Monday, June 2, 2008

Hell’s Gate

Bridges Between

Air Bridge & Foot Bridge
(Remember to click on the photos to get close)


On June 26, 1808 the explorer Simon Fraser passed along these cliff on a series of bridges and ladders built by the Thompson Indians.

Hell’s Gate is the narrowest point on the Fraser River.

The route of the present Tans-Canada Highway through the Fraser Canyon follows what was originally a fur brigade trail. It became a wagon road in 1863 and after 1925 it was passable by automobile.

Fraser River Narrows


This canyon has been traveled by foot, boat, mule, horse, wagon, steam tractor, auto, railroad and even camel.


Bridge across the River


Hells Gate Airtram takes visitors 500 ft. down and across the Fraser River.


Airtrams



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Troy and Martha

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28 comments:

A. said...

Oh, Hell's Gate looks like the right name! But the airtram ride must be truly magnificent.

Thanks for your visit earlier.

GundaM said...

Hi;)

Lots of energy in this pictures!

Nice shots.

RuneE said...

I must say that it deserves its name. Building that narrow bridge must have been a harrowing experience indeed.

I think I would have stuck with the tramway...

Ackworth Born said...

Wow I don't think I've ever seen nor even heard of an Air Tram before. I presume it works a bit like a Transporter Bridge.

Cicero Sings said...

We go by Hell's Gate every time we drive down to the Fraser Valley and Vancouver to visit friends and family. I haven't been on the actual tram since I was a kid. One of those things to do/explore in ones own area ... that one never gets around to.

Berit said...

Great pictures!!!!

Daryl said...

I am NOT a big fan of those gondolas ... but those photos are wonderful

:-Daryl

Liv said...

Spectaculus, wonderful.
Love this post!

Anemone said...

Oh my g... This is no bridges for me I think..., but so much "strong" wather...

very very nice post.

imac said...

Looks a fab place and a great bridge theme too.
I dont like heights but i guess its safe enough.lol.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Hell Gate look like a very nice and important bridge. Very nice photos all of them:)

Lilli & Nevada said...

There is no way i would get on that bridge, but great shots

Marie said...

WOW! Amazing!

Ida said...

Well named bridge.
I like the colour.
Wonderful photos!

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. Malin have been reading all of the comments herself.
I had to translate a little bit, though.
She is proud and happy! ;)

Kathiesbirds said...

Wow, that would be a bridge to make your heart pound! Great shots! Hey, I had something interesting happen out my window today. Come and see and tell me if you have ever heard of anything like this.

Kathie

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I can't figure out how they build such bridges. Amazing.

he airtram looks mighty scary to me, who haes heights. LOL

Shellmo said...

These photos made me gasp at the height - wow!

It's Time to Live... said...

Just got home from our trip to the Tetons. IT WAS GREAT! And, here I am keeping up with yours. How long have you been out and when do you have to come home.

Lew said...

The river looks wicked going through the gate. Traveling through there must have been difficult back in Simon fraser's time. Not a place for the faint hearted. Great photos of the bridge and tram.

Thanks for your comments on my bridge and Halfdome photo. I took photos about every five minutes that afternoon from full sun to dusk. The one I like best is my masthead.

Island Rambles Blog said...

I have seen this place many times but I have never seen it like in your pictures...amazing!!! We just drive by in a big hurry to get to where ever it is we are headed!!! What kind of lens is that you got on there...magical lens!!!

David said...

Woah! I'm not sure if I would have the courage to cross that bridge after looking at your photo! Hell's Gate indeed....

Cheers,

David Webb - Photographer
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Anne-Berit said...

The name fits,I think it lookes like a frightening place.Very good post though!

cedrorum said...

Great pictures and great post. I think I would have a slight problem with the 500' height of the airtram. I've become better in my old age about heights, but there are still some instances when I get vertigo. I'm feeling like that airtram might be one of those instances, especially if the wind was blowing.

fishing guy said...

Troy: Very nice captures with the bridge and tram, nicely done.

VP said...

Eek! That's tested my dislike of bridges to the full!

Great photos - as are the roses you told me about over at my place :)

John said...

Great shots and a very nice bridge post.

Max-e said...

Looks like an awesome place

troutbirder said...

Am really enjoying your blog. Alaska stuff especially.