Hope

The district municipality of Hope is at the easternmost point of British Columbia’s lower mainland area and is usually considered to be part of the Fraser Canyon area. Large mountains cover the view in all directions but west, where the view is dominated by the broad lower reaches of the Fraser River. The abundant rivers and lakes surrounding Hope provide excellent fishing opportunities for trout, fly fishing for steelhead, river fishing for salmon, or for sturgeon.

Hope’s unique blend of coastal and interior climates provide an abundance of wildlife and birdwatching opportunities, including marmots, blue herons, cougars, eagles, otters and spawning salmon. The Kawkawa Lake, Lake of the Woods, Silver Lake, and numerous other nearby lakes offer tranquil paddling for outdoor activities. In addition, the Coquihalla River and the Fraser River at various times are good entry level kayking rivers.

The region has some unique attractions that are a “must see” for visitors in the area. The Othello Quintette Tunnels is a series of tunnels, blasted for the now defunct Kettle Valley Railway, which are considered to be on of the world’s greatest engineering feats. Visitors can also take a self-guided tour of nearly 100 beautiful sculptures and carvings throughout the town. An international Chainsaw Carving Competition takes place here annually, which is why Hope is known as the “Chainsaw Capital of the World”.

Three totems in Hope.

Location

Located at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers, 154 km (96 mi) east of Vancouver, at the southern terminus of the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) and the western terminus of the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3), where they merge with the Trans-Canada Highway 1. It can also be reached via Lougheed Highway (Hwy 7) which runs on the north side of the Fraser River from Vancouver.

A Step Back in Time

The Native Heritage of the Hope and Fraser Canyon area is rich in culture and tradition. The Sto:lo people can trace their heritage back between 9,000 and 11,000 years. That history goes hand in hand with life on the Fraser River.

Simon Fraser passed through Hope in search of a waterway to the coast, and the Hudson Bay Company had a fur trading fort here. When gold was discovered, Hope, like many of the settlements in this region, suddenly became a bustling waypoint for traders and prospectors, bringing pioneers from all over the globe.

In 1929, Hope was incorporated as a Village. It became a Town in 1965, and finally, became the District of Hope in 1992.

The Fraser River viewed from Hope.

Contact Information

Tourism Hope

Hope & Nearby Accommodations

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Coquihalla Campground

Coquihalla Campground

Hope

The Coquihalla Campground has approximately 117 camping sites and is located along the Coquihalla River. Approximately 32 are full service hook-ups with cable. The park has access to a variety of fishing opportunities in the area from fly fishing to river boat fishing tours. In addition, it is in a ... Read more
Holiday Motel & RV Resort

Holiday Motel & RV Resort

Hope

Nestled at the foot of Mount Hope with several Sasquatch caves to explore, Holiday Motel & RV Resort is a great place to bring the family for a fun filled vacation. Our friendly and helpful staff awaits to provide you exceptional service to create an unforgettable experience. We have different types ... Read more
Othello Tunnels Campground & RV Park

Othello Tunnels Campground & RV Park

Hope

The Best Camping in the bottom of the Coquihalla Canyon along the Trans Canada Trail in a very scenic mountainous area with wild flowers, beautiful trees, open spacious sites from full hookups to tents, electric sites with picnic tables, firepits in all sites. Nov-Mar 10% discount on daily rates. ... Read more
Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins

Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins

Hope

Located near Hope, BC, Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins is a fantastic year-round vacation destination. Nearby Manning Provincial Park offers exceptional skiing and snowboarding in the winter and breathtaking hiking trails in the summer. ATV trails directly accessible from the resort turn into sno ... Read more
Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Springs Camping & RV Park

Harrison Hot Springs

Beautiful, peaceful, gated campground. Just passed the welcome sign on left, 300 metres. Full serviced 30-50 amp. Cable TV, private treed sites accommodating any size unit. Some camp sites are in wilderness, light forest setting. Clean family oriented. Modern facilities with exceptionally clean wash ... Read more
Cheam Fishing Village and Campground

Cheam Fishing Village and Campground

Agassiz

The Cheam Fishing Village & Campground is located on traditional fishing grounds of the Cheam First Nation people. Nestled on the shores of the majestic Fraser River, the Cheam Fishing Village & Campground is a family-oriented campground with campsites that range from waterfront to parklike settings ... Read more
Camperland RV Resort & Cabins

Camperland RV Resort & Cabins

Rosedale

Nestled at the base of Mt. Cheam and situated off the Trans Canada Highway, Camperland RV Resort is the perfect base for travellers or families wanting to escape their busy lives for a relaxing and fun vacation. Adjacent to Bridal Veil Provincial Park and Bridal Falls Waterpark, the whole family wil ... Read more
Bridal Falls Motel

Bridal Falls Motel

Rosedale

A short walk to Bridal Veil Falls, water park, Golf Course and Driving Range. Walking distance to stores and restaurants. Monthly rates available in off season. ... Read more
Kilby Park Campground

Kilby Park Campground

Harrison Mills

Kilby Park is situated on the confluence of scenic Harrison and Fraser rivers in Harrison Mills, B.C. The Park features a beautiful 35-site campground, a day use area, sandy beaches, nature trails and a boat launch. The Park is at the west end of Kilby Road, within walking distance of the Kilby Hist ... Read more
Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Cottonwood Meadows RV Country Club

Chilliwack

Situated at a great location, two minutes from downtown Chilliwack, surrounded by beautiful trees, birds and fish in a creek. Located next to Chilliwack Heritage Park and Cheam Golf Course. Open all year round. ... Read more
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