2907, 2016

The Old Bridge

At the end of the line is this awesome old bridge that crosses the Fraser River in Lillooet BC. It has now been turned into a park with interpretive signage. Still haven’t had enough? Quesnel has a really awesome pedestrian bridge bridge you can cross so you can keep on driving. Infact the Fraser River is over 1300km long!

Photo Credits: Sidney Scotchman via GlobalBC

2512, 2014

Historic Emory City

Historic Emory City – The route between Hope and Yale holds a hidden secret – a lost city that faded into the woods with the coming of the CPR. Just five kilometres south of Yale, visitors travelling through the Fraser Canyon will come across Emory Creek where once stood a bustling frontier town.

In 1858 over 25,000 men had traveled up the Fraser River staking claims and working the sand bars in an attempt to strike it rich, and 500 men are recorded to have spent the winter of 1858-1859 camped at Emory’s Bar in tent and shingle dwellings. Although considerable gold was found at Emory’s Bar, the mother-lode was never found. Emory again came into prominence in the fall of 1879 when it became the Canadian Pacific Railway’s western terminus. Emory City soon consisted of 13 streets, 32 blocks, and 400 lots of “goodly” dimensions. The Inland Sentinel Newspaper, the first on the mainland, erected a two story building on Front Street and the Emory City Sawmill was producing 21,000 feet of lumber in a 24 hour shift. Two hotels, nine saloons, a brewery, blacksmith shop, general store, residences and “less reputable businesses” rounded out Emory City’s economy.

By late 1881, […]

2512, 2014

St. John the Divine – 1863

St. John the Divine church was built in 1863 in an attempt to ‘civilize the miners’.  A major restoration project was undertaken in 1953 and another smaller one in 2001. The original walls, rafters and handmade nails are still clearly visable but sadly all that remains of the original rectory beside the church is its stone foundation.

Exhibits within the church include original altar pieces from the 1860’s as well as “Enduring Threads”, a collection of antique linens, many handstitched by the students off ‘All Hallows in the West’ girls school .

The church was used for services from its completion on April 19, 1863 until it officially closed in 1976.

Currently, the church is open for guided tours during our regular operating season or by appointment.  Wedding and special event rentals are also available.

2512, 2014

1870s Creighton House

1870s Creighton House – A heritage building built in the 1870’s, the Creighton House is home to our museum, gift shop, archives and Beth Clare garden. It’s a fitting showcase for the many historical artifacts on display.

Indoor exhibits include artifacts and photographs showcasing the diverse history of Yale. A beautiful collection of First Nations baskets, Gold Rush, Chinese and Pioneer artifacts, railway exhibits and pieces donated by the former students of All Hallows girls school are just some of the items in our collection. A donation by Rose Charlie and her family of an 1853 ‘Peace’ piano is a wonderful addition to our museum.

Our outdoor exhibits include our Living History ‘Tent City’, showing life during the gold rush of 1858, where visitors to our site can ‘step back in time’ and experience the early days of the 1858 Fraser River Gold Rush or try their hand at panning for gold.  Also on site and celebrating 150 years this summer is St. John the Divine church.

A National Historic Site monument to Chinese railroad workers is the first monument in Canada to be inscribed in English, French and Chinese.

Opening for tours this summer is the newly conserved Ward House. Originally built in 1863 by William ‘Johnny’ H. Ward, the home burnt down in one of several fires […]

2512, 2014

Historic Alexandra Bridge

Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is a small park centered on the site of the original Caribou Wagon Road Bridge over the Fraser River. The original bridge was constructed in 1861 by Joseph W. Trutch and named after Princess Alexandra of Wales. To recover the $45,000 construction cost for the 90 meter bridge, a toll of $7.40 per ton was charged. Today a second bridge, built in 1926, sits on the site of the original which was dismantled in 1912, the park was established in 1984. It provides both a rest stop with picnic facilities for travelers. Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is two kilometers north of Spuzzum and 40 km north of Hope. There is a hiking trail that leads visitors down to the site of the old Alexandra Bridge; part of the trail is remains of the old highway from the 1920s. Fish passing through this area to tributaries of the Fraser include; Pink, Chum, Spring, Coho and Sockeye. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have the appropriate license.

1510, 2014

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1410, 2014

Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village

Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village – Tour the original site where Fraser Canyon legends were born. See the summer lodges, smoke house, food caches, sweat lodge, earth ovens and an awe-inspiring pit house. Enjoy an historical adventure that will evoke deep memories of the old ways. We will greet you at the gates of the village and just like thousands of years ago, we will invite you into our pit house to visit one of our respected storytellers. Come share some of our traditional stories, walk our village and share in sacred memories of our Nlaka’pamux culture. Yes, the land remembers, and it is waiting to tell you of our past, come and listen

1410, 2014

Highland Valley Copper Mines Tour

1310, 2014

Othello Tunnels

The Othello Tunnels in Hope British Columbia displays great history scenery and makes a nice leisure walk through some of British Columbia’s most beautiful landscapes. In the Coquihalla engineers forged through mountain cliffs and over the raging canyon to construct a series of bridges and tunnels that blast through the rugged terrain, you can walk along the path where the Kettle Valley Railway once operated, learn about this spectacular piece of history, and view the magnificent Coquihalla Canyon.

1310, 2014

Pioneer Cemetery

The Pioneer Cemetery is the resting place to some of British Columbians earliest pioneers, located off highway one in historic Yale. This beautiful piece of history is a lush meadow flat overlooking the banks of the Fraser River. Although Pioneer Cemetery is a beautiful resting spot for many settlers, some of the history involving those that rest here is horrid. Locals tell the legends of tragedy and greed, a powerful poison during the gold rush many gold rushers were murdered, and their spirits left to rest along the gold banks of the mighty Fraser. Many say because of some tragic deaths the cemetery is haunted. The Pioneer Cemetery is open to the public, although it is recommended daytime visiting, those who dare can tour the cemetery at night a choice not recommended by locals.