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“A Devilishly good time at Hell's Gate”

Hell's Gate Airtram
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Hope
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Drive the Scenic Fraser Canyon with its’ seven mountain tunnels through the historic heart of British Columbia and relive the biggest ‘rush’ on the Gold Rush Trail. A location so unique the ‘afterlife’ have come back to use it as a playground. Early explorers refer to it as “a place where no human being should venture”, and man & nature battle here for supremacy.
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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387 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
“A Devilishly good time at Hell's Gate”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

SPECTACULAR is a much over-used word but it is just the right one for this cable car ride into the Fraser Canyon.
The ride down gives scenic views up and down the river including the point it boils through a bottleneck where fishways have been created to help salmon past this difficult point.
Descending 500ft whets the appetite for what is to come because it is then possible to walk round and out over a bridge made from hollowed metal gratings which allows you to see right down to the raging river below.
This close to the rock walls it is possible to see fleeting shadows of salmon fighting their way up along the river's edge as well as the vicious pace of the river pitted against them.
Visitors can then walk on up a trail or return to buildings on the far side of the river which contain various history points detailing how the fishways were created.
It is ironic that man who created the solution had also created the original problem for salmon after a large rock slide caused by a Canadian Northern Railway construction fell into the river in 1914, narrowing the river's flow and increasing its power at that point.
All this and subsequent efforts to help salmon are detailed together with facts and figures of the area, gift shops, various eating points and even a "haunted" stove.
Definitely worth a visit but keep your eyes open for any coach parties arriving at the same time as you because this can cause delays queueing for the tram ride down into the canyon.

Visited September 2013
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“Exceeded my expectations again....”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Stopped by with some friends today and had a great time. I didn't have to pay as I took advantage of their "Season Pass" promotion that I had purchased earlier in the season. (great deal btw) The friends I was with we're from B.C. as well and had never been there. We all found the prices to be affordable (by today's Tourism standards) and staff helped make our stay that much more enjoyable. Seeing spawning salmon today was a bonus as well!! This attraction is a "must see".

Visited September 2013
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Victoria, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Hell's Gate: The Heart of the Fraser Canyon”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

My wife and I ended our 1,800 km September camping trip with a visit to Hell's Gate. I passed this place 100 times since the '70s and now I finally made it down! The Airtram is your key to experiencing the awe that was and is the historic Fraser Canyon. Stunning rock faces, the history in the railways, the road, the fishways, and the salmon. Includes some fine exhibit galleries as well as an eatery, a gift shop and a fudge shop. The admission includes a Season Pass to the end of the current season. We recommend arriving at opening time (10 a.m.) to beat the crowds by being among the first small group down. It was a beautiful September morning when we went down. It was about 25°C at the top and the guide said that it was predicted to reach 38°C in the afternoon, so you don't need a jacket in the summer. A memorable experience!

Visited September 2013
Thank Sandra N
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Abbotsford, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Great place to visit with family and friends. But there was no full restaurant to eat. Staff was courteous and helpful.

Visited May 2013
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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Our second visit but not our last”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

We had again a great time and enjoyed seeing some salmon, having some icecream and enjoying nature. It's really impressive and worth while a visit.

Visited August 2013
Thank Petra K
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