Today we visited Hope,BC, Yale,BC and the Othello Tunnels. Decided that I will write 3 separate blogs.
|Welcome to Hope,BC|
Hope,BC is just an hour from Aldergrove on TC Hwy 1 and the site of Fort Hope with only markers remaining. Located on the Fraser River surrounded by majestic mountains, it is known as the chainsaw carving capital with more than 50 wood sculptures and First Nations carvings placed in locations around the town. The Sto:lo and Nlaka'pamuc people have lived here for thousands of years. Each fall thousands of salmon return to the streams of their birth. It is also the site of the 1965 Hope Slide in which an entire mountain split in two and collapsed on the valley floor.
|Fort Hope History|
|Plaque in Centennial Park|
|By the Big Bear|
|About the Sto:Lo People|
We stopped at the Visitor Center and Museum and they suggested we drive into Yale for the Strawberry Festival and also tour the Othello Tunnels. www.hopebc.ca
|Visitor Center and Museum|
|Carving Display in Museum|
|HBC Display of Fort|
Hollywood has filmed several movies in the area with the Rambo "First Blood" the most documented. Other movies filmed here include "Shoot to Kill","Hope Springs" and the "Pledge". Must admit have not seen any. The visitor brochure documents the route Stallone took on the motorcycle escape.
There are many hiking and biking trails offering spectacular views and the area offers some of the best conditions for gliding.
|Pointing to Mt Hope|
The Japanese Friendship Garden was built in 1991 and is dedicated to all the Japanese-Canadians sent to interment camps during WWII. During the war 2300 were interned at Tashme.
|Plaque for Garden|
On separate blogs will write about our hike thru the Othello Tunnels in nearby "Coquihalla Canyon Provinical Park" and jaunt up to Yale.