11 Reasons To Live in Hope, BC

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Situated at the beginning of the Fraser Valley, at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers, surrounded by stunning coastal mountains, Hope is a nature lover’s dream come true. It is a convenient transportation hub with highways that come and go from everywhere! To the west, is the rest of the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver Area, via Hwy 1 & 7. To the north, Hwy 1 winds through the scenic Fraser Canyon through Gold Country, towards the Cariboo Regions and over to the BC Interior. To the northeast, Hwy 5 is the gateway to the Okanagan. To the southeast, Hwy 3 crosses the Coast Mountains to Princeton and on to the Kootenays. To the south, Silver Skagit Road provides access to the Skagit Valley at the edge of the Cascade Mountains.

1. Outdoor Adventures 

Living here allows you to get to know the wilderness through the largely, forested and mountainous rural communities in our region. Top attractions to experience in the rugged outdoors included in and around Hope and the surrounding area consist of hiking, birdwatching, golfing, canoeing and kayaking, mountain biking, off-roading, swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, windsurfing, river rafting and so much more! Hope provides locals and visitors with plenty of opportunities for year-round adventures and outdoor activities.

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2. Hollywood North 

Known as the “Hollywood North” within the movie industry, Hope, Cascades & Canyons has gained a reputation for being a booming hot spot in the film industry. This is due to our wide range of natural elements perfect for film and television. This is the setting for the many other activities within our communities. Explore the Hollywood North, seeing filming sites of a range of movies and shows, including Rambo: First Blood. Then, step back in time and explore some of our communities historic sites, immerse yourself in the arts and culture scene, or visit one of our world famous attractions like Hell’s Gate Airtram or the Othello Tunnels. 

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3. Local Dining 

From well-loved coffee houses, classic mom-and-pop diners, familiar chain restaurants to ethnic cuisine we have something to satisfy any taste-bud and craving. Sink your teeth into fine dining, casual cuisine and home-cooked comfort food. With so many great places to eat, these small-town restaurants are well worth road-tripping for.

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4. Wellness

Hope, Cascades & Canyons offers a variety of health and wellness resources right here in our communities. A land rich in rugged nature and natural essences provides a variety of means to restore balance to one’s true self. In addition, access to traditional methods of wellness includes medical doctors, chiropractors, dentists and more. Residents also have access to the services of naturopathic doctors, reflexology, massage providers and health-food retailers.

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5. The Fraser Canyon 

Experience one of BC’s most beloved road trips with an exhilarating drive through the Fraser Canyon. The incredible scenery includes forested mountains, rivers, waterfalls and lakes. Along your way you can explore hidden tunnels, visit a historic site and try your hand at gold panning or take an aerial cable tram ride suspended over the mighty Fraser River! Outdoor experiences abound with the thrill of river rafting, take a stroll over a suspension bridge or throw on your hiking boots and explore one of the many trails. 

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6. Downtown Hope

Downtown Hope is framed by towering mountains, and the rushing waters of the Coquihalla and Fraser Rivers. Quaint shops, restaurants, and cafés line the streets. In the centre of town, Hope Memorial Park provides green space for children to play, sporting and music events, markets, car shows and more. Our famous chainsaw carvings can be spotted all around, adding to the eclectic charm.  The iconic Hope Cinema, proudly in operation since 1945, provides a nostalgic venue to take in a show. 

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7. Arts & Culture

Human history in the Fraser Canyon dates back 1000’s of years with the Halq’eméylem speaking Stó:lō First Nations settlements. An important Sto:lo community was located where the District of Hope sits today. The community, called Ts’qo:ls, was a major population and transportation hub, home to thousands of people, and an essential stopping point for trade between nearby communities. The connection to the long standing indigenous history is displayed at various art galleries and gift shops in the area, such as the Ruby Creek Art Gallery, Heaven N Earth Native Art Gallery and Cultural Studio and the Muskwa Gallery & Indian Crafts. The Hope and District Arts Council oversees an expansive community arts program that includes galleries,classes in a variety of mediums and a Concert in the Park Series. Adults and children wishing to explore art via dance can access lessons at the Hope Dance Academy.

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8. Winter Activities

The winters in the Fraser Valley are fairly mild, which allows for some exciting options for your winter outdoor recreation. Whether you want to golf in the mild climate of the town centre or take a short drive up the mountains to seek snow packed adventures, there are many ways to enjoy the winter season. The Cascade Mountain range is directly in our backyard so it is convenient to partake in some world class snow sports that draw international visitors from around the world. Hope is the “peak of the valley” which holds adventure around every corner. 

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9. Motor Sports

Are you searching for ways to get your tires muddy? Have you been seeking an adrenaline rush that comes from being behind the wheel? Or are you looking for a way to keep your family enjoying the outdoors and away from all those electronic distractions? If this sounds like you, then you’ll want to check out Hope and area’s motor sport options. You can get your fix by being a spectator of our frequent demolition derbies, rally time trials, or other heart pumping events brought to you by the Hope Motorsports Group. If you want to be in the driver’s seat you can join the group organized events or go freestyle up in the bush on the various designated riding trails at the Nickel Mine ATV site. The mountains are full of off road trails that will lead you to endless amounts of adventure as well. 

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10. History

The area has a rich, long-standing history. Hope, Cascades & Canyons has valued and diverse stories to tell and is a place for weary travellers to wander. Hope’s First Nations settlement period starts with the first traces of people living in the Fraser Valley. These First Nations origins date back 1000’s of years ago, when the Sto:lo First Nations were in the area. European history explorer Simon Fraser arrived in what is now Hope in 1808, and the Hudson’s Bay Company created the Fort Hope trading post in 1848. The area was transformed by the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, beginning in 1858. The following year Governor James Douglas laid out the Fort Hope town site. History lives on today in this community, the places you go, the things you see, all have connections to our valuable history through our Indigenous culture, the epic Gold Rush, mighty railways and the transport hub that it has since created. Today, Forestry, Tourism and the Service sector are the District’s economic bases.We invite you to experience our past, present, and beautiful mountain country here at Hope, Cascades & Canyons.

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11. The Dark Sky Highway

Do you love star-gazing? How about the peace and quiet of the outdoors? Then the Dark Sky Highway is definitely for you! BC Highway 3, known as the Crowsnest Highway, has also been known as the Dark Sky Highway for many years, as there are no major cities along this route, which in turn limits any light pollution at night. It’s the perfect Canadian road trip, including everything from the Rockies to hot springs to resort towns. During the night, you’ll notice the dark sky along the entire highway due to large protected areas of land and during the day, it’s fun and adventure!

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