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Boston Bar
Situated on the Fraser River, Boston Bar is located 62 km (38.5 miles) north of Hope and 38 km (24 miles) south of Lytton on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

'Boston Men'
Boston Bar got its name during the 1860's from the term 'Boston Men.' This was a name given by the local First Nations to the people who came to this area to seek a fortune in gold. Many of the men were American and from the East Coast, especially the Boston area and, consequently, the name: 'Boston Men.'

Trans-Canada Hwy 1
Most of the commercial enterprises of Boston Bar are found on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Here are the general store, gas station and a couple of restaurants. The RCMP also has a detachment at Boston Bar plus there is the Boston Bar Arts and Crafts Co-op which features a good display of some local artists and crafts people.

J.S. Jones Timber Limited
The Boston Bar area is home to a J.S. Jones Timber Limited a member of the Teal-Jones Group, the main employer in the area. The company is located just off Trans-Canada Hwy 1 as you go through the community.

May Day Celebration
A good time for you to visit Boston Bar is during the long weekend in May which happens to be BC's second longest May Day celebration. Happening on this weekend are games for the kids, fun events and where you'll get a chance to mix with the local townsfolk of this proud community.

North Bend
Situated just across the Fraser River from Boston Bar on the west side of the Fraser Canyon is North Bend. Home to a Canadian Pacific Railway switching yard since 1885, North Bend was traditionally a crew exchange point for the CPR either travelling from Vancouver or Kamloops.

Cable Car
North Bend, for many years, could only be accessed by an aerial car ferry that would transport vehicles across the Fraser River from Boston Bar until 1986. The cable car could carry one vehicle and passengers or up to 40 people.

Nahatlach Provincial Park
In 1986 the cable car tramway was replaced with the Cog Harrington Bridge making the west side of the Fraser River more accessible for people to explore. One area you'll find extremely interesting, especially if you enjoy whitewater rafting and natural beauty, is Nahatlach Provincial Park located north of North Bend.

Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park
If you feel like a short walk and a view into British Columbia's past, visit the Alexandra Bridge just south of Boston Bar on Trans-Canada Hwy1. Located only 21 km (13 miles) away, Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is the site of a historic suspension bridge that was built in 1925 in order to cross the Fraser River.

Canyon Alpine RV Park & Campground
If you are driving an RV and would like to stay near Boston Bar, there is the Canyon Alpine RV Park & Campground located 5 km (3 miles) north of Boston Bar on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. They have a store, restaurant, laundromat, fire pits and some shaded tenting sites.

Blue Lake Resort
There is also Blue Lake Resort that is located 15 km (9 miles) north of Boston Bar featuring a lodge, private tenting sites, lakeside cabins, RV facilities in an incredibly tranquil setting.

Kanaka Bar Café
Located 21 km (13 miles) north of Boston Bar next to the Fraser River on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 is Kanaka Bar. Here you can find a favourite local eating spot called the Kanaka Bar Café which features great Chinese food.

Jackass Mountain
Located nearby Kanaka Bar is Jackass Mountain, a mountain pass that was very historic in the pioneering of the Fraser River and the Cariboo Trail construction.

Provincial Parks
There are a couple of provincial parks which feature campgrounds situated about an hour away from Boston Bar. One is Emory Creek Provincial Park which is 18 km (11 miles) north of Hope. The other is at Skihist Provincial Park which is situated on Trans-Canada Hwy 1 overlooking the Thompson River about 6 km (4 miles) east of Lytton.

Boston Bar First Nation
The main Boston Bar First Nation community which is affiliated with the Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribal Council is located just south of Boston Bar at Kopchitchin I.R. No. 2.

Information on Boston Bar



Map of Boston Bar
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Trans-Canada Hwy 1
Trans-Canada Hwy 1


Old Logging Equipment
Old Logging Equipment


CP on CN Tracks at Boston Bar
CP on CN Tracks at Boston Bar


Historic Cable Car
Historic Cable Car

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