Alexandra Bridge in the Fraser Canyon
Two hours from Vancouver, the mighty Fraser River has carved a deep gorge through the Coast Mountains. This Fraser Canyon has been home to BC’s First Nations for millennia, and it played a major role in the Cariboo Gold Rush as miners made their way through the canyon en route to imagined riches. Now the rugged landscape attracts outdoor adventurists who come to whitewater raft, fish for giant sturgeon, hike through abandoned railway tunnels and explore the site at Hell’s Gate.
The Othello Tunnels are a series of railway tunnels and bridges built into the sides of the Coquihalla Canyon, a 91m/300ft deep granite gorge. This amazing engineering feat, completed for the Kettle Valley Railway in 1914, still counts among the most expensive miles of rail bed ever built. The tunnels are now part of a walking trail in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park.
This small park along the Fraser River, 40km (25 mi) north of Hope, is a perfect place to stretch your legs and take some great pictures. The historic Alexandra Bridge, constructed in 1926 on the abutments of the original 1863 bridge, sits just outside the park boundaries, but visitors to the park can take advantage of picnic facilities and follow a short hiking trail to cross the bridge. Trails in this area were part of the original route to the Cariboo gold fields.
Hell’s Gate, described 200 years ago by explorer Simon Fraser as a place “where no human being should venture”, is where the Fraser River surges through a narrow gorge at 760 million litres/200 million gallons a minute. Get a bird’s eye view of the rapids from the Hell’s Gate Airtram, one of the only descending gondolas in North America. At the canyon floor, try your hand at gold panning, learn about the area’s history and grab a bowl of salmon chowder. From the suspension bridge, check out the fishways that help salmon navigate the rapids and watch for river rafts hurtling through the whitewater.
This unassuming motel in Boston Bar is a great place to refuel. The on-site diner, Fat Jack's,... Read more serves fantastic, homestyle food that will leave you wanting more. Too hard to choose just one thing on the menu? Consider stopping for the night and indulging in one of Fat Jack's outstanding breakfasts before continuing your journey.
Imagine landing a 454-kg/1,000-lb giant white sturgeon. At Agassiz, about an hour east of... Read more Vancouver, guides at Fraser River Lodge can take you out in search of this massive prehistoric creature. The area also boasts excellent salmon, steelhead and trout fishing on seldom-fished backcountry rivers.
This spectacular, rustic lodge sits on the shores of the Fraser River, about an hour east of Vancouver. Enjoy comfortable and charming accommodation and incredible food in a gorgeous natural setting, and take advantage of expert guided fishing trips on the Mighty Fraser. This well-known river is known for its outstanding salmon fishing opportunities, but perhaps more impressively for one of the world's best sturgeon fisheries, with fish up to 1,000 lbs.
Cruise beneath soaring cliff walls, watch for bighorn sheep on the canyon’s edge, and hang... Read more on for a white-knuckle ride through the churning waters of the Fraser, Thompson, Nahatlatch, Stein or Coquihalla river. Lytton is often heralded as the rafting capital of Canada and outfitters have been riding these rapids since the late 1970s. If rides like the Devil’s Gorge, Witch’s Cauldron, or Jaws of Death aren’t quite your speed, there are gentler, family-friendly floats to enjoy as well.
Our river's edge retreat provides a truly stunning setting with 1 km of prime frontage alo...
By car is the best way to explore the Fraser Canyon. Make a full day of it from Vancouver or a... Read more multi-day loop through Kamloops and back again. From Vancouver, Hope is a two hour drive East on Highway 1, then continue north through the Fraser Canyon towards Lytton. To do the full loop, continue towards Kamloops and then back to Vancouver via the Coquihalla Highway.
Drive through undulating pasture land next to the legendary Fraser River. The entire ... Read more
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