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If you’ve ever been to British Columbia then you know that it is a beautiful place, if you haven’t been then you should get here to check it out! There are so many neat places to explore and experience and today I’m going to focus on Hell’s Gate. Here you will find 15 reasons to visit Hell’s Gate British Columbia. Located on the outskirts of Boston Bar, you will find this little gem of an experience. While the gorge in the canyon is a mere 110ft wide, there are hundreds of millions of litres of water rushing through it each minute…750 million to be exact. It is the Fraser River.
While Simon Fraser was in search of a better fur trade route back in the day (1808), he commented that this gorge truly was the gates of hell and so it was named Hell’s Gate. For those who love a good haunting, there are many tales of haunting experiences here and since this canyon has seen the demise of many explorers in years past, especially during the 1800-1900’s, it is very possible that ghosts are floating around. I haven’t experienced a ghostly encounter here yet… 🙂
Whether you are road tripping somewhere or just looking for a day trip, this place is worth a stop. Because it is right on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway, that means there is no off course driving. I know that can sometimes be an issue if you are road tripping…it is literally right there on the side of the highway…approximately 40 minutes north of Hope…while only 2 – 1/2 hours west of Kamloops and just a 2 – 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver.
Hell’s Gate is a magnificent sight to see, with breathtaking views and fun activities for the whole family. Even if you are travelling by yourself, with your pet (make sure you bring a leash) or with friends, make sure to stop and check it out. You can take the airtram down over the river or hike down the access road and cross the bridge. Standing on that bridge is a crazy feeling since the bridge is mesh…it’s so cool and scary at the same time.
Hell’s Gate is open daily from mid April to mid October, opening at 10am everyday, closing at 5pm during the summer months and at 4pm all other days of the season. Click here for exact dates.
Parking is FREE!
Pet’s are allowed with a leash.
You can even book this location for special events in the after hours! I would like to try this one day!
Here are 15 reasons to stop in and visit Hell’s Gate BC…
15 reasons to visit Hell’s Gate British Columbia!
1. First of all, the exhilarating experience of being suspended over this incredible canyon or even walking over it, is something in itself. The views are truly incredible. If you take the tram down, make sure to walk over the bridge so you get to experience both.
2. If you live in the lower mainland, it’s pretty close and if you’re road tripping through BC, especially along Hwy 1, it is quite likely on the way to your destination.
3. Hell’s Gate has one of the only descending airtrams in North America. Good enough reason to check it out!
At the bottom you will find…
4. Simon’s Cafe is there for you if you need a bite to eat. It is a great place to stop for your lunch break on your travels!!
5. The Fisheries Exhibit offers information on the salmon run, including a short film, as well as short films about Simon Fraser’s experience on and above the river and about the gold that some believe is still lurking in the canyon. Admission to the fisheries exhibit is included in the airtram fair.
6. Have you ever wanted to try Gold Panning?? Hell’s Gate has you covered! Check out their gold panning activity to learn about gold panning and try it out yourself.
7. Check out the Gold Panner Gift Shop for some shopping…maybe you’d like to take home a souvenir to remember your visit!
8. Walk on the observation decks and see the canyon from different angles…
9. While you’re down here, it’s kind of hard to miss Simon’s Wall…it is a life like portrayal of Simon Fraser’s journey through the Fraser Canyon.
10. Don’t forget to pop into the Fudge Factory!!! Along with making a wide variety of flavoured fudge, they also have many other candies to choose from, including a couple of my childhood faves…mini jaw-breakers and rock candy!! The best and so yummy.
Here are a few events for 2017…
11. May 28th, 2017 is Canyon Appreciation Day and admission is by donation.
12. July 1st is Canada’s 150th Birthday! Therefore, Hell’s Gate will be hosting a celebratory event.
13. August 18th is the Simon Fraser event. I am unsure of what happens at this celebration, so you will just have to visit on this day to see what all the fuss is about!
14. October 9th is the Annual Pumpkin Drop. Therefore, you need to bring a pumpkin and if it’s carved, you will receive a free ride. They even have a target for you to aim for!
15. Every Saturday during the summer months, Hell’s Gate offers a Salmon BBQ on the patios. I have been to this location many times and I actually only just found out about this one!! I love salmon and will definitely be trying this sometime in the near future!
If you’d like to see what you’re in for before hand, check out the Hell’s Gate Photo Gallery.
Are you looking for a guidebook for your British Columbia travels?
Look for Lonely Planet’s:
British Columbia & Canadian Rockies
You can purchase them here!
Happy travels and I hope you enjoy your visit!!