Hell’s Gate

Hell's Gate Airtram Postcard Photo Shot in Fraser Canyon in Summer - Hell's Gate, BC, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 4, 2011: Hell's Gate Airtram postcard photo shot.


Hells Gate is the narrowest part of Fraser River, located immediately downstream of Boston Bar in the southern Fraser Canyon. The towering rock walls of the Fraser River plunge toward each other forcing the waters through a passage only 35 metres wide. The name Hells Gate was derived from the journal of explorer Simon Fraser, who in 1808 described this narrow passage as “a place where no human should venture, for surely these are the gates of Hell.”

In 1914 a large rockslide triggered by CNR (Canadian Northern Railway) construction fell into the river at Hells Gate, obstructing the passage of Pacific salmon to swim upstream to spawn. Salmon had difficulty passing through the now swifter water. In 1944 fishways were constructed to help migrating salmon pass through Hells Gate. The fishways—along with airtram gondola, observation decks, suspension bridge, and fishery exhibits—became a tourist attraction in the 1970s. Admissions tickets to Hell’s Gate give tourists unlimited access for 4 months if you’re a resident of British Columbia. There are discount coupons and promo codes available online for admissions tickets. Hell’s Gate Airtram opens daily mid April thru mid October.

Hell's Gate Airtram Cliff Sign in Fraser Canyon in Summer - Hell's Gate, British Columbia, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 4, 2011: Hell's Gate Cliff Sign

Hell's Gate Airtram Front Entrance in Fraser Canyon in Summer - Hell's Gate, BC, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 4, 2011: Hell's Gate front entrance

Hell's Gate Airtram Suspension Bridge in Fraser Canyon in Summer - Hell's Gate, British Columbia, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 4, 2011: Hell's Gate suspension bridge



Hell's Gate Airtram Exhibit in Fraser Canyon in Summer - Hell's Gate, BC | SAMTSAI.COM

August 4, 2011: Hell's Gate exhibit

Hell's Gate Airtram Big Chair in Fraser Canyon in Summer - Hell's Gate, British Columbia, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 4, 2011: Hell's Gate big chair

Hell's Gate Airtram Rock Climbing in Fraser Canyon in Summer - Hell's Gate, BC, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 4, 2011: Hell's Gate rock climbing

Hell's Gate Airtram Gold Panning Garden in Fraser Canyon in Summer - Hell's Gate, British Columbia, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 4, 2011: Hell's Gate gold panning garden

Hell's Gate Airtram Simon Fraser Painting 1808 in Fraser Canyon in Summer - Hell's Gate, BC, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 4, 2011: Hell's Gate Simon Fraser painting 1808

Map & Driving Direction

Exact location of Hell’s Gate parking lot is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map. Click here for discount coupons to admissions tickets.



View Larger Map

2 thoughts on “Hell’s Gate

Leave a Reply