Fuel Up More Than Your Car in Hope, and Bring Your Bike
Hope might be a gas-station hub for road-trip warriors, but did you know that this town of just over 6,000 is also a hotspot for some seriously good home-cooked meals?
The Owl Street Café, for example, is a “great Canadian pit stop” with melt-in-your mouth omelettes, delicate Dutch Baby pancakes, and decadent caramel lattes. And that’s just breakfast. Consider your next stop as you take in the eatery’s eclectic mélange of owls (ceramic, stuffed, and otherwise)—more than 300 creatures that have been largely donated by customers far and wide.
Home Restaurant feels like, well, home with its warm welcome and just-like-Mom’s comfort food. While technically a chain, the first Home location sprung up in Hope in 1953, and it’s been serving dedicated patrons ever since. This kitchen is currently dishing up a limited menu but be sure to ask “what’s good today.” You might hear about their mushroom, peppers, and tomato veggie-lovers breakfast bowl or their hot turkey sandwich with housemade stuffing smothered in gravy. (Ask if you can get a slice of pie to go.)
For take-out, several hot spots are making it easy for locals and visiting folk to grab and go. At Blue Moose Coffee House, order a cup of joe and a sausage roll or veggie samosa. At the Hope Mountain Café, opt for the berry lemon iced tea and the all-day breakfast poutine. If you love donuts and gooey cinnamon buns, then The Rolling Pin Bakery is for you.
Bike Those Calories Away
It may be wishful thinking, but you could try to two-wheel your calories away. No matter where you fuel up (car and/or stomach), ask the locals where best to hit the mountain biking trail. (If they aren’t eager to spill, provide incentive, like the aforementioned cinnamon buns.) Chances are they’ll steer you to the Hope Bike Park (a.k.a. Coquihalla River Community Park), right next to the Coquihalla Campground. It includes 2.5 acres of woodland with sections for all skill levels, including three pump tracks and seven jump lines.