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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, 670.18 km (416.43 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

37.91 km - about 0 hours 35 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

27.29 km - about 0 hours 23 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

52.03 km - about 0 hours 43 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

58.92 km - about 0 hours 47 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

30.33 km - about 0 hours 26 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

55.81 km - about 0 hours 49 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

107.58 km - about 1 hours 29 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

184.46 km - about 2 hours 6 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

110.32 km - about 1 hours 22 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 - 37.91 km - about 0 hours 35 min
1.

Head southwest on Burrard St toward W Cordova St

0.06 km
2.

Take the 1st left onto W Cordova St

2.32 km
3.

Turn right onto Hawks Ave

0.10 km
4.

Take the 1st left onto E Hastings St/Route 7A

4.01 km
5.

Turn right to merge onto BC-1 E

16.70 km
6.

Take exit 44 for United Blvd/British Columbia 7B E/British Columbia 7 E

0.77 km
7.

Keep left to continue toward Mary Hill Bypass/BC-7B

0.66 km
8.

Keep left to continue toward Mary Hill Bypass/BC-7B

1.10 km
9.

Continue onto Mary Hill Bypass/BC-7B

7.04 km
10.

Take the 7 East ramp on the left to Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge/Mission

0.38 km
11.

Merge onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E (signs for British Columbia 7 W/Coquitlam)

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

Auf Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E nach Südosten Richtung Meadow Gardens Way/Park Rd starten

5.40 km
2.

Geradeaus auf Lougheed HwyDas Ziel befindet sich auf der linken Seite.

0.13 km
Part 3 - Mission - 27.29 km - about 0 hours 23 min
1.

Auf Lougheed Hwy nach Westen Richtung 222 St starten

0.09 km
2.

Links abbiegen auf 222 St/BC-7Weiter auf BC-7

2.51 km
3.

Leicht rechts abbiegen auf Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E (Schilder nach Mission)

23.44 km
4.

Weiter auf N Railway AveDas Ziel befindet sich auf der rechten Seite.

1.24 km
Part 4 - Harrison Hot Springs - 52.03 km - about 0 hours 43 min
1.

Head northeast on N Railway Ave toward 1 Ave/Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 W

0.19 km
2.

Slight right onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 E

7.38 km
3.

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

38.18 km
4.

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

6.28 km
Part 5 - Historic Yale - 58.92 km - about 0 hours 47 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)

1.55 km
3.

Turn left onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 W

30.03 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

21.06 km
Part 6 - Fraser Canyon and Hell's Gate - 30.33 km - about 0 hours 26 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

30.33 km
Part 7 - Lytton - 55.81 km - about 0 hours 49 min
1.

Head northwest on Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E

53.79 km
2.

Turn left onto Lytton-Lillooet Hwy/Main St/BC-12 N

0.90 km
3.

Turn left onto 2 St

0.08 km
4.

Turn left onto Fraser St

0.08 km
5.

Take the 1st left onto 1 St

0.09 km
6.

Take the 2nd right onto Lytton-Lillooet Hwy/Main St/BC-12 S

0.79 km
7.

Slight right (signs for Trans-Canada Highway/BC-1 W)Destination will be on the right

0.08 km
Part 8 - Hope and Othello Tunnels - 107.58 km - about 1 hours 29 min
1.

Head southeast toward Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E

0.04 km
2.

Merge onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W

107.54 km
Part 9 - Manning Provincial Park and Chilliwack - 184.46 km - about 2 hours 6 min
1.

Head southeast on Trans-Canada Hwy/Water Ave/BC-1 W toward Wallace St

0.67 km
2.

Turn left onto Old Hope Princeton Way

2.52 km
3.

Slight right to stay on Old Hope Princeton Way (signs for Crowsnest Highway E/BC-3 E/Yellowhead Highway N/BC-5 N)

0.52 km
4.

Merge onto BC-3 E

3.18 km
5.

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

0.73 km
6.

Continue onto Crowsnest Trail/BC-3 E

59.61 km
7.

Head northwest on Crowsnest Trail/BC-3 W

59.46 km
8.

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

7.35 km
9.

Continue onto BC-1 WDestination will be on the right

50.44 km
1.

Head west on BC-1 W toward Exit 119

29.32 km
2.

Take exit 90 for McCallum Road toward City Centre

0.41 km
3.

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

0.20 km
4.

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

0.48 km
5.

Merge onto BC-1 E (signs for British Columbia 1 E/Hope)

1.10 km
6.

Head east on BC-1 E

0.52 km
7.

Take exit 92 toward Mission

0.44 km
8.

Merge onto Sumas Way/BC-11 N

0.14 km
9.

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

0.52 km
10.

Merge onto BC-1 W

26.02 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

1.67 km
13.

Continue 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/Trans Canada Trail toward Francis AveContinue to follow Glover Rd

0.68 km
16.

Turn right onto 88 Ave

6.35 km
17.

Take the Trans-Canada Highway/British Columbia 1 ramp

0.27 km
18.

Merge onto BC-1 WPartial toll road

30.82 km
19.

Take exit Exit 27 toward First Ave

0.22 km
20.

Keep left at the fork to continue toward E 1st Ave

0.03 km
21.

Turn left onto E 1st Ave

3.66 km
22.

Continue onto Terminal Ave

1.69 km
23.

Turn right onto Main St N/BC-1A N/BC-99A N

0.52 km
24.

Turn left onto the British Columbia 1A W ramp to City Centre/BC-99 N

0.31 km
25.

Continue onto Dunsmuir Viaduct/BC-1A N/BC-99A NContinue to follow BC-1A N/BC-99A N

1.26 km
26.

Continue straight onto Dunsmuir St

0.20 km
27.

Turn right onto Burrard St

0.39 km