Hells Gate is located about halfway between Cache Creek and Hope. You can take an enclosed tram here, down into the canyon that has been carved by the Fraser River. Once at the bottom you will find informative displays about the fish ladders that have been built here to help the salmon return home to spawn. You can see a lot of the ladders the line both sides of the canyon. The water levels vary so much in this area that there are actually 3 sets of ladders, to accomodate the fish during all seasons.
You can also buy souvenirs, snacks and delicious fudge from the shops in the canyon. (Yes, it's a bit of a tourist trap but there are reasonably priced souvenirs to be had, if you look around.)
Hope is a community of approximately 7,000 people on the banks of the Fraser River and Coquihalla Rivers, about 200 km northeast of Vancouver.
"What to do"
This area, just outside of Hope in South Central British Columbia, is another of the engineering marvels on the Kettle Valley Railway. Designed by engineer Andrew McCulloch, the tunnels were built from 1911 to 1916 and completed the Kettle Valley Railway. It was McCulloch's greatest challenge to find a way through the Coquihalla gorge where the river had cut a 300-foot deep horseshoe channel in a wall of solid granite. There was barely enough room for the river and certainly no extra room for a railway.
The area is impressive enough to get Hollywood's attention -- it was used in filming First Blood (Rambo), Shoot to Kill, and Far from Home: Adventures of Yellow Dog.
The off-road rail trail through this area is short, probably only about three miles, but it is well worth stopping to see if you are in the area. To avoid bus loads of tourists, go early in the morning or off season.
To get there: From the town of Hope: take Kawkawa Lake road and proceed about 4 km, then turn right on to Othello Road and proceed another 4 km and look for the sign.
Season: The Othello Tunnels are not open during the winter months. Apparently they used to have a lot of washouts and rock slides, forcing the railway to close down completely in 1959.
SURVIVOR - TEAM GAMES
The first task we were assigned was to build a bridge....out of white glue and 200 popsicle sticks. The strongest bridge was to be the winner.
So we toiled over the designs and constructions...only to realize that we had got the dimensions wrong. So, with the sun beating down on us, and time running out, we reorganized our bridge....
...only time would tell the damage of our mistake.
"The results were in...."
...and we were disqualified from this event. Our bridge did not measure up to code.
However, it did hold 4 and a half jugs of water before it collapsed.
Not too shabby!
Ahhh, the classic make yourself dizzy and try to walk with a ball and spoon game.
Interesting, and not so easy.
We came in 3rd in this competition...with much enthusiasm and cheering!
This was a great game.
There was a story, made up to music, with dance moves. We had to memorize the moves and then dance as a team to win points.
Well, they found our weakness! The tightey whiteys faltered in this game and conceeded to the Cirque du Bananes.
But there will be a re-match...one day!
No survivor day would be complete without a tug of war.
By this time, I had been traded to Cirque-du-Banane...and bananas squish easily so we did not win this competition.
Fortuneately, we had the most spirit!
"Our team is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!!!"
"We gotta go bananas, go go bananas!"
"The Humpty Dump"
Great game that gets stuck in your head.
This was basically a cheer off using songs and cheers. SOOO FUNNNYYY!
Clapping, dancing, and singing were involved...but you definately had to see it to believe it.
"Hump-ty-dump, hump, hump-ty dumpty dumpty
Hump-ty-dump, hump, hump-ty dumpty dumpy
Ice Ice Baby...da nana nana na na
Ice Ice Baby...da nana nana na na
Hhhhhhaaauuuugggg. Ain't that Funky Now."