The 115km ride from Hope heading northward to Lytton was brilliant. For much of the day we had the Fraser River in sight (800M litres of water per minute passing through a section of the Fraser Canyon known as Hells Gates), numerous thunderously long trains rumbled on both sides of the river, old highway and bridges to explore, plenty of elevation and diverse scenery. Not to mention the Big Horn sheep? – see last photo.
The southern stretch of Fraser Canyon 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.
Towards the end of the day we rounded Jack Ass Mountain where soon after the environment went from high rainfall, tall timber, waterfalls etc to a semi arid. The contrast was startling as the photos below will bare out. At Lytton the Fraser River and the Thompson River join to become the Fraser River. Jack Ass mountain is named for the muletrains that ventured north to the Cariboo gold fields; apparently some did not make it over the bluff and perished in a fall hence the name. Apparently the hill has taken its fair share of oxen, steamers, RVs and trucks as well. (Reference: Wikipedia)
At the end of the photos is two short video clips. 1) The Fraser River and 2) Train passing just North of Lytton, near our campground for that night. There are more photos in the Gallery / British Columbia / 17th May Hope-Lytton.