A trip through the Fraser Canyon is an exceptional family adventure where you’ll find the journey to be as awe-inspiring as the many unique destinations! Travel the Trans-Canada with towering walls of mountain above and the deep and mighty Fraser River carving its way through the canyon below. Count the tunnels that were blasted through mountains and watch the skies for raptors like the majestic bald eagle. There’s so much to see and do in the canyon, you might not know where to start. Read on for ideas to give you a rich and authentic Fraser Canyon experience!
HELLS GATE AIRTRAM
43111 Trans-Canada Highway, Boston Bar
Experience the thrill of riding an airtram hundreds of feet in the air as you cross the Fraser River at a passage that’s only 35 metres wide, causing 200 million gallons of water per minute to roil and rage in a fury of whitewater! Learn about the history of the area, visit the restaurant for a bite, and find a memento in the beautifully stocked gift shop.
1345 Trans-Canada Highway, Lytton
Perched on a 15-acre site above the Thompson River, Kumsheen offers world-class whitewater adventures on the rapids of the Thompson, Fraser, or Nicola Rivers. Enjoy an overnight stay at a variety of lodgings, such as teepees, canvas cabins, RV, and tent sites. Enjoy the pooland spa and a meal in their restaurant.
61755 Nahatlatch Forest Service Road, Boston Bar
Enjoy a thrilling trip on the rapids! Choose from their premier rafting trip on the Nahatlatch River, featuring 24 action packed rapids! Or choose from amazing trips on the Thompson, Coquihalla, or Fraser Rivers, or for experts only – the class 5 Stein River. Stay at the resort and enjoy activities like glamping, yoga, and relaxing on the private beach on the Nahatlatch River.
HISTORIC ALEXANDRA BRIDGE
As part of the original Cariboo Wagon Road, this bridge was built in 1863 to span the Fraser River and stood until flooding destroyed the bridge deck in 1894. With the dawn of the automotive era, the new Cariboo Highway opened and a new bridge was constructed in 1926, using the original 1863 footings. Closed to auto traffic in 1964, the bridge was opened to foot traffic in 1984 as part of the Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park. This is a scenic spot for a rest stop, picnic, and scenic walk down to this grand old bridge.
YALE HISTORIC SITE
31187 Douglas Street, Yale
Travel back in time to experience what life was like over 200 years ago at this fascinating site filled with seemingly endless artifacts! Head outside to try gold panning, explore the canvas tents that recreate a gold rush saloon, general store, and more. And visit St. John the Divine, one of the oldest churches in British Columbia.
FRANCIS HARRINGTON PARK
Boston Bar Station Road & Trans-Canada Highway, Boston Bar.
This park features the aerial tram that was used to cross the Fraser River – carrying one car and its passengers at a time – and connect the villages of Boston Bar and North Bend. The tram was operational from 1940 until a bridge was built connecting the communities in 1985. Interpretive signage tells the story of the tram and history of the area, filled with photos and memories from the towns’ elders, with paintings on the back by Rick Campbell.
790 Main Street, Lillooet
Doubling as the Visitor Centre, this museum is housed in the former Anglican Church, St. Mary’s the Virgin. Constructed in 1860 with timbers carried by miners and mules over the Harrison-Lillooet Trail, it was rebuilt in 1961, using the church’s original chancel. The museum’s bountiful collection of artifacts gives a fascinating view into Lillooet’s past, including gold rush history, Indigenous culture, and memories of Lillooet’s pioneer days.
THE OLD BRIDGE
790 Main Street, Lillooet
This beautiful suspension bridge was built in 1913 to replace a winch ferry that was used to cross the river since 1860. Now a footbridge, it offers fantastic photo opportunities of the surrounding dramatic landscape. Fun fact: In 2003, to support of the local bat population, it was restored with several bat houses!
46292 Tuckkwiowhum Road, Boston Bar
Experience the rich culture of the Nlaka’pamux people at this First Nations heritage site. Stroll the peaceful grounds and see a traditional village including a smoke house, summer lodges, food caches, sweat lodge, earth ovens, and pit house. The site also features a gas station, store, and campground, so it’s a perfect spot to fuel up and stay a while.
XWÍSTEN EXPERIENCE TOURS
5202 Lillooet Pioneer Road, Lillooet
See the fishing grounds where the St’at’imc people fish for salmon that sustain them through the winter and witness a wind-dried salmon demonstration. Take a walking tour of the archeological village and see over 80 cultural depressions – these were S7ístkens (pithouses) which comfortably housed the St’at’imc through winter months. Enter a reconstructed pithouse to experience what life in a traditional winter home was like.
HEAVEN N EARTH NATIVE GALLERY AND CULTURAL STUDIO
340B Wallace Street, Hope
Shop for 100% authentic handcrafted Indigenous art and goods. Owner Teresa will give you an understanding of the cultural significance behind the items, as she and her daughter craft most of what you’ll find, along with other local Indigenous artists. Using traditional media such as beads, pine needles, birch and cedar bark, leather and bone, they craft a variety of gorgeous, premium quality products.
FRASER CANYON RIVERSIDE DOMES
With all the luxuries of home, these geodesic domes offer a large 550 sq. feet of space, lavishly furnished for maximum relaxation. Outfitted with everything you need, like a full kitchen, plush beds and private bathroom, this is your home away from home. Propane fireplaces and air conditioning ensure you’ll be comfortable no matter the weather! Enjoy the fire table on your large deck and soak in the cedar wood-burning hot tub.
CABINS AT BLUE LAKE RESORT
63452 Blue Lake
With so much to do right on site, you’ll want to stay a while! Choose from wide variety of Rustic, Lake, or Luxury cabins, or stay in the campground. Surrounded by pristine wilderness, It’s the perfect way to get back to nature, with hiking, swimming, canoeing, or lazing on the beach!
FRASER CANYON TEEPEE ESCAPE
Choose from two teepees, both with propane fire pits and private decks and artfully decorated in the traditional style of the people of Yale First Nation. Located on the banks of the mighty Fraser River, these spacious teepees are outfitted for pure comfort with King sized beds, full kitchens, and cozy furniture. Sink back into a wood-fired cedar hot tub with spectacular river views.
GLAMPING AT REO RAFTING RESORT
61755 Nahatlatch Forest Service Road
Imagine waking up next to the beautiful Nahatlatch River, in a luxuriously appointed canvas tent. Each tent features beautifully furnished and designed interiors and private decks and are fully catered and oh-so-comfy! This is glamping done right!
We hope your adventures in the wild and rugged Fraser Canyon leave you with incredible memories, amazing photography, and a wish to visit again soon! Get help planning your next trip below!