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Exploring Highway 1, Cache Creek to Hope:
The Fraser Canyon and Thompson River

by Murray Lundberg

Northern Highways - Alaska, the Yukon & northern British Columbia

    This page was published in March 2017 to basically set up my own week-long exploration of the Fraser Canyon the next month. Although I've spent a great deal of time in the Canyon over the past 60 years, only in the past 3 years have I re-discovered how much I love the place, and I'm spending more and more time there each year. The links at the bottom of this page include photojournals from my recent explorations.

Click on the map to the right to open an interactive map in a new window.

Things to See

(from north to south)

Cache Creek (Thompson River) - McAbee Fossil Beds 13 km east

Ashcroft - Elephant Hill Provincial Park

Epsom Provincial Park - river access

Spences Bridge - Murray Creek Falls

Goldpan Provincial Park - river access

Skihist Provincial Park and Ecological Area

Lytton - Fraser catwalk, Caboose Park

Cisco - 2 railway bridges

Jackass Mountain

Jackass Inn (burned in the 1970s)

Kandic (?) Bar

Canyon Alpine (historic motel)

Boston Bar - Francis Harrington Park (restored aerial tram); Native village; Alpine Cross (1.2 km trail 5 km from town)

North Bend - abandoned Highline Houses; Nahatlatch Provincial Park; Skuzzy Creek Provincial Park; Moon Road lookout for views of canyon

Anderson Creek Campground (commercial); large curved railway bridge (1948)

China Bar

Hell's Gate Air Tram

Alexandra Lodge

Alexandra Bridge

Yale - Creighton House (museum and Beth Clare garden); St. John the Divine church; Spirit Caves trail; Mt Lincoln Trail.

Hope - Othello Tunnels, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

Since 2005, the premier guide to tourism in the regions from Hope to Cache Creek, through the Fraser and Thompson Canyons.

The Highway Tunnels of BC's Fraser Canyon
A photoessay published in April 2015, with 15 photos.

Getting Hot: Williams Lake to Spences Bridge
A photojournal from May 2016.

Spences Bridge, Hells Gate, and more...
A photojournal from May 2016.

A winter drive from Quesnel to Vancouver
A photojournal from December 2014, with 26 photos.

Road Trip - Vancouver to Whitehorse in 46 Hours: Day 1
A photojournal from October 2013.

A History of BC's Fraser Canyon, 1808-1966
A lengthy illustrated article based on one written by Frank W. Anderson.

See the Construction of the Fraser Canyon Highway in Historical Photos
TranBC posted several photographs documenting the construction of the Fraser Canyon Highway beginning in the 1920s, and moving into the '30s, '40s and '50s.