The mission of the Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning is to:
- provide outdoor education and ecological awareness opportunities in the watersheds of southwest British Columbia.
- conserve, protect and restore natural resources within Southwest British Columbia by facilitating and guiding environmental and land stewardship projects.
- educate and increase the public‘s understanding and appreciation of the environment by offering educational seminars, programs and courses.
- educate and enhance the public‘s knowledge and appreciation of the art, history and language of First Nations in Southwest British Columbia by offering courses and workshops.
- advance education by providing professional development courses to elementary and secondary school teachers in the areas of environmental stewardship and preservation.
Originally a First Nations route for hunting and trade, the HBC Trail played a key role in British Columbia’s early development. Completed in 1849, the HBC Trail was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company with the help of local First Nations. They built the trail to link the Fraser River at Fort Hope with Fort Kamloops and other important fur forts farther north to Stuart Lake. For more than a decade, the HBC’s fur empire in Western North America depended on this trail.
The HBC Trail crosses rugged wilderness and you should have previous experience with mountain travel. Very few bridges exist on the trail, so be prepared to cross streams and rivers by wading across, just as the “Brigades” of 1849 did.
It is best to travel the trail from July to September, when snowpack is largely melted and streams are running low. Total trail distance across the Cascades from Peers Creek trail head to Tulameen River trail head = 74km
The trail route is cleared and marked, but a detailed topographic map and compass are recommended. Bring a water purification system such as tablets or a hand pump. Carry adequate food and first aid. Prepare for changing mountain weather. Tell someone your route and when you plan to return.
Please respect the trail’s non-motorized status and “Heritage Trail” designation.
The Hope Lookout Trail
The Hope Lookout Trail was built in the mid-1990’s and has quickly become one of the most popular hiking trails in the area.
It is easily accessible on foot from downtown Hope and offers an exciting vista from a viewpoint 470 metres up the side of Mount Hope. The 2.4km trail climbs steeply through lush coastal forest, ending at a spectacular viewpoint perched on a rocky slope. Some locals refer to this trail as “Hope’s Grouse Grind,” for its steep ascent and rewarding view.
Traveling west on Old Hope-Princeton Way, take the first left under the overpass and park at the picnic tables. Follow the (gated) gravel road to the left and look for signs that mark the beginning of the trail.