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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains > Hope

Hope is located 36 km (22 miles) east of Chilliwack and 26 km (16 miles) south of Yale on Trans-Canada Hwy 1, 133 km (83 miles) west of Princeton on Hwy 3 and 110 km (68 miles) south of Merritt on the Coquihalla Hwy 5.

Diverse and Distinct Eco-Systems
Hope is situated in the middle of four very diverse and distinct eco-systems: The community sits at the edge of the Fraser Valley, the Fraser River Canyon, Skagit River Valley and the Coquihalla River plus it is surrounded on all three sides by the Cascade and Coast Mountain Ranges.

Water Street
The west side of Hope sits up against the Fraser River. A town park, gas stations and motels line the Fraser River's edge on Trans-Canada Hwy 1 (Water Street). The well laid-out downtown core is off Water Street, sandwiched between the Fraser and the Coquihalla Rivers.

Visiting Hope
Places for you to visit in Hope include the CNR Railway Station, Fort Hope Trading Post, Doc's Carving Gallery, Japanese Friendship Gardens in Memorial Park, The Hope Arts Gallery and for a coffee or snack the Blue Moose Coffee House.

Chainsaw Carving Capital
Hope is known as the Chainsaw Carving Capital because of all the wooden sculptures found throughout town. First created in 1991 by local artist, Pete Ryan, these carvings will surely amaze you. Make sure you find the time to search out the more than twenty works of art that are on display along the streets in the downtown core or Doc's Carving Gallery located at 314 Hudson Bay Street.

Celebrations and Festivals
Hope has a few celebrations and festivals that are worth your visiting. The main Hope celebration is the annual Hope Brigade Days featuring logger sports and fun for the whole family. For blues music lovers there is Hope Mountain Blues Fest helped put together and sponsored by local musicians.

Good Swimming
If you're here in the summer there is good swimming and boating at Kawkawa Lake. If the children need to cool off and go for a dip, there is the Kawkawa Lake Municipal Park. The park has a beach area, boat launch and is quite kid-friendly.

Othello-Quintette Tunnels
The famous Othello-Quintette Tunnels are located 5 km (3 miles) from Hope along the Coquihalla River just past Kawkawa Lake.

Kawkawa Lake Road
To get to the tunnels when you're in Hope or off Old Hope-Princeton Hwy, head down 6th Avenue to Kawkawa Lake Road. You then follow Kawkawa Lake Road across the Coquihalla River past Kawakawa Lake Municipal Park onto Othello Road. Take Othello Road, then turn on Tunnels Road to the parking lot for the Othello Tunnels.

Andrew McCullough
These five tunnels are an engineering marvel built in 1914 by the Kettle Valley Railway through the steep Coquihalla Gorge into Hope. The Othello Tunnels were named by engineer, Andrew McCullough, an avid reader of Shakespeare.

Kettle Valley Railway
In 1959 the Kettle Valley Railway ceased existence into Hope. The tracks were torn up and eventually made into a trail originally called the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. The trail has since been incorporated into the Trans-Canada Trail allowing you to walk or cycle from Hope across lower British Columbia and the rest of Canada.

Mt. Hope Loop & Lookout Trail
One of Hope's most popular local trails is the Mt. Hope Loop & Lookout Trail. The trail takes you up 500 m (1,640 ft) to the top of Mt. Hope for a viewpoint that overlooks the town, Kawkawa Lake and west towards the Fraser River.

Rambo First Blood
There are some excellent hiking and mountain biking trails throughout the Hope area due to its proximity to lush green forest and fast flowing rivers. This fact helped convince movie producers in 1982, when creating the 'jungles' of the Pacific Northwest, to film 'Rambo First Blood,' starring Sylvester Stallone in Hope. Go to the Visitor Info Centre on Water St. for the latest edition of the free Hope Daytripper's magazine to discover these serene areas.

Hope Golf and Country Club
If you enjoy golf there is a 9-hole golf course called the Hope Golf and Country Club. The course plays next to the picturesque Coquihalla River with views of Thacker Mountain in the background.

Home Restaurant and the Dogwood Valley Café
A couple of favourites restaurants found in Hope are the Home Restaurant on Old Hope Princeton Way and the Dogwood Valley Café at 27052 Baker. The Home features specialty pies and baked goods with very large portions and is a real favourite with the travelers passing through. The Dogwood's main specialty are very large hamburgers all named after transport trucks.

Allow Yourself Time
If you're travelling to Hope from Vancouver, try to allow at least two hours getting to Hope but you have to plan your times right. Although it is 200 km (124 miles) on the freeway from Vancouver, sometimes during afternoon rush hour, the Port Mann Bridge from Coquitlam to Surrey or the traffic in Delta through Surrey can get quite busy.

Travelling to the Okanagan
One way you can travel to the Okanagan is by taking the Crowsnest Hwy 3 from Hope to Princeton. This highway follows the Nicolum Creek up through the Hope slide 18 km (11 miles) east of Hope.

Hope Slide
The Hope Slide information kiosk is well worth the visit. You can learn about this colossal event that happened in 1965, one of the largest slides in Canadian history.

Manning Park Resort
After the slide Hwy 3 continues past Sunshine Valley along the headwaters of the Skagit River into Manning Provincial Park. At Manning Park you can find the Manning Park Resort which features a lodge, cabins, hiking and skiing during the winter.

RV Camping
There are a number of areas where you can RV camp in the Hope vicinity: Othello Tunnels Campground & RV Park and, in Silver Creek, the Holiday Motel & RV Resort, KOA Kampground and Wild Rose Campground and RV Park.

Telte-Yet Campground
The Chawathil First Nation operates Telte-Yet Campground conveniently located at 600 Water Street (Trans-Canada Hwy 1). The Chawathil First Nation communities are part of the much bigger Stó:lõ First Nation.

Provincial Parks
Then, for more rustic campgrounds try Emory Creek Provincial Park only 18 km (11 miles) north of Hope on Trans-Canada Hwy 1 or the many campgrounds situated in E.C. Manning Provincial Park. For fishing and walking try the now closed Nicolum River Provincial Park which is only 8 km (5 miles) east of Hope on Hwy 3 or Skagit River Provincial Park to the south.

Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park
If you're driving north on Trans-Canada Hwy 1 towards Boston Bar, try visiting Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park located 40 km (25 miles) north of Hope. Built in 1925 the Alexandra Bridge crosses the Fraser River 22 km (14 miles) north from Yale. The suspension bridge was at a point where they could cross the canyon over the mighty Fraser River just 1 km (.6 mile) north of Spuzzum, the site of the new bridge.

Hope Information and Links
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Map of Hope
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Fraser River at Hope
Fraser River at Hope




Chainsaw Carving Capital
Chainsaw Carving Capital


Kawkawa Lake Municipal Park
Kawkawa Lake Municipal Park


Othello Tunnels
Othello-Quintette Tunnels


Hope Mountains
Hope Mountains


Coquihalla River Swimming Hole
Coquihalla River Swimming Hole


Coquihalla River Canyon
Coquihalla River Canyon


Home Restaurant
Home Restaurant


Hwy 3 Hope-Princeton
Hwy 3 Hope-Princeton


Hope Slide on Hwy 3
Hope Slide on Hwy 3


Hope Drive-In and Restaurant
Hope Drive-In and Restaurant

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