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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. .