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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Alaska Highway > Hudson's Hope

Hudson's Hope
Hudson's Hope is located 65 km (40 miles) north of Chetwynd and 88 km (55 miles) south-west of Fort St. John on Hwy 29.

W.A.C. Bennett Dam
Situated on the banks of the Peace River, Hudson's Hope is home to one of the world's largest earthen dam: BC Hydro's W.A.C. Bennett Dam located just 22 km (13 miles) away.

Historic Peace River Region
Hudson's Hope is perhaps British Columbia's oldest European settlement, dating back to 1793 when Alexander Mackenzie used the Peace River in his quest to find the Pacific Ocean, which he eventually found at Bella Coola. Later Hudson's Hope served as the main trapping post in the Peace Region starting in 1809.

Generation of Electricity
Today Hudson's Hope serves another purpose for the citizens of British Columbia with the generation of electricity along the Peace River.

BC Hydro
Flowing out of the Rocky Mountain Trench, the Peace River was dammed during the 1960s by the electrical utility, BC Hydro with W.AC. Bennett Dam. What was created was Williston Lake-one of North America's largest man-made lakes.

Peace Canyon Dam
Later, another dam, Peace Canyon Dam, was built near Hudson's Hope just 23 kilometres (14 miles) downstream from the G.M. Shrum Generating Station. This created another lake called Dinosaur Lake.

Tour the generating facilities
During the summer you can take the free tour offered by BC Hydro and visit the generating plants. W.A.C. Bennett Dam is located by about 30 minutes from Hudson's Hope.

Dinosaur Age
During the excavation stage of the dam's various fossils dating back to the dinosaur age were discovered. It was soon learned that the Hudson Hope area contained a very large selection of dinosaurs dating back millions of years.

Dudley Dinosaur
Today Hudson's Hope uses this fact in adopting a town mascot called Dudley Dinosaur and presents various specimens to the public at the Hudson's Hope Museum.

Hudson's Hope Museum
Housed in the Hudson's Bay Building, built in 1942, the museum presents you with a very good collection of local artifacts found in the region. If you want a taste of Hudson's Hope's past, you won't be disappointed.

Museum's Collection
The museum's collection features an 11,600-year-old Mammoth Tusk and includes other prehistoric fossils from the dinosaur age, local First Nation heritage, a North-West Mounted Police display plus some antique mining equipment and old pictures.

Recreation
Excellent hiking, snowmobiling and exploring all exist around Hudson's Hope. There is a small 9-hole golf course located just south of Hudson's Hope at Moberly Lake.

Williston Lake
Then, for real discovery, you have the incredibly large Williston Lake giving you access into the Rocky Mountain Trench region and the Omineca Mountains.

Official Community Plan
Hudson's Hope has several parks within the townsite. There is an Official Community Plan of developing a series of trail networks in some undeveloped lands linking the parks and town together away from the roads and traffic. This will provide some excellent trails for biking and walking throughout the area.

Peace River Bridge
If you have a chance, take the drive to the historic suspension bridge across the Peace River. The Peace River Bridge is about 8 km (5 miles) south from town on Highway 29 towards Moberly Lake.

Butler Ridge Provincial Park
If you need boat access to Williston Lake, go to Butler Ridge Provincial Park located on the north side of the lake on the Peace Reach. Butler Ridge Provincial Park is only 25 km (16 miles) west of Hudson's Hope via a gravel road.

Spectacular Panoramic Views
This is a great spot to explore. You'll have access to Rainbow trout and Kokanee fishing on Williston Lake. Then, if you like hiking and horseback riding, the spectacular panoramic views of Williston Lake from Butler Ridge are incredible.

Hudson's Hope Accommodation
There is a motel in Hudson's Hope called the Sportsman's Inn, unfortunately the Peace Glen Hotel which featured a pub is no longer around.

Get Reservations
If you are planning to stay here in the summer, be prepared for construction crews staying here as well. With the latest rumours about BC Hydro building a third dam at Site C and a possible Gething coal project by the Vancouver based Canadian Dehua International Mines Group, Hudson's Hope accommodation might be full.

Provincial Parks
Some other British Columbia Parks that you might want to look at exploring are Heather-Dina Lakes Park just north of Mackenzie and Muscovite Lakes Park across from the entrance of the Peace Reach on Williston Lake.

Moberly Lake
Plus if you're coming through from Moberly Lake, there is Moberly Lake Provincial Campground set in a very nice spruce forest off of Hwy 29 by 3 km (2 miles) on a gravel road just 39 km (24 miles) south from Hudson's Hope which features 109 campsites.

Excellent Campgrounds
If you like camping there are some excellent campgrounds in the area:

  • Alwin Holland Park - located 3 km (2 miles) south of Hudson's Hope featuring fishing and hiking -12 sites (250) 783-9154
  • Cameron Lake Campground - located 24 km (15 miles) south of Hudson's Hope featuring swimming, fishing, boat launch and picnic area. During the winter you can enjoy 16 km (10 miles) of groomed trails for cross-country or snow-shoeing 15 sites (250) 783-9154, open May to September.
  • Dinosaur Lake Campground located 7 km (4.5 miles) south of Hudson's Hope off Highway 29 features fishing, boating, swimming, a boat launch and picnic area - 50 sites (250) 783-9154
  • King Gething Campground located locally at the south end of Hudson's Hope. Firewood, flush toilets, RV sani-station, showers - 15 sites (250) 783-9154.
  • Lynx Creek RV Park - Google - located 6 km (4 miles) north of Hudson's Hope on Highway 29. Located on the banks of the Peace River featuring RV sani-station, showers, boat launch, fishing, firewood and playground for the kids - 24 sites (250) 783-5333

Information on Hudson's Hope

 

 

Map of Hudson's Hope
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Photo of W.A.C. Bennett Dam
W.A.C. Bennett Dam

 

Photo of Hudson's Hope
Hudson's Hope

 

Peace Canyon Dam
Peace Canyon Dam

 

Photo of W.A.C. Bennett Dam
W.A.C. Bennett Dam

 

Photo of Dinosaur Lake
Dinosaur Lake

 

Photo of Hudson's Hope
Hudson's Hope

 

Photo of Peace River near Hudson's Hope
Peace River near Hudson's Hope

 

Hudson's Hope Bridge
Hudson's Hope Bridge

 

Hudson's Hope Information Centre
Hudson's Hope Information Centre

 

Electrical Switching Station
Electrical Switching Station

 
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