Hells Gate is a narrow rocky gorge of the FRASER RIVER CANYON
south of Boston Bar, British Columbia. Explorer Simon FRASER
recorded a difficult portage (1808) around the churning waters of this section of the FRASER RIVER
. First known as the "great canyon," its name is associated with the disastrous impact of CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY
construction on the river's salmon resources. After blasting debris and rockslides (1913-14) blocked much of the PACIFIC SALMON
runs, the catch from the river's stocks plummeted. The first fishways were constructed here in 1944 to permit spawning fish to pass the rapids however, stocks have yet to fully recover. Hells Gate now has an aerial tram ride and highway tourist facility.
North of Hope, BC, on the Fraser River (Corel Professional Photos).
Matthew D. Evenden, Fish versus Power: An Environmental History of the Fraser River (2004)
Links to Other Sites
One of Canada's earliest roads: the Cariboo
A CBC Radio audio clip about the history of the harrowing Cariboo Wagon Road in BC.
A tourist guide to the Hell's Gate region of the Fraser Canyon in British Columbia. From the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains website.