Hell’s Gate, British Columbia

In the summer of 2015 my mom, my friend, and I drove out from Calgary, Alberta to White Rock, British Columbia. We made a few stops along the way and one of them was to Hell’s Gate Airtram . This was a unique experience and would definitely recommend stopping, if you are willing to go a bit our of your way.

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The sign at the beginning says,

“A man’s legacy: The early explorer Simon Fraser documented his death defying journey to the Pacific Ocean. This section of the Fraser River over 1000 feet below you was compared in Simon’s journal to ‘the gates of hell’ because of its thundering rapids and terrifying white water. Historians now refer to this area as Hell’s Gate.”

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Picture of the sign…just in case you didn’t believe me 😉

 

If you would like to learn more about when this tourist site was created, a bit more about the history, and the Hell’s Gate Salmon Fishways then I would recommend clicking here.

It did not take a lot of time to check everything out, I would give yourself at least a couple of hours to be able to walk from the parking lot across the road, purchase your tickets (right now it is listed as $22 for adults), ride the tram across, and then explore that side. On their site it states, “Admission prices include: round trip tram ride, museum / education centre, suspension bridge & observation decks”. Trams depart about every 10-15 minutes, so you should not have to wait too long to go and come back.

Overall, I felt like this was a fun and unique experience. Plus, they have a fudge factory with some pretty great fudge. The staff were friendly and answered any questions we had. For more information I would visit their site.

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