River & Thompson River Canyons Lillooet,
Ashcroft, Spences Bridge, Lytton, Boston Bar, Hells Gate, Yale & Hope
River & Thompson River Canyons
one word that best describes this region of British Columbia,
is awesome. The Coastal Mountains are rugged, and the Fraser River
combined with its many tributaries, including the Thompson, rushes
through a narrow passage as it makes its way to the Pacific Ocean.
Trans Canada Highway (Highway # 1), from
Hope to Spences
Bridge follows the Fraser and Thompson Rivers, as it makes
its way north into the interior of BC. The characteristic of the
country side at the south end, is lush and green. The ground is
covered with salal, devil's club and fern. The hemlock, balsam,
fir, alders and maples give shade and a coolness to this area.
Yale and Boston Bar, there are seven tunnels to pass through.
20 km (12.4 mi) beyond Yale you cross the Fraser River going over
the Alexandra Bridge. The mountains meet you at the highway, sagebrush
and tumbleweed are everywhere, trees become sparse, this is the
heart of the Canyon. The two railroads and the highway have been
chiseled by machine through the mountains and far below you can
see a brown ribbon winding along the barren cliffs, this is the
Fraser. It's brown, angry and deep as it makes its way through
Thompson River joins the Fraser River at Lytton. As you continue
on the Trans Canada Highway heading north you follow the blue-green
waters of the Thompson
River. Here as you wind your way along, the country side is
dry and barren and the only green is the irrigated fields. The
sun is hot. You are in the Dry Belt region of British Columbia.
two rivers, that help form the Fraser River and Thompson River
Canyons, are world famous whitewater rafting and fishing locations.
Whitewater river rafting is very popular in this BC region and
you will find a number of river rafting companies and whitewater
guides and outfitters in the different communities along the rivers.
The Fraser River is famous for the Pacific Salmon that migrate
to their birth place in the BC interior every four years. Spences
Bridge on the Thompson River is known far and wide for its catch
and release of steelhead.
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