Alexandra Bridge in the Fraser Canyon

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Outdoor Adventures in the Fraser Canyon

Two hours from Vancouver, the mighty Fraser River has carved a deep gorge through the Coast Mountains. This Fraser Canyon has been home to BC’s First Nations for millennia, and it played a major role in the Cariboo Gold Rush as miners made their way through the canyon en route to imagined riches. Now the rugged landscape attracts outdoor adventurists who come to whitewater raft, fish for giant sturgeon, hike through abandoned railway tunnels and explore the site at Hell’s Gate.

Things to Do

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The Othello Tunnels

The Othello Tunnels are a series of railway tunnels and bridges built into the sides of the Coquihalla Canyon, a 91m/300ft deep granite gorge. This amazing engineering feat, completed for the Kettle Valley Railway in 1914, still counts among the most expensive miles of rail bed ever built. The tunnels are now part of a walking trail in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. 

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Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park

This small park along the Fraser River, 40km (25 mi) north of Hope, is a perfect place to stretch your legs and take some great pictures. The historic Alexandra Bridge, constructed in 1926 on the abutments of the original 1863 bridge, sits just outside the park boundaries, but visitors to the park can take advantage of picnic facilities and follow a short hiking trail to cross the bridge. Trails in this area were part of the original route to the Cariboo gold fields.

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Hell's Gate Airtram

Hell’s Gate, described 200 years ago by explorer Simon Fraser as a place “where no human being should venture”, is where the Fraser River surges through a narrow gorge at 760 million litres/200 million gallons a minute. Get a bird’s eye view of the rapids from the Hell’s Gate Airtram, one of the only descending gondolas in North America. At the canyon floor, try your hand at gold panning, learn about the area’s history and grab a bowl of salmon chowder. From the suspension bridge, check out the fishways that help salmon navigate the rapids and watch for river rafts hurtling through the whitewater.

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Mighty Fraser Motel & Fat Jack's Diner

This unassuming motel in Boston Bar is a great place to refuel. The on-site diner, Fat Jack's,... Read more serves fantastic, homestyle food that will leave you wanting more. Too hard to choose just one thing on the menu? Consider stopping for the night and indulging in one of Fat Jack's outstanding breakfasts before continuing your journey.

Tuckkwiowhum Village

Learn about life in the canyon centuries ago at Tuckkwiowhum Village, a recreated Nlaka’pamux village near Boston Bar. The village, complete with a traditional pit house, summer lodges and food caches, offers a glimpse into the life of the Nlaka’pamux (or Thompson) people before European contact. Tour the village, browse the gift shop or book ahead to stay the night in a teepee. Watch too, for retreats and classes in a host of traditional skills, from drum making and leather working to food harvesting and preparation.
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Fishing the Fraser River

Imagine landing a 454-kg/1,000-lb giant white sturgeon. At Agassiz, about an hour east of... Read more Vancouver, guides at Fraser River Lodge can take you out in search of this massive prehistoric creature. The area also boasts excellent salmon, steelhead and trout fishing on seldom-fished backcountry rivers.

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Fraser River Lodge

This spectacular, rustic lodge sits on the shores of the Fraser River, about an hour east of Vancouver. Enjoy comfortable and charming accommodation and incredible food in a gorgeous natural setting, and take advantage of expert guided fishing trips on the Mighty Fraser. This well-known river is known for its outstanding salmon fishing opportunities, but perhaps more impressively for one of the world's best sturgeon fisheries, with fish up to 1,000 lbs.

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Whitewater Rafting in the Fraser Canyon

Cruise beneath soaring cliff walls, watch for bighorn sheep on the canyon’s edge, and hang... Read more on for a white-knuckle ride through the churning waters of the Fraser, Thompson, Nahatlatch, Stein or Coquihalla river. Lytton is often heralded as the rafting capital of Canada and outfitters have been riding these rapids since the late 1970s. If rides like the Devil’s Gorge, Witch’s Cauldron, or Jaws of Death aren’t quite your speed, there are gentler, family-friendly floats to enjoy as well.

Fraser River Raft Expeditions

At Fraser River Raft Expeditions. we are proud to offer a variety of expeditions down the Fraser & its tributaries. The river trips we offer vary from large volume rivers, like the mighty Fraser & Thompson, to small volume such as the Nahatlatch &...
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Kumsheen Rafting Resort

Kumsheen is in the heart of BC's interior where 2 massive rivers, 3 epic mountain ranges, comfort & adventure all meet. Situated on a private acreage above the Thompson River at White Canyon, is the Kumsheen Resort. Amongst the pine trees & balsam...
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REO Rafting Resort

"The joys of life are shared experiences with friends and family." 35 years of excellence. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence & AAA recommended.

Our river's edge retreat provides a truly stunning setting with 1 km of prime frontage alo...

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Places to Stay

Colonial '900' Motel

This 18 unit, single level, colonial-style motel is nestled within the shade of Mt Hope, cooled by the Coquihalla River. A quiet, extra clean & comfortable place to rest after a long drive. Queen & king-size beds, kitchenettes available. Free WiFi...
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Canyon Alpine Motel

Come to the Canyon Alpine Motel, a scenic location in the Fraser Canyon. 10 minutes from Hell's Gate tourist attraction. Ride the Fraser River rapids, one of the roughest rivers in British Columbia.
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Skihist Provincial Park

Quiet & peaceful campsites with views of the Thompson River canyon. Day use area, wheelchair access, drinking water, flush & pit toilets, sani-station, fire rings, hiking & fishing.
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Getting Here and Around

Getting to the Fraser Canyon

By car is the best way to explore the Fraser Canyon. Make a full day of it from Vancouver or a... Read more multi-day loop through Kamloops and back again. From Vancouver, Hope is a two hour drive East on Highway 1, then continue north through the Fraser Canyon towards Lytton. To do the full loop, continue towards Kamloops and then back to Vancouver via the Coquihalla Highway.

Mighty Fraser Circle Route

Drive through undulating pasture land next to the legendary Fraser River. The entire ... Read more href="/driving-routes/60/mighty-fraser-circle-route.aspx">Mighty Fraser Country destination stretches east from Langley and Pitt Meadows to Hope and up to Lytton. Two major highways ribbon their way across this vast beautiful parcel of land – Scenic Highway 7 and the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1). Scenic Highway 7 connects with several routes before hooking up with the Trans-Canada Highway via Highway 11 or Highway 9, or at the junction in Hope.

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