Great little town with film making aspirations
"Things to do"
Hope's unique blend of coastal and interior climates make it a haven for a large variety of birds. Over two hundred bird species have been recorded in Manning Park alone.
Canoeing or Kayaking
Kawkawa Lake, Lake of the Woods, Silver Lake and numerous other nearby lakes offer tranquil paddling. The Coquihalla River and the Fraser River at various times are good entry level kayking rivers.
Fraser Canyon Attractions and Activities
Challenge the local white water and try a river rafting trip with Fraser River Raft Expeditions.
A little further along in the canyon visit the spectacular Hells Gate Airtram.
Siska Art Gallery is 13 km south of Lytton on the canyon highway (#1). 250-455-0072
Road cycling and Mountain Biking
All the highways in the Hope area have ample paved shoulders for safe road cycling. The Coquihalla Toll Booths is a scenic challenge for the seasoned rider. Logging roads galore and the Kettle Valley Railway bed offer excellent mountain biking opportunities.
Lake fishing for trout, fly fishing for steelhead, river fishing for salmon or try for a sturgeon!
Visit the Hunter Creek Rest area and follow the self guided forestry trail.
Visit the Hope airport and try soaring with the Vancouver Soaring Association. Hope is one of the best locations in the country for this sport.
Hope's beautiful nine-hole golf course is along the Coquihalla River, an intimidating water trap!
Millions of dollars worth of gold were gleaned from this local area during the gold rush. Come find the flakes left for you.
Hope truly is a great hiking destination. Good maps are available at the Hope Infocenter.
"25 years since Rambo filming"
25 years since Rambo filming
In the fall of 1981 the District of Hope, B.C. was transformed by Hollywood set designers to become the “big screen birthplace’’ of John Rambo.
A crew of approximately 50 to 100 people moved in to create the set and stayed throughout the almost six weeks of filming for First Blood. During that time they constructed the “Sheriff’s office’’ on the lawn of our District Hall. It was an almost architecturally identical duplicate of the District Hall itself. They also constructed the false front of a service station at the junction of the TransCanada Hwy #1 and Old Hope-Princeton Way and built the gun shop on the street across from the District Hall on the corner of Third Ave. and Commission St. Three of these sets would be the scene of violent and destructive film sequences.
But the crew also did some detailed work around town. They placed American mailboxes and newspaper dispensers on the downtown streets, flew American flags from the flagpoles and erected a Tony Lama cowboy boots billboard and US Army billboard downtown.
Once the announcement of the filming was made, movie madness struck Hope as 550 local residents turned out for a casting call. Only 100 extras were needed so competition was fierce and rumor has it that only men shorter than Stallone were chosen as extras!
It was a time for star-watching on the streets of Hope as Sylvester Stallone (John Rambo), and Brian Dennehy (Sheriff Teasle) frequented local businesses and restaurants. See pages 11 and 12 for other movie information.
Come back to Hope in October 2007 for a special First Blood Rambo celebration. Details available at the Hope Visitor InfoCentre at 604-869-2021.