Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Stop by the Hope Visitor Centre and take a walk through the adjoining Hope Museum.
Here you will find a rich exploration of the region's history from the Sto:lo First Nations people, their first encounter with explorer Simon Fraser, and the building of the Hudson Bay Company's Fort Hope. Nearby Yale offers further historic exploration.
Self-Guided Walking Tour
Pick up a self-guided walking tour map and follow it along the historic riverfront, around Memorial Park and past the small Japanese Friendship Gardens, dedicated to all of the 2,300 Japanese-Canadians who were sent to internment camps nearby during the Second World War. The walk points out Hope's masterful chainsaw wood carvings and, with Rambo fans in mind, several of the First Blood film sites.
Christ Church National Historic Site
This white clapboard, Gothic Revival-styled Anglican Church first ministered to gold rush prospectors. Built on this site in 1861, the church still holds services making it the longest serving parish on the British Columbia mainland.
In summer, costumed interpreters bring its history alive. Many of the original lead-paned windows were brought by steamship from England.
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