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SFU Professor Emeritus and geology expert, John Clague, returns for another exciting tour of British Columbia’s dynamic, evolving landscape.

This year’s trip will showcase the geology of the spectacular Fraser Canyon, from Hope to Lytton and east along the Thompson River Valley to Skihist Provincial Park picnic area. We will focus on aspects of geologic history, tectonic faulting, mega-floods, landslides and other natural hazards of the Cascades.

Comments from previous School of Rock trips:

“Excellent information about rocks/geology!”

“It was well organized and provided good info. Overall a good day and good value for the cost.”

“This program was very educational but also very friendly….”

“Overall another great program! I learned a great deal, and had a lot of fun.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.”

“It was an excellent day and really enjoyed my time. This was my first trip with Hope Mountain … and will recommend to others. Thank-you for organizing such fun and educational trips!”

“Enjoy every program I have attended. Thank you for organizing such interesting topics and events.”


SORRY, THIS PROGRAM IS FULL. Please contact us at 604-869-1274, or email for additional information.

Adult: $95
Youth/student rates available

Price includes:

  • Bus transport
  • Geology guide Dr. John Clague
  • Naturalist and plant expert Kelly Pearce
  • First aid support


Participants should be able bodied, with at least average physical fitness. Field locations include some rough, uneven ground. Distances are short, so stamina is not required.


Sunday, June 9, 2019 – Updated!

8:30 AM – Meet at the Blue Moose Coffee House (322 Wallace Street in Hope).  Note: if you plan to have breakfast, come earlier (8:00 AM).

9:00 AM – Tour begins, travelling north on Highway-1 from Hope to Lytton.

12:00 PM – Lunch on the road.
6:00 PM – Arrive back at Blue Moose Coffee House.

Stop 1, Fraser River viewpoint, Hope
Overview of the Fraser River watershed and Fraser River
Floods on the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers
Geology of Hope including the origin of Coquihalla Canyon and the Fraser River fault

Stop 2, Fraser River Canyon at Lady Franklin Rock
Reversal of the Fraser River and origin of the Fraser Canyon
Landslides in the Fraser Canyon
First Nations Fraser River fishery

Stop 3, East side of Fraser Canyon on Anderson River Forest Road
‘Whaleback ridge’ carpeted by huge boulders – Evidence of Fraser River ‘mega-floods’ 11,000 years ago
Source and size of the mega-floods

Stop 4, Bluff on west side of Fraser River south of Lytton
Thick mega-flood deposits exposed in the core of a whaleback ridge

Stop 5, Lytton
Confluence of the Fraser and Thompson rivers (one river is muddy, the other is clear)
Mega-flood terrace at mouth of the Thompson River
Lytton traction ferry
Lytton ‘jelly roll’ structure
Lytton Museum

Stop 6, Skihist picnic site
Deformed Paleozoic sedimentary rocks and the tectonic assemblage of the Cordillera
Late Pleistocene outwash gravels and the Cordilleran Ice Sheet
Keeping the Canadian National Railway line safe



8:30 AM – Meet at the Blue Moose Coffee House (322 Wallace Street in Hope). Note: if you plan to have breakfast, come earlier (8:00 AM).



Participants must make their own arrangements in order to reach tour bus pick-up location in Hope, BC.


* Bag lunch
* Snack food and water
* Hiking boots or other sturdy footwear
* Warm clothes and rain gear
* Sunglasses, hat, sunblock
* Camera, binoculars
* Geology field book, hand lens

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.


Liability Release Form

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.

Informed Consent Form

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.

Dr. John Clague Biography

John Clague is Emeritus Professor at Simon Fraser University. He was educated at Occidental College (BA), the University of California Berkeley (MA), and the University of British Columbia (PhD). Clague worked as a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada from 1975 until 1998. In 1998 he accepted a faculty position in Department of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He is currently Director of the Centre for Natural Hazard Research at SFU. Clague has 35 years experience working as a surficial geologist in British Columbia and Yukon Territory. He has studied, and published on, natural hazards in southwest Yukon and has been a member of expert panels evaluating proposed British Columbia mine tailing storage facilities and debris flow and flood hazards. Clague’s other principle professional interest is improving public awareness of earth science by making relevant geoscience information available to students, teachers, and the general public. He gives frequent talks to school and community groups and is regularly called on by the media to comment on a range of earth science issues. He has written two popular books on the geology and geologic hazards of southwest British Columbia, and a textbook on natural hazards. Clague is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, former President of the Geological Association of Canada, and Past-President of the International Union for Quaternary Research and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC). He is recipient of the Geological Society of America Burwell Award, the Royal Society of Canada Bancroft Award, APEGBC’s Innovation Editorial Board Award, the Geological Association of Canada’s (GAC) E.R.W Neale Medal, and GAC’s Logan Medal and Ambrose Medal. He was the 2007-2008 Richard Jahns Distinguished Lecturer for the Geological Society of America and Association of Environmental and Engineering Geology.


Space is limited and there may be a waiting list, so please let us know immediately if you must cancel.

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.

Our outdoor programs

Hope Mountain Centre maintains an excellent safety record. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these events do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property. 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.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.

This program is funded in part through a generous donation from the Geological Association of Canada.