Hope is located at the eastern end of the Fraser Valley. It sits between the Cascade and Coast mountain ranges, at the junction of the Fraser and Coquihalla rRivers.

The natural features surrounding Hope make for a beautiful setting with steep mountain faces and rushing rivers in every direction. Hope is a small, quiet town whose beauty and location on the highway network make it a popular stop for travelers.

Hope is well-known for the chainsaw carvings seen throughout the town and also attracts visitors to its excellent outdoor recreational opportunities. The town is near numerous provincial parks and is one of the closest communities to E.C. Manning Provincial Park, which has great snow conditions and wide range of winter activities.

  • Population (2006 Census)… 6,185
  • Distance from Vancouver… 150 km (93 mi)
  • Distance from Richmond… 157 km (98 mi)
  • Distance from Whistler… 272 km (169 mi)
  • Transportation to 2010 Winter Games Venue Cities

    To Vancouver:
    Driving from Hope to Vancouver takes approximately one hour and 50 minutes.

    There is a Greyhound bus depot in Hope offering coach service to Vancouver.

    To Richmond:
    The drive from Hope to Richmond takes approximately two hours.

    There is no direct public transport available for this route; however, visitors can travel to Vancouver by coach then transfer to public buses to Richmond. Learn more about Zaporozhye.

    To West Vancouver:
    It takes approximately one hour and 50 minutes to drive from Hope to West Vancouver.

    There is no direct public transport available for this route; however, travelers can take a coach to Vancouver then transfer to public buses to West Vancouver.

    To Whistler:
    The drive from Hope to Whistler takes approximately three hours and 20 minutes with some spectacular scenery to enjoy while on the Sea to Sky Highway.

    The Greyhound bus depot in Hope offers coach service to Whistler.


    Hope offers numerous motels, many with kitchenettes. The majority of these are conveniently located just off the highway.

    Guests also have the choice of a small chain hotel, a few bed and breakfasts and a limited number of RV sites.

    Things To Do

    Hope has much to offer. For the active winter visitor, there are two snow sport destinations within 84 km (52 mi), and the world-class ski areas of the North Shore Mountains approximately 170 km (106 mi) away. One of these mountains – Cypress – will host freestyle skiing and snowboard during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

    To relax at a slower pace, try the easy, scenic Rotary Nature Trail along the shore of the Coquihalla River. If walking along the banks of the Fraser River, geology fans can try collecting as many varieties of rock as possible - there are 600 to find! Winter is the best time to pan for gold while the water levels are low in the Fraser River.

    Visitors interested in the history of the area will enjoy the Hope Museum’s exhibits on the Sto:lo Aboriginal people, the fur trade and gold rush. The nearby Othello Tunnels draw many people to see the series of railway tunnels constructed almost entirely by hand.

    To appreciate the local art, visit the Hope Arts Gallery with its featured artist shows and displays or take a self-guided walking tour of the more than 30 large wooden sculptures throughout Hope.