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Canada - Three Valley Gap to Vancouver

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We were edging closer to the end of our road trip but we were still in for a treat. The Three Valley Gap town has a very good open air museum with original buildings and artifacts from British Columbia's early settler days in the 1800's. Trains, cars, old stores, workshops, you name it. A great stop off.

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After a night in Kamloops we headed back to Vancouver via 'Hell's Gate' with some spectacular scenery on the way. It's much drier in this part of British Columbia, so very different to the Rockies. The Thompson Canyon was very impressive and so was the meeting of two rivers in Lytton (check out the photo). Further along the Fraser River we arrived at Hell's Gate. A narrow passage which has been a popular salmon fishing ground for Aboriginal communities for centuries. In 1914 a large rock slide triggered by construction fell into the river at Hell's Gate, obstructing the passage of Pacific salmon needing to swim upstream to spawn. To help with this a fish way was built in 1944. Now there are huge volumes of salmon that travel 1,400km upstream from the Vancouver area! There is a cable car which unfortunately was closed when we arrived but we were able to scramble down via a trail to check out the bridge. Luckily this was the salmon spawning season so we could see up-close the masses of salmon swimming against the raging rapids. Quite a sight!

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We checked out the 91m long Alexandra bridge built in 1863 which was nearby and Yale before grabbing a bit to eat in Hope. Before long we found ourselves back in Vancouver. A great trip that we highly recommend!

Posted by TheNomadWay.com 16:00 Archived in Canada

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