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Sunshine Valley was the location of the Tashme Internment Camp which held Japanese Canadians during World War 2. It consists of 3 buildings that were original to the camp and is full of history. It is only a 10 minute walk from Big Rock. Donations accepted.
Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum
14731 Alpine Boulevard
Sunshine Valley was the location of the Tashme Internment Camp which held Japanese Canadians during World War 2. It consists of 3 buildings that were original to the camp and is full of history. It is only a 10 minute walk from Big Rock. Donations accepted.
Built in the early 1900's by the Canadian Pacific Railway the Othello Tunnels consist of 5 tunnels blasted through bedrock to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. It is a very scenic 3.5 km walk through old growth forests and over river ravines. Free. Seasonal openings April 1st to October 31st.
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Othello Tunnels
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Built in the early 1900's by the Canadian Pacific Railway the Othello Tunnels consist of 5 tunnels blasted through bedrock to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. It is a very scenic 3.5 km walk through old growth forests and over river ravines. Free. Seasonal openings April 1st to October 31st.
EC Manning Provincial Park Resort is just a 35 minute drive from Big Rock and is our favorite place to Hike, Kayak and Ski. Check out the old growth forest in Sumallo Grove, the serene lightning lakes or the amazing view from the cascade lookout. In the winter there is downhill and cross country skiing with a fun tube park at the bottom. I suggest downloading the ALLTRAILS app (free) to select a walk or hike that is suited for you.
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Manning Park
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EC Manning Provincial Park Resort is just a 35 minute drive from Big Rock and is our favorite place to Hike, Kayak and Ski. Check out the old growth forest in Sumallo Grove, the serene lightning lakes or the amazing view from the cascade lookout. In the winter there is downhill and cross country skiing with a fun tube park at the bottom. I suggest downloading the ALLTRAILS app (free) to select a walk or hike that is suited for you.
Explorer Simon Fraser arrived in what is now Hope in 1808, with the Hudson's Bay Company creating the Fort Hope trading post in 1848. The town has everything you may need from grocery, gas and restaurants and fast food. Hope is also the chainsaw carving capital of Canada so grab a coffee and wander the town. First Blood, the original Rambo was filmed here. You might even find the Rambo carving.
Hope
Explorer Simon Fraser arrived in what is now Hope in 1808, with the Hudson's Bay Company creating the Fort Hope trading post in 1848. The town has everything you may need from grocery, gas and restaurants and fast food. Hope is also the chainsaw carving capital of Canada so grab a coffee and wander the town. First Blood, the original Rambo was filmed here. You might even find the Rambo carving.
The Hope slide is located between Hope and Sunshine Valley and is considered the second biggest recorded slide in BC. Stop and check out the view point. There is also a charging station there for those with electric vehicles.
Hope Slide, BC
The Hope slide is located between Hope and Sunshine Valley and is considered the second biggest recorded slide in BC. Stop and check out the view point. There is also a charging station there for those with electric vehicles.
Hells gate is a narrowing of the Fraser River creating a cauldron of frothing water. It is located on Hwy 1 on the gold rush trail just 35 minutes East of Hope. The tourist site has an air tram and now boasts food outlets, observation decks and an educational fisheries exhibit that displays different short films regarding the area’s history as well an ecological documentary on the salmon run. For more rates and more information check out their website at www.hellsgateairtram.com
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Hells Gate
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Hells gate is a narrowing of the Fraser River creating a cauldron of frothing water. It is located on Hwy 1 on the gold rush trail just 35 minutes East of Hope. The tourist site has an air tram and now boasts food outlets, observation decks and an educational fisheries exhibit that displays different short films regarding the area’s history as well an ecological documentary on the salmon run. For more rates and more information check out their website at www.hellsgateairtram.com
Our favorite swimming lake
Kawkawa Lake is located 15 minutes down the hill in Hope and is one of our favorite places to go when the weather is hot. It has a boat launch and a great sandy beach and playground for the kids. During certain times of the year the shallow waters are filled with frogs and tadpoles. Our sons always had a wonderful time catching them
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Kawkawa Lake
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Kawkawa Lake is located 15 minutes down the hill in Hope and is one of our favorite places to go when the weather is hot. It has a boat launch and a great sandy beach and playground for the kids. During certain times of the year the shallow waters are filled with frogs and tadpoles. Our sons always had a wonderful time catching them
City/town information
Sunshine Valley gets more sunshine and less rain than Vancouver, yet with an altitude comparable to Whistler Village. The Valley and nearby Manning Park get a good dose of snow every winter, providing a four-season family vacation setting.
Sunshine Valley
Sunshine Valley gets more sunshine and less rain than Vancouver, yet with an altitude comparable to Whistler Village. The Valley and nearby Manning Park get a good dose of snow every winter, providing a four-season family vacation setting.