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During our return in 1982 from a three-year sojurn Papua New Guinea, we sampled some of BC's wild country in the Fraser Canyon area, as we rented a car in Vancouver and drove all the way across the ranges of the lower mainland before stopping in Calgary, Alberta.
As Wikipedia says: "The Fraser Canyon is a stretch of the Fraser River where it descends rapidly through narrow rock gorges in the Coast Mountains enroute from the Interior Plateau of British Columbia to the Fraser Valley. Its southern stretch is a major transportation corridor to the Interior from 'the Coast', with the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways and the Trans-Canada Highway carved out of its rock faces and in spots hanging above the river or many of the canyon's side-crevasses by dozens of bridges and trestles"
We stopped at a spot known as Hells Gate where the canyon walls tower about 1000 m above the churning waters of the river below. A group of old buildings formerly used by workmen in the days when the canyon was still being tamed is now used as a cafe and gift shop for tourists who want to get a close-up view of the turbulent waters or the fish ladder that allows Pacific Salmon to reach their upriver spawning grounds. We all got quite a thrill out of our ride to the bottom of the canyon on a gondola similar to those used at ski resorts (2nd photo).
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