A group of friends walking on a bridge (Patrice Halley photo)
Ever since explorer Simon Fraser remarked, "We have surely encountered the gates of hell," the narrow river channel called "Hell's Gate" has been a star attraction of Lytton and the Fraser Canyon.
With 200 million gallons/760 million litres of water crashing through a 33m/110ft wide passage every minute, waves thunder into violent whirlpools as they hurtle downstream. The flow is twice the volume of Niagara Falls.
For an up-close encounter with this raging river, hop aboard Hell's Gate Airtram in one of two fully automated twin cabin air trams that glide 152m/500ft down to a patio complex. Here, at the water's edge, is Simon's Cafe restaurant, a gold panning flue and a carving called The Simon Fraser Wall, which depicts the explorer's perilous passage.
Hell’s Gate Airtram also has a fudge factory, a haunted gift shop, a suspension bridge and more.
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43111 Trans Canada Hwy
Boston Bar, British Columbia
Drive the scenic Fraser Canyon with its 7 mountain tunnels through the historic heart of British Columbia & relive the biggest 'rush' on the Gold Rush Trail. Hell's Gate Airtram is in a location so unique, the 'afterlife' have come back to use it as a playground. Early explorers refer to it as 'a place where no human being should venture' and man & nature battle here for supremacy. Experience this place for yourself as you exchange mountain ranges aboard one of the only descending gondolas in North America.
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