An ideal day out for novice white water rafting, or on each Monday during 2005, Kayaking. The full day white water trip down 40Km of the Thompson River is great fun. For those who do not swim, there is a power raft and for those who do, you can paddle. As thier base is quite some way out of Vancouver, there are now facilities there for overnight accomodation which saves an early morning 3 hour journey Vancouver - Lytton
The best time to view the Hell's Gate rapids is probably in the early summer...May or June, when the water is highest. There is an option to take the Aerial tram or walk across the new suspension bridge.
Hell's Gate has been described as one of the greatest gorges in Canada. The mighty Fraser River narrows to a mere 110 feet wide as it squeezes through the granite cliffs. During the rail construction a massive slide came down in 1914, partially blocking the salmon migration.
The final devastation to the Fraser River salmon occurred on February 23, 1914, when a huge rock cliff above a newly blasted (CNR) railway tunnel collapsed into the river at Hell’s Gate. More than 100,000 cu. yards of rocks as big as houses filled every embayment and projected on to the bed of the river. The slide material narrowed the canyon at that point from about 300 feet to 75 feet and formed a cascade of water dropping more than 20 feet over a distance of less than 75 feet. With such a catastrophe, it was soon clear that the salmon runs expected to arrive the following summer would not make it upriver.
After considerble blasting, much of the rock was displaced and a new fish ladder was constructed.
This really happened!!!
When a blind cow went missing from the Rosebank Ranch, owner Liz Allen figured the beast had been swallowed up by the Fraser River. But Rosebank Rosie went through hell - Hell's Gate canyon, to be specific-and lived to tell the tale. It's a tall one.
The Fraser River flows past the Allens' pastures on its way south to Lytton, B.C., about 250 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, where it cuts a violent path through the Coast Range.
On July 19, Allen saw a hole in her fence and found the cow's lonely calf. She saw cow tracks near the river at a spot where a camper had brought his hounds the night before. She saw dog tracks where the beast had been driven down an embankment into the Fraser's swift-flowing waters. But she saw no cow.
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