Yale Off The Beaten Path
About 40 km north of Yale, and 5 km north of Boston Bar is the famous Hell's Gate gorge, where the Fraser River is squeezed to a mere 110 ft wide....The river literally turns on edge. Simon Fraser described it:
"We had to travel where no human being should venture - for surely we have encountered the gates of hell." - Simon Fraser, July, 1808.
In fact, the river is so swift here that even the salmon have a difficult time moving up river to spawn. A fish ladder was built in order for the huge salmon runs to move upstream to their spawning grounds in the Thompson, Adams, Shuswap and Chilko rivers.
In 1969 an aerial tram was built over the river to enable tourists to have a close look at the rapids.