Explore the many natural and cultural wonders of the Fraser Canyon.
A weekend field camp exploring the exciting human history and unique ecology of the Fraser Canyon. You’ll travel the canyon by land and water, visiting ancient First Nation villages, fortifications, and fishing sites. Historians will also reveal the major events of early European contact in the canyon, from fur trails to gold rushes and railways. The Canyon’s ecology will be on display too, including a rare stand of Garry oak found nowhere else on the BC Mainland.
Trip leaders include an archaeologist, historian, river morphologist, and two naturalists. You’ll be in the company of experts who love the Fraser Canyon and can show you secret places that few people ever see.
Our basecamp will be Camp Squeah, located just north of Hope and a 2-hour drive from almost anywhere in the Lower Mainland. Shared accommodation is available in clean, modern rooms with private washrooms. Bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletries (NOTE: bedding and towels can be provided for an additional fee–please contact us for details). All meals will be provided, with a sit down breakfast, custom bag lunch, a buffet style supper and evening snacks, all provided by the friendly Camp Squeah staff.
Wildlife viewing and photography can be enjoyed throughout the weekend and each evening will feature knowledgeable speakers. Note that the rafting portion of the weekend does NOT include extreme rapids or white water, so novices should not be afraid of the river travel. Fraser River Raft Expeditions will take us downriver from Spuzzum to Emory Creek, and they have an excellent safety record with decades of experience on the Fraser.
$450 per person (Bedding and towels can be provided for an additional fee–please contact us for details)
- Accommodation (rooms will be shared with 1 or 2 others)
- All meals
- Leaders and guest speakers (5 in total)
- River raft transport
- First aid support
Participants will be walking short distances (1 km or less) at each location. Terrain is generally moderate with occasional steep sections. You must be mobile with average physical stamina.
Friday, May 29
7:00 PM — Camp Squeah
Check-in and room assignments. (Please let us know in advance if late check-in is required)
8:00 PM — Camp Squeah history & information / weekend introduction
8:30 PM — Evening presentation: Michael Klassen, archaeologist, illustrates First Nation history and culture in the Fraser Canyon, including the collaboration and conflict that came with European arrival.
Saturday, May 30
7:30 AM — Main Lodge Dining Hall
Breakfast and bag lunch preparation.
9:00 AM — Depart Camp Squeah for:
- Historic Yale
- Douglas Portage fur trail
- Lady Franklin Rock
- Cariboo Wagon Road
- Spuzzum village site
- Alexandra Bridge and Lodge
- Tikwalus Heritage Trail
5:30 PM — Main Lodge Dining Hall
7:30 PM — Edelweiss Lodge
Evening presentation: Mike Church, fluvial scientist, explains many features of the Fraser River, including recent studies that calculate the impact of gold mining sediments released during the 1860’s and after.
Sunday, May 31
7:30 AM — Main Lodge Dining Hall
Breakfast and bag lunch preparation
9:00 AM — Depart Camp Squeah for:
- Rafting the Fraser River – Spuzzum to Emory Creek, hosted by Fraser River Raft Expeditions • Garry Oak Ecological Reserve
- Archaeological sites on the Fraser River
- Hill’s Bar (site of the 1858 Fraser Gold Rush)
- Emory Creek
3:00 PM — Return home
Camp Squeah, just 15 km north of Hope on Hwy 1. Coming from Hope, look for the large Camp Squeah sign on the left side of Hwy 1. Turn into the driveway and follow to the Camp Squeah office at the end and park. We will have signs to direct you from there.
Participants will need their own vehicles to get to Camp Squeah and to explore the Canyon on Saturday. All locations are accessible to 2-wheel-drive vehicles and carpooling is encouraged. On Sunday, a shuttle bus will take us upriver to the raft launch at Spuzzum.
Participants should be prepared for the demands of changing weather. For the Sunday rafting trip, we recommend all belongings be packed in water-tight bags (especially electronics).
- Snacks and extra water
- Hat and sunblock
- Sun glasses
- Sturdy footwear (wool socks inside old runners work well for rafting day)
- Rain gear
- Knapsack or carrying bag
- Polar Fleece or acrylic/wool top (warm when wet)
- Change of dry cloths (for rafting day)
- Wind breaker
- Camera, binoculars, field guides
Also, don’t forget your bedding, towels and toiletries!
Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.
Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.
If a registration is cancelled 7 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 7 days before the start of a program. A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.
A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY
Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program.
Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.
Please note there is no accommodation for pets.