lightning Lake is where you access trail heads to Mount Frosty, the highest peak in the park.
In the Fraser Canyon, be sure to visit the newly-restored Tikwalus Trail. A 40-kilometre drive north of Hope on Highway 1, the trail gives access to dramatic viewpoints looking into the famous Black Canyon at Hell’s Gate. Formerly known as the First Brigade Trail, this route follows an ancient native path that was used briefly by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1848. Interpretive signs along the hike reveal the trail’s importance to Nlaka’pamux culture.
Pick up a Trails of Hope brochure at Hope Visitor Centre & Museum Complex to get detailed trail descriptions and travel instructions.
For more info visit hopemountain.org