Gold Bridge (population: 43) and Bralorne (population: 60) are two
historical British Columbia towns connected to the Gold Rush years of the
19th and 20th centuries. We visited these towns at the end of our BC
Highway 40 trip. Check out
trip report for directions on how to get to Gold Bridge. A smooth
paved 11 km-long road (albeit narrow and winding, and with unbarricaded
drop-offs) links Gold Bridge and Bralorne. There was a fair bit of
traffic on that road, with most of it appearing to be coming from an
industrial site(s) located on Kingdom Lakes Forest Service Road, which
starts at 6.3 km of the Gold Bridge-Bralorne connector. A very neat
pullout at 7.0 km allows for a great panoramic mountain view, and, just
a hundred meters further, another viewpoint makes it possible to see a
There is a gas station and an ambulance station in Gold Bridge, and a
gas pump and a fire hall in Bralorne, which also has a working pay
1. We are at the end of BC Highway 40, with a sign indicating that a
left turn (across the bridge) would lead to Gold Bridge.
BC Highway 40 End Near Gold Bridge British Columbia Canada
2. The bridge across Hurley River leads to the town of Gold Bridge.
Bridge Across Hurley River Near Gold Bridge BC
3. The view of Hurley River from the bridge. Hurley River flows into
Hurley River British Columbia Canada
4. Just across the bridge, we are entering the town of Gold Bridge.
Entering Gold Bridge Sign
5. Welcome to Gold Bridge. Population: 43.
Welcome to Gold Bridge Sign
6. A few hundred meters later, just before the buildings, an Esso gas
station is on the left side. Not sure how it operates - likely, a
pre-payment is required inside the hotel or general store.
Esso Gas Station Gold Bridge BC Canada
7. Gold Bridge, BC. There are four or five streets in the town.
Gold Bridge BC
8-9. Gold Bridge hotel and cafe. A general store is across the connector
Gold Bridge Hotel and Cafe
10-11. A very pleasant-looking Gold Bridge community school.
Gold Bridge Community School
12. The fire hall is in Bralorne, and Gold Bridge has several fire
shacks, as well as an ambulance station, pictured below.
Gold Bridge Fire Shack and Ambulance Station
13. The same road you are on when entering Gold Bridge takes you to
Bralorne 11 km later.
Pioneer Road Between Gold Bridge and Bralorne BC
14. At 7.0 km from Gold Bridge, a large pullout on the right side has an
information sign, as well as a panoramic mountain range view.
Viewpoint Parking Area Between Bralorne and Gold Bridge British Columbia
15. The information sign.
16-17. The mountain on the left side.
18-19. The mountain on the right side.
20. If you walk or drive just a hundred meters further, there is another
(unofficial) pullout with a great canyon view.
Pioneer Road between Gold Bridge and Bralorne British Columbia Canada
21. Very nice.
Mountains View from Pioneer Road between Bralorne and Gold Bridge BC
22. Getting closer to Bralorne. Quite a smooth road.
Pioneer Road near Bralorne BC Canada
23. And here we are.
24. Welcome to Bralorne. Population: 60.
Welcome to Bralorne Sign
25. Just to the left is Bralorne Pub and On The Fly Country Market. A
gas pump (operational?) is on the very left.
Bralorne Pub and On The Fly Country Market
26. Bralorne pub sign. Very creative!
Bralorne Pub Sign
27. Bralorne pub information board.
Bralorne Pub Information Board
28. On a building across the street (Bralorne Road) there is a map of
Bralorne and the surrounding area.
29. Bralorne Road. Bralorne appears to be about three times bigger than
Bralorne British Columbia Canada
30. Historical Bralorne Inn on Bralorne Road.
Historical Bralorne Inn
31. Looking left down Dirks Place.
Dirks Place Bralorne BC Canada
32. Historical Bralorne church.
Historical Bralorne Church
33. Bralorne Hall.
34. Inside a small shack in the side of Bralorne Hall, there is a community message board, as well as
a working Telus payphone (appears to accept credit cards only, via an
operator). There is no cell phone signal in Gold Bridge or Bralorne.
35. Gold Bridge has an ambulance station, and Bralorne has a fire hall.
Bralorne Fire Hall British Columbia
Gold Bridge and Bralorne are a living BC history, and are very
interesting towns to visit. Just be aware of very limited services of
any kind in the area.