As the search for gold
moved up the Fraser River, communities began to spring up, many
around existing Hudson Bay Company posts such as Fort Hope. Situated
on the banks of the Fraser with the Cascade Mountains as its backdrop,
Hope was and continues to be a favorite resting point for travelers
along the Gold Rush Trail.
Known as “the Chainsaw Carving Capital of Canada”, Hope
offers a walking tour amidst giant wooden sculptures carved by a
local chainsaw artist. To find out more of what Hope has to offer,
stop in at the Hope Information Center (just off the Trans Canada
Highway on Water Avenue), which is also the location of the Hope
Museum. Don’t miss Hope’s most popular tourist attraction;
the abandoned Othello-Quintette railway tunnels, forged through
the Coquihalla gorge where the river had cut a 300-foot deep channel.