Trip 012 - February 22, 2010 (Monday)

Town of Hope BC


Distance From Vancouver:
150 km on Highway 1 East.

Liked: Carvings throughout the town, pool available for $5, plenty of free parking, excellent gas prices.

Of note: The rail track runs through the town, and trains make a lot of noise.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates: Page 15 (Hope) F6. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Related Websites: District of Hope, Experience Hope.

Other Trips in Hope Area: Skagit River Trail, Skyline II Trail Hike, Silver Skagit Road (Skagit Valley Provincial Park), Mount Outram Trail Hike, Othello Tunnels, Eaton Lake Trail Hike, Mount Hope Lookout Trail Hike.

The town of Hope is located on Highway 1 East, about 30 minutes East of Chilliwack, and more than 1.5 hours East of Vancouver. We visited Hope and walked around this small town on a glorious sunny day. Hope is a pleasant small town, with very few people on the streets after 7 PM. Perhaps, the situation is different when it is warm. We spent the night in Hope, and were woken up several times by the noise of the passing trains. As the track runs pretty much through the middle of the town, it would be problematic to have a good night sleep in Hope. At least, the fuel prices were good. There is also a hospital in Hope.

1. Experience Hope, urges this sign as you follow Highway 1 near its split with Highway 5.


Hope British Columbia Highway Sign

2. A short while later you are in Hope on Highway 1. On the right side is the town, on the left is the river, and here is the intersection of Highway 1 and Wallace Street. Note the gas price at the Shell station - 96.9. It stayed the same the next day - about 15 cents better than in Vancouver.


TransCanada Highway 1 in Hope British Columbia

3. There are several carvings on the left side of Highway 1 .


Carving in Hope British Columbia

4. The head of another one.


Eagle carving in Hope British Columbia Canada

5. We then went into the town for a walk, and found this cool truck with a camper.


Truck camper in Hope BC

6. Skagit Motel looks picturesque. And it also bills itself as "the quiet place." Perhaps, their windows are soundproof, and the train noise does not disturb the guests at night?


Skagit Motel Hope British Columbia

7. Nice fencing, eh!


Hope British Columbia

8. This is Hope Memorial Park.


Memorial Park Hope British Columbia

9. More carvings can be found in the park.


Carvings in the Memorial Park in the town of Hope BC

10. This little fountain/pond is also in the park.


Fountain and pond by the Memorial Park in Hope British Columbia

11.Next to the park, on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Wallace Street, is the District of Hope administration building. Note the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics flag flying by the building.


District of Hope British Columbia Administration Building

12. And this is Wallace Street by 3rd Avenue. The administration building is on the left. The green sign by the traffic light has an arrow pointing left, and says "camper trailer parking." Very thoughtful of Hope!


Wallace Street Hope British Columbia

13. There are several carvings near the above intersection. Here is a bear enjoying the sunshine.


Bear carving Hope British Columbia

14. And this carving is a memorial to an RCMP dog Chip, killed in the line of duty.


RCMP dog Chip carving Hope BC

15. And then there is this carving of a bear with a fish, and an old man likely scared of the bear and hiding inside a tree.


Wallace Street carving Hope British Columbia

16. The man is likely hoping that the fish is enough to feed the bear.


Carving on Wallace Street Hope British Columbia

17. Finally, this building houses a pool ($5 admission) and a library (though no wireless Internet there). It's located on 6th avenue, which is short enough to make this building an easy find.


Hope Library and Recreational Centre - town of Hope BC

It sure was a pleasant visit to the town of Hope.



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