"HOPE - Chainsaw carving Capital." Hope by joanj

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chainsaw carving

Chainsaw carving began as a community project in 1991 and now there are over 30 bigger-than-life carvings throughout Hope and the Fraser Canyon area, carved by two local chainsaw artists, Pete Ryan, born in Toronto in l950, and Dr.Robert Forde DC.a local chiropractor.

It all started with a large tree in Memorial Park that was diagnosed with a bad case of root rot. While local residents anguished over the loss of the tree, artist Pete Ryan suggested that there might be a way to gain something positive from the situation.

The tree was cut down from a high point on the trunk, so that a 12ft stump remained behind. He then set to work on the stump with his chainsaws. The result was a carving of a bald eagle with a salmon in it's talons. (I did take a photograph of this parcicular carving, but because it was in amongst all the other trees, it came out dark, and undistinguishable, so I deleted it. )

In 1990 Hope was struggling to come to terms with the face that a number of trees in Memorial Park were afflicted with root rot, and would have to be removed. That is when Pete Ryan came forward with his ingenious idea.

Take a look at the complexity of the carving, and marvel at the dexterity of the carvers.

There is a walking tour that visitors can follow to view all of the carvings. Suggest you go to the Hope Visitor InfoCentre to enquire where any new carvings may be, and pick up a copy of the tour.

I have put other pictures of the carvings under the "things to do" heading, just to show you some to look out for.

1965 Tradegy

One of the most awesome sights in the Hope area is the view of the Hope Slide. where a natural disaster killed four people over 35 years ago.

Early on the morning of January 9th, l965 Johnson Peak collapsed sending tons of rock, mud and trees onto the Crowsnest Highway #3 just southeast of Hope. Three vehicles and their four occupants stopped by an earlier small snow slide, were caught in the wave of mud which swept back into the valley from the south side. Two victims were never found. The extent of the damage is still clearly visible.

I was not able to photograph Johnsons Peak as the tour coach only slowed down, not stopping at all.

Please read the website for interesting facts regarding this, and landslides their differences etc.
click here Hope Slide

  • Last visit to Hope: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 24, 2005
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