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Mighty Fraser Circle Route

Kids jumping into the water at Cultus Lake Provincial Park

(BC Parks photo)

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Mighty Fraser Circle Route

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1 to 3 days, 668.54 km (415.41 mi)

Hell's Gate Airtram near Hope (Hell's Gate Airtram photo)
Hell's Gate Airtram near Hope (Hell's Gate Airtram photo)

Drive a stunning route through undulating pasture land, next to the constant presence of the legendary Fraser River. Take side trips to lively communities, each with their own rich history and plenty of things to do.

The entire Mighty Fraser Country destination stretches east from Langley and Pitt Meadows to Hope and Manning Provincial Park. Two major highways ribbon their way across this vast beautiful parcel of land – Scenic Highway 7 and the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1). Scenic Highway 7 connects with several routes before hooking up with the Trans-Canada Highway via Highway 11 or Highway 9, or at the junction in Hope.

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Pitt Lake, Picture BC photo
Part 1
Vancouver to Pitt Meadows

38.28 km - about 0 hours 45 min

Begin in Vancouver, BC’s largest city, and drive west towards Pitt Meadows. The landscape shifts from cityscape to agricultural lands filled with horses, cows and berry bushes. Near Pitt Meadows, Pitt Lake is a popular place for kayaking and canoeing.

Maple Ridge, Picture BC photo
Part 2
Maple Ridge

5.53 km - about 0 hours 7 min

Continue west to Maple Ridge, which blends urban amenities with rural activities. If time permits, visit Golden Ears Provincial Park for swimming, horseback riding, biking, hiking or bird watching.

Part 3
Mission

27.43 km - about 0 hours 31 min

From Maple Ridge, drive to Mission. Many anglers are drawn to Mission to search for huge sturgeon lurking in the Fraser River, while others visit the Powerhouse at Stave Falls.

Harrison Beach, Picture BC photo
Part 4
Harrison Hot Springs

52.05 km - about 0 hours 52 min

Natural mineral water at Harrison Hot Springs makes this a logical place to get out the car, stretch your legs, and then plunge into steamy pools. The beach is also a prime spot for relaxing. On the way to Harrison Hot Springs, look up – nearby Harrison Mills is known for its large population of bald eagles.

Historic Church in Yale, BC Heritage photo
Part 5
Historic Yale

58.94 km - about 0 hours 53 min

The drives moves from west to north. Make a stop in the historic site of Yale. Dress in period clothing to join the interactive experience and discover the lives of pioneers.

Hell's Gate Airtram, Hell's Gate Airtram photo
Part 6
Fraser Canyon and Hell's Gate

30.30 km - about 0 hours 29 min

The Fraser Canyon is an impressive section of this route. River waters rush past steep walls and gorges, while farmlands flank the mountains. To gain appreciation for the power of the Fraser River, stop at Hell’s Gate to ride the air tram over the white water.

Whitewater rafting between Spences Bridge and Lytton, Tom Ryan photo
Part 7
Lytton

53.73 km - about 0 hours 37 min

Continue north to Lytton – it’s a literal hotspot. The town is nicknamed “Canada’s Hot Spot” and is also a huge river rafting destination.

Othello Tunnels
Part 8
Hope and Othello Tunnels

107.55 km - about 1 hours 16 min

Make Lytton the turnaround point and drive back through the Fraser Canyon to Hope. Hope is a major junction for road trip travellers, some of whom drive through and miss the unique attractions in the area. View the chainsaw carvings that are scattered throughout town, and walk through the nearby Othello Tunnels, which were blasted out of solid cliffs.

Minter Gardens, Tom Ryan photo
Part 9
Manning Provincial Park and Chilliwack

184.48 km - about 2 hours 7 min

Head east of Hope to Manning Provincial Park. The park’s pristine forests are lined with hiking trails. In summer, many of the alpine meadows are carpeted with colourful wildflowers.

After exploring Manning, backtrack west to the south side of the Fraser River. Chilliwack’s Minter Gardens have year-round displays, and Cultus Lake is a great place to cool off in summer. Chilliwack bills itself as the “City of Festivals”, meaning there’s often a celebration happening in town.

Abbotsford Farm Country, Picture BC photo
Part 10
Abbotsford, Fort Langley and Return to Vancouver

110.25 km - about 1 hours 31 min

Once again firmly rooted in the Fraser Valley, continue west to Abbotsford and Fort Langley. Stop by a local berry farm – Abbotsford is known for them – to buy a pint of fresh raspberries or blueberries. Fort Langley takes berries one step further with a berry winery. The main draw to Fort Langley, though, is Fort Langley National Historic Site and the quaint streets lined with boutique shops. Return to Vancouver to complete the circle route.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Vancouver to Pitt Meadows - 38.28 km - about 0 hours 45 min
1.

Head southwest on Burrard St toward W Cordova St

0.06 km
2.

Take the 1st left onto W Cordova St

2.33 km
3.

Slight left onto Cordova Diversion

0.10 km
4.

Slight right to stay on Cordova Diversion

0.12 km
5.

Continue onto Powell St

1.52 km
6.

Continue onto Dundas St

0.51 km
7.

Turn right onto Nanaimo St

0.40 km
8.

Turn left onto E Hastings St (signs for BC-7A)

1.78 km
9.

Take the BC-1 E/Trans Canada Highway ramp

0.67 km
10.

Merge onto BC-1 E

17.49 km
11.

Take exit 44 for British Columbia 7 Business E

1.16 km
12.

Merge onto Mary Hill Bypass

6.99 km
13.

Keep left at the fork, follow signs for British Columbia 7 E/Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge/Mission and merge onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E

5.15 km
Part 2 - Maple Ridge - 5.53 km - about 0 hours 7 min
1.

Head southeast on Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E toward Meadow Gardens Way/Park RdDestination will be on the left

5.53 km
Part 3 - Mission - 27.43 km - about 0 hours 31 min
1.

Head east on Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E toward 223 St

26.18 km
2.

Continue onto N Railway AveDestination will be on the right

1.24 km
Part 4 - Harrison Hot Springs - 52.05 km - about 0 hours 52 min
1.

Head northeast on N Railway Ave toward Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E

0.18 km
2.

Continue onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E

7.39 km
3.

Turn right to stay on Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E (signs for Hope)

10.84 km
4.

Turn right to stay on Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E

27.36 km
5.

Continue straight onto Agassiz-Rosedale Hwy/Hot Springs Rd/BC-9 N (signs for Hot Springs Road/Harrison)

6.28 km
Part 5 - Historic Yale - 58.94 km - about 0 hours 53 min
1.

Head south on Agassiz-Rosedale Hwy/Hot Springs Rd/BC-9 S toward Cedar Ave

6.28 km
2.

Turn left onto Agassiz-Rosedale Hwy/Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E/BC-9 S (signs for Agassiz/Hope)

1.56 km
3.

Turn left onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E

30.05 km
4.

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Trans Canada Highway/BC-1 E/Cache Creek and merge onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E

21.04 km
Part 6 - Fraser Canyon and Hell's Gate - 30.30 km - about 0 hours 29 min
1.

Head east on Mary St/Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E toward Regent StContinue to follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 EDestination will be on the left

30.30 km
Part 7 - Lytton - 53.73 km - about 0 hours 37 min
1.

Head northwest on BC-1 E/Trans-Canada Hwy toward China Bar TunnelDestination will be on the left

53.73 km
Part 8 - Hope and Othello Tunnels - 107.55 km - about 1 hours 16 min
1.

Head south on BC-1 W/Trans-Canada Hwy toward Loring Way

107.55 km
Part 9 - Manning Provincial Park and Chilliwack - 184.48 km - about 2 hours 7 min
1.

Head southeast on Water Ave toward Wallace St

0.67 km
2.

Turn left onto Old Hope Princeton Way

2.64 km
3.

Take the Crowsnest Highway E/BC-3 E ramp to Yellowhead Highway N/BC-5 N

0.29 km
4.

Merge onto BC-3 E

3.38 km
5.

Take exit 177 for Crowsnest Highway/BC-3 E toward Princeton/Penticton

0.62 km
6.

Merge onto Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 EDestination will be on the right

59.63 km
7.

Head northwest on Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 W

59.48 km
8.

Keep left at the fork, follow signs for BC-3 W/Crowsnest Highway/Hope and merge onto BC-3 W

7.12 km
9.

Continue onto Trans-Canada HwyDestination will be on the right

50.65 km
1.

Head west on Trans-Canada Hwy toward Exit 119

29.32 km
2.

Take exit 90 for McCallum Road toward City Centre

0.40 km
3.

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto McCallum Rd

0.2 km
4.

At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the British Columbia 1 E ramp to Hope

0.45 km
5.

Merge onto Trans-Canada Hwy (signs for British Columbia 1 E/Hope)Destination will be on the right

1.12 km
6.

Head east on Trans-Canada Hwy toward Exit 92

0.52 km
7.

Take exit 92 toward Mission

0.44 km
8.

Merge onto Sumas Way

0.14 km
9.

Take the Trans Canada Highway/BC-1 W ramp to Vancouver

0.51 km
10.

Merge onto BC-1 W/Trans-Canada Hwy

26.03 km
11.

Take exit 66 for 232 Street toward Fort Langley

0.56 km
12.

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto 232 St

1.63 km
13.

Continue straight onto Rawlison Crescent

0.71 km
14.

Turn right onto Glover RdDestination will be on the left

1.85 km
15.

Head southwest on Glover Rd toward Francis Ave

0.68 km
16.

Turn right onto 88 Ave

6.37 km
17.

Take the Trans-Canada highway/British Columbia1 ramp

0.25 km
18.

Merge onto Trans-Canada HwyPartial toll road

31.82 km
19.

Take exit 26 for Highway 7A W/Hastings Street

0.62 km
20.

Turn left onto E Hastings St

6.04 km
21.

Turn right onto Seymour St

0.10 km
22.

Turn left onto W Cordova St

0.41 km
23.

Turn right onto Burrard St

0.06 km