A friend of mine has a nice saying "Dios cuida a sus animalitos -- God takes care of his little animals --". I remembered that sentence when I borrowed a nice little car that I will keep driving for the next months. Special thanks to Eric Whistlecroft for his help.
Introducing the "Juanmobile IV"
For a six footer like me, I was surprised to have plenty of room seat. Initially I was planning to test the car until Whistler, but then I discovered that this car is 3 times more gas efficient than my old 4Runner
Later on I put 92 octane gas and it was like giving Viagra to the little engine.
Without nothing else to do I decide to do a loop and one hour later I reached Lytton. This is a village of superlatives, known as "The Rafting Capital of Canada", "Canada's Hot Spot" and "The Other Olympic Village"
The mighty Fraser River and its largest tributary, the Thompson River
Then I decided to stop on Hell's Gate. The name came when on July 1808, Simon Fraser arrived to this point and said: "We had to travel where no human being should venture - for surely we have encountered the gates of hell."
Today, the steepest non-supported Tram in North America has two gondolas that descend every 4-8 minutes across the Fraser Canyon 1044 ft. (330 metres) to the Lower Terminal.
In 1913, the Canadian National Railway was hewing its way through the Rockies and the Fraser Canyon. One of the blasts produced a rock slide that partially blocked the Fraser River at Hell's Gate. As a result a dramatic drop in the salmon run resulted.
The massive structures were then constructed to enable the spawning salmon to navigate through Hell's Gate. Thirty years were needed to repair man's damage. The fishways were completed in 1966.
This is the deepest and narrowest section on the Fraser River. It is 110 ft. (33 meters) wide with over 200 million gallons of water flowing through every minute, twice the volume of Niagara Falls.
On the lower level you can visit gift shops, a fudge factory (yummy!), the fisheries display, a restaurant and walk around including the suspension bridge.
Something that they don't tell you is that you can go to the lower level for free. If you are coming from Hope, 200 metres before the Hell's Gate Entrance, you will see a stop sign. You can park there (be careful with the incoming traffic) and a have a 45 minutes hike.
I will recommend to do the short hike and spent the $14 dollars of the ride eating some delicious fudge
Driving distance: 583 km