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

North Bend
Situated across the Fraser River from Boston Bar on the west side of the Fraser Canyon is North Bend. Home to Canadian Pacific Railway divisional headquarters since 1885, North Bend has served as a crew exchange point for trains coming from either Vancouver or Kamloops.

Aerial Car Ferry
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 on cables. The aerial car was capable of transporting one vehicle with passengers or up to 40 people.

Cog Harrington Bridge
In January 1986 the Cog Harrington Bridge was opened by the Highways Minister the Honorable Alex V. Fraser replacing the cable car tramway. This really opened up the west side of the Fraser River for people to explore.

Local Businesses
Unfortunately, because of the ease to go over to Boston Bar, many of the local businesses of North Bend couldn't compete with the larger stores in Boston Bar and ended up closing. Buildings still present include: Kopchitchin Clinic, North Bend Hall and Almer Carlson Pool.

Jim & Vicky's 'Canyon Ranchlands'
One business that still exists in North Bend is Jim & Vicky's 'Canyon Ranchlands.' Jim & Vicky's can offer you guided horse rides that include tracing along old traditional Native fishing trails that are possibly thousands of years old. 'Canyon Ranchlands' is open all year long, offering accommodation plus a small café that serves homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner to its clients.

Exploring
If you're over on the North Bend side, there are lots of places to discover up and down the Fraser River. Just a reminder, though, when you are on the back roads, please remember to slow down and watch for logging trucks, equipment and workers on the roadway.

Scuzzy Creek
Travelling south from North Bend on the west side of the Fraser, you go down Green Ranch Road along the Fraser River until the road comes to Scuzzy Creek. From here the forest service turns inland for a few kms (miles) to Scuzzy Creek Recreational Site. This is a small site but there is some fishing and near-beautiful areas especially near 2,217 metre (7,274 feet) high Scuzzy Mountain

Nahatlatch Valley
If you do travel north from North Bend on the west side, the road follows the Fraser upstream until it crosses the Nahatlatch River just before the railway point of Keefers. From here you enter a very pristine area called the Nahatlatch Valley where the local First Nations have deemed as sacred for thousands of years.

Nahatlatch Provincial Park
Nahatlatch Provincial Park is located approximately 23 km (14 miles) north-west of North Bend on the Nahatlatch Forest Service Road. The park was established to help preserve and protect a very large intact wetland. Three lakes - Frances, Hannah and Nahatlatch - offer recreation sites with great Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden fishing.

Kayaking the Nahatlatch River
Whitewater enthusiasts will find rafting or kayaking down the continuous rapids on the Nahatlatch River just as exciting as the Thompson or Fraser but totally undiscovered. There is also some canoeing in more placid waters plus the odd swimming hole located in some backwater pools.

Alpine Trails
If you enjoy walking, the area features alpine trails throughout with excellent opportunities for wildlife and scenic photography. There are also old mining and exploration roads offering some mountain biking.

Mehati Creek Provincial Park
If you decide to travel further west from Nahatlach Provincial Park you come to Mehati Creek Provincial Park. Located approximately 48 km (30 miles) from North Bend, Mehati Creek Provincial Park offers alpine meadows, spectacular views of mountain ridges and a walk into Mehati Falls.

Canadian Pacific Railway
When you do travel over to North Bend there are some railway crossings. Expect some time delays as this railway corridor can be quite busy at all times.

Information on North Bend

 

 

Map of North Bend
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Cog Harrington Bridge
Cog Harrington Bridge

 

Jim & Vicky's 'Canyon Ranchlands'
Jim & Vicky's 'Canyon Ranchlands'

 

Fraser River
Fraser River

 

Railway Crossing
Railway Crossing

 

Exploring the Nahatlatch Valley
Exploring the Nahatlatch Valley

 
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