In 1808, explorer Simon Fraser – while canoeing the river that now bears his name in interior British Columbia – came upon a terrifying sight. At one point, the massive river narrows to just 34 metres and churns through a ferocious set of rapids. He wrote, “This was a place where no human being should venture, for surely we have encountered the gates of hell.”
Despite Fraser’s warning, I decided to venture to Hell’s Gate over the weekend. Located about 2.5 hours northeast of Vancouver along Highway 1, the site is now home to the ever popular Hell’s Gate Airtram, which whisks passengers safely across the rapids without even having to get their feet wet.
Here are a few photos from my descent into the infernal depths of Hell’s Gate: Continue reading:
PHOTO ESSAY: Vancouver Daytrip to the “Gates of Hell”