Rafting the Thompson River



A group of friends walking on a bridge (Patrice Halley photo)

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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