Hope, Cascades & Canyons – Freedom Without Boundaries
Hope is situated at the site of the community of Ts’qó:ls, a historically important transportation hub for the Stó:lō people. The community was given its current name when the Fort Hope trading post was established at the location by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1848.
Today, as the meeting point for two rivers and four highways, Hope is a great “base of operations” for a vacation adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike one of the many local trails, or head east for four seasons’ worth of outdoor activities at Manning Park Resort. Thacker Regional Park provides opportunities to view wildlife such as salmon spawning in the fall or bird watching in the spring and summer months. To the north, whitewater rafting is available throughout the summer in the Fraser and Nahatlatch rivers.
People with an interest in history and culture can visit one of Hope’s three art galleries. Hope is home to the Christ Church National Historic Site, which is the oldest church on the B.C. mainland still holding services at its original location. Hope’s Art Walk showcases the dozens of chainsaw carvings around town from the biennial carving competition. The Tashme Museum, which showcases the history of Japanese-Canadian internment during the Second World War, and the Hope Slide memorial site are just a few minutes away down highway 3. In the summer, follow the path of the Cariboo Wagon Road north through the historic Fraser Canyon to learn about the Fraser Canyon gold rush.
As one of the original “Hollywood North” communities, Hope has many iconic views that you may recognize from the silver screen. First Blood (1982) is the most well-known, with a self-guided filming location tour available and many businesses with Rambo-themed offerings, but Hope also features prominently in other films such as Sweet Virginia (2017) and Antlers (2021).