If you’re looking for a fun day trip idea this fall, we’ve got a great option to toss into the ring. It turns out that BC is home to a ‘haunted’ tram ride that shows you the province’s very own “Hell’s Gate.” As if dropping from 950 feet in the air by one of the steepest trams in North America isn’t spooky enough!
Located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, the train offers fantastic views of BC’s rugged side, from the Cascade Mountain Range to the Coast Pacific Mountain Range. Honestly, we can’t think of any other attraction offering two mountain ranges in one visit – which is reason enough for us to check it out.
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Now, for its spooky past. The website claims that the area’s “history of tragedy and death” could certainly translate into some modern-day hauntings. Simon Fraser himself once called the narrow passage an “awesome gorge” and that he’d “encountered the gates of hell.” Thus, the first written history of Hell’s Gate was recorded.
“The early 1800′s and 1900′s provide several tales of peril and dismay for the men and women who came here to challenge mother nature. Their goals varied from exploration, gold-seeking or attempting to build a better future for Canada,” states the website.
Although there is mention of spirits by the names of “Edward, The Smoking Man, the lady behind the gift shop door,” visitors are assured that their ghosts are more “friendly and hospitable” than anything else.
Still, “mysterious voices, lurking shadows, and objects falling off shelves” are just some of the spooky testimonials recorded. So if it’s goosebumps you’re after, you’ll certainly get your fix here.
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In addition to riding the tram, visitors can pan for gold, check out “Simon’s Wall,” and explore Hope, BC & the surrounding area.
Admission prices include one round-trip tram ride, access to the museum and education centre, as well as the suspension bridge & observation decks. Hell’s Gate Airtram is open 7 days a week from 10 am until 4 pm.
And that’s all for now, Vancouver! We hope you check out this haunted ride & all its history.
Hell’s Gate Airtram
When: Open throughout September & October
Where: 43111 Trans Canada Highway, Boston Bar, BC
Cost: $30.99 or $25 per ticket for groups of 8+
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