Hells Gate, BC, Canada
Hells Gate is an impressive natural site situated in the Frazer Canyon River, British Columbia, Canada. This rocky part of the canyon is only 33 meters wide with impressive amount of 200 million gallons of the river water rushing through it thus causing the headache to explorers, gold-miners and others. This is where the passage got its frightening name. In 1808, explorer Simon Frazer went to the site and wrote, “We had to travel where no human being should venture for surely we have encountered the gates of hell”. Nowadays, the passage has become much easier to cross because of the air tram traffic. This is why Hells Gate is now available to any visitor of the canyon and has become a popular tourist destination.
Hells Gate Hike
The guests of the canyon can either take one of two hiking trails or choose more pleasant way of exploring the site by having a breathtaking ride in an air tram that depart each 10 to 15 minutes which means that you don’t have to wait in a frustrating queue if you wish to use the tram. Other nearby activities include excursion at Fudge factory, visiting exhibits about the local fishery and authentic gold panning. Hells Gate is also famous for its paranormal activity. According to the staff members, it is believed that numerous spirits haunt the site, for example, you will meet The Smoking Man near the restaurant while Edward keeps freaking out the visitors of the gold panning station.
Hells Gate Attractions & Events
Hells Gate is a great place for an exciting trip for the whole family. Each year, several fun events take place in the canyon and the most entertaining one is the Annual Pumpkin Drop.
After exploring the breathtaking site, the visitors of Hells Gate are offered to have a nice meal at Simon’s Cafe where local treat – salmon is prepared in a superb quality. Salmon burgers, salmon chowder, smoked salmon are among the most popular meals. However, you can also choose other great dishes if you’re not that much into fish. And once you’ve seen the Hells Gate, enjoyed a nice meal, don’t forget to visit the Gold Panner Gift Shop to take something with you as a memory of this truly captivating canyon where rough nature meets thrilling history.