Memorial Park is locatd in the heart of downtown Hope. Chainsaw carvings surrounding the park are photographed by thousands of world travellers every year. The park features a bandshell, paved lit walkways, picnic areas, a children’s play area and the Japanese Friendship Garden.
Japanese Friendship Garden
Built in the summer of 1991, this garden is dedicated to all of the Japanese-Canadians who were sent to internment camps during the Second World War. Tashme was an internment camp from 1942-1946, just 23 kilometres east of Hope along Highway 3. During the war, 2,300 Japanese-Canadians were interned there. The oriental-style garden is a place to find peace and tranquility below the Japanese cherry blossom tree or by the waterfall filled pond.
Centennial Park along Highway 1 in Hope offers travellers one of the most easily accessible and best views of the Fraser River anywhere in the province. The park is located at the foot of Wallace Street. There you can enjoy a relaxing break, learn a little history or watch the sun set over the river from the viewing deck, constructed by the Hope Rotary Club. Aboriginal people have used the river for thousands of years as an important source for fish and as a transportation link. Welqámex or Greenwood Island, directly across the river from Centennial Park, has been the site of an archeological dig over the last few years that revealed evidence of a large Sto:lo village with many pit houses. The island is also home to Blue Heron nesting sites.