North to Alaska-2010 travel blog

The sisters, Darlene & Helen enter Hell's Gate Tram

Fish runs for the salmon

The tram

Enjoying lunch at Hell's Gate


We are on the road again. In route to Hope, BC the caravan is stopping at Hell's Gate Tram. This tram goes down instead of up. Hell's Gate was named because of an early explorer Simon Fraser who said "A place where no human being should venture, for surely we have entered the gates of hell". The Fraser River flows through a narrow gorge at 200,000,000 gallons per minute. In 1913 the Canadian National Railway burrowed its way through the Rockies. Workers triggered an accidental slide at Hell's Gate that made the river even faster and almost destroyed on the best sockeye salmon runs in the world. The US and Canadian governments worked together to build the International Fishways so salmon can make their way up the river. The fish somehow know to enter these fishways to they can rest or pass through this area in calmer water. We had just one night in Hope. We all got together for a happy hour of wine and cheese.



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