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Hells Gate, Hope

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Hells Gate is an abrupt narrowing of British Columbia's Fraser River, located immediately downstream of Boston Bar in the southern Fraser Canyon. The towering rock walls of the Fraser River plunge toward each other forcing the waters through a passage only 35m wide. It is also the name of the rural locality at the same location.For centuries, the narrow passage has been a popular fishing ground for Aboriginal communities in the area. European settlers also began to congregate there in the summer months to fish. Eventually, the Fraser Canyon became a route used by gold rush miners wishing to access the upper Fraser gold-bearing bars and the upper country beyond up the Fraser and the Thompson. In the 1880s the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) built a transcontinental railroad that passed along the bank at Hells Gate, and in 1911 the Canadian Northern Railway (CNR) began constructing a second track. In 1914 a large rockslide triggered by CNR construction fell into the river at Hells Gate, obstructing the passage of Pacific salmon needing to swim upstream to spawn. Salmon had difficulty passing through the now swifter water, and were appearing in increased numbers downstream below the Hells Gate passage and in tributary rivers and streams that they had not inhabited before. In the winter of 1914 debris removal began, and in 1915 the river was pronounced clear. However many biologists claim that the river was permanently altered and the salmon migration would forever remain disturbed by the slide.
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  • Completely breathtaking. Absolutely recommend this place. Beautiful Scenery with lots of culture. Can't go wrong taking a family trip here always something new to see.  more »
  • Hell's Gate is a real spectacle. An air tram ride takes you to a small museum that depicts the Frazier party's passing through and there are short films on that and related topics. There is also a sma...  more »
  • My partner and I visited Hells Gate today, 18 April. It is off-season in the Hope area so there werent many others around. It was around $50 CAD for us to take the airtram to Hells gate below. The rid...  more »