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.
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.
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