Hope is a small town at the far east of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Hope is well-known as the gateway to British Columbia's interior, and serves as the junction of several major highways.
In the early 1980s, Hope was the site of the filming of Rambo: First Blood. Some local residents take great pride in this and visitors' maps are likely to include a detailed listing of locations to visit for Rambo fans.
The nearest major international airport is Vancouver International Airport (YVR), 155km west in Vancouver. Closer is the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), 70km west in Abbotsford. Abbotsford Airport offers fewer connecting flights but it is much closer and easier to navigate. The airport is serviced by WestJet and several car rental agencies.
Hope is home to what may be the longest grass airstrip in Canada at 3960 feet in length. During summer months it is home to extensive glider activity. The Hope Airport CAO Code is CYHE.
Hope Vistor Centre & Museum, 919 Water Street, +1 604 869-2021 / +1 866 467-3842 (toll-free). This is a good place to stop if you're looking for travel information, including brochures, maps and self-guided tour routes. There is a small museum (open from mid-May to early September) and a gift shop. Some staff members are very knowledgeable about the filming of Rambo: First Blood in Hope, and you may be able to arrange a guided tour of the sites if you call ahead.
Self-guided tour of chainsaw carvings, Various locations in and around Hope. Hope is home to over 30 large chainsaw carvings, mostly of British Columbia wildlife. A tour map is available from the Hope Visitor Centre.
Self-guided walking and driving tour of Rambo: First Blood filming locations. Tour includes locations in and around Hope.
Hope Recreation Complex, 1005 6th Avenue, +1 604 869-2304, . Includes a swimming pool, arena, and fitness centre.
Kawkawa Creek (Sucker's Creek). This is one of the best locations in Hope to see salmon spawn. Fall is a particularly active time of year to witness salmon running upstream.edit
Mountain Biking. Numerous decommissioned logging roads and the Kettle Valley Railway bed provide hundreds of kilometers of trails.
Whitewater Rafting on the Fraser River. Various companies offer rafting trips so you may want to pick up some brochures or seek advice from the Hope Visitor Centre. Most tours must be booked well in advance.
Hope abounds with motels; they number over twenty, most centered around the downtown core.
Best Western Heritage Inn, 570 Old Hope-Princeton Way, ☎ (604) 869-7166. edit
Kw'o:kw'e:hala Eco Retreat, ☎ 604-869-3799, . Located near Hope, this wilderness lodge and eco vacation experience offers fully-guided eco vacation destination packages, or self-guided eco getaways. See website for information & directions.edit
Fraser Canyon and the Hell's Gate Airtram - The drive along the Fraser Canyon from Hope to Boston Bar is a beautiful journey. The tram ride over the Fraser River is short but very scenic. Enjoy the ride, but don't expect much from the touristy gift shops, fudge factory and children's activities at the bottom of the ride.
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