PHOTO ESSAY: Vancouver Daytrip to the “Gates of Hell”

HellsGateEssay (1 of 13)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”

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Fill up your calendar for June’s first Friday to Sunday!  There’s so much to do, and only three days to do them all in… Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Haunted Canyon? Ghost-hunting at Hell’s Gate Airtram

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When Simon Fraser, the great fur trader and explorer, first stumbled upon British Columbia’s Hell’s Gate canyon in 1808, he declared: “This was a place where no human being should venture.”

From the raging rapids of the Fraser River, sheer rock walls rise to a height of more than 1,000 meters.  Over the centuries, hundreds of miners and railroad workers plunged to their doom here.

It’s no wonder the place is haunted today.

Ghost sightings are a regular occurrence at the Hell’s Gate Airtram – a gravity-defying cable car that zips visitors across the canyon at dizzying heights.  In recent years, guests and staff have reported all sorts of paranormal activity, from mysterious shadows to objects falling off shelves.

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Haunted Canyon? Ghost-hunting at Hell’s Gate Airtram

Visit Hell’s Gate Airtram

Hell's Gate Airtram

If you want to experience the best views of the Fraser Canyon then a visit to Hell’s Gate is an absolute must.  Whether you’re a local getting to know the area, a visitor exploring the region for the first time or you just happen to be driving through – there is something in store for young and old including the air tram, suspension bridge and even a fudge factory (yum!).

Hell’s Gate is located on a Gold Rush Trail in the beautiful Fraser Canyon near Boston Bar, approximately 2 ½ hours drive east of Vancouver. Head out of the city and prepare yourself for an absolutely stunning drive along the way. Hell’s Gate Airtram offers travellers a beautiful spot to stop in the canyon and allows you to get right down to the river level to really appreciate the sheer cliffs and the power of the rushing water. The towering rock walls of the Fraser River plunge toward each other forcing the water through a passage that is only 35 metres wide (110 feet). At peak level, 200 million gallons of water per minute leap and surge through the gorge.

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Visit Hell’s Gate Airtram