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Hell’s Gate. Do you see why they call it that?

So here’s Hell’s Gate.  It’s 175 feet deep right at the point that you see above.  It’s a ridiculously fast and furious and deep and scary.  Also, it’s a tourist space now and much less scary when you get to walk across it on a totally safe suspension bridge.

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7 responses

  1. Never been there! We’ll we’ve driven on by but never stopped.

    August 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    • Are you serious? I thought you’d lived in BC all your life. Well you should go. It’s a three or four times in a lifetime kind of place, but impressive nonetheless.

      August 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

  2. That’s crazy.

    August 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    • If you read the history on this place, Simon Fraser, for whom the canyon is named, made his way down the river until he got near this place and decided he wasn’t that adventurous. He and his companions tied ropes along the rocks and portaged along the cliffside, with their canoes, past this gate to Hell. The part that freaked me out is that this area of the river is 175 feet deep. If one were to get sucked down here, there’s no coming back.

      August 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

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  4. Whoah….those are some serious rapids!

    August 7, 2011 at 4:21 am

    • And frightening ones, too. It took a lot of coaxing and hand-holding to get my daughter to cross that bridge.

      August 7, 2011 at 10:16 am