Fraser River SafariSto:lo ArchaeologySto:lo Archaeology

Join us for a jet boat tour of archaeological sites along the Fraser River from Hope to Yale.

You will visit hidden village sites that are difficult to reach and little known beyond the small community of experts who work in the field of archaeology and Stó:lō cultural history.  Archaeological work done over the past several years shines a light on the history and strategic importance of these historic villages.

Stó:lō historian Sonny McHalsie will point out the stories and place names attached to dozens of land and river features along the Fraser.  Archaeologist Dave Schaepe will interpret some of the recent archaeological findings as they guide us through ancient village sites. The significance of these villages within the larger system of Stó:lō communities on the Fraser will be revealed.


$195 per person (includes GST)

Prices include:

* Jet boat tour from Hope to Yale, return

* Professional educators

* First aid support

Age Limit:

Children 8 years old and up are welcome.


Light physical exercise will be required, as we load on and off the jet boat and tour village sites, sometimes hiking over rough, rocky ground and bush-whacking through coastal undergrowth. Hiking distance to each village site will be short, just a few hundred metres at most.


Saturday, October 19th, 2019

9:00 AM – Meet at the north-west end of Rupert Street in Hope (see map).  Park here and load into the jet boat for upriver tour to Yale.

Noon – Lunch on the Fraser River.

4:00 PM – Jet boat delivers us back to our vehicles for the drive home.

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Meet at the north-west end of Rupert Street in Hope.

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All participants must make their own arrangements to travel to the meeting place in Hope.

River travel will be the responsibility of Fraser River Safari. The company has many years of experience on the Fraser and Harrison rivers. Their jet boat has room for 22 people, guided by a captain and assistant. The jet boat is heated inside and is enclosed by glass, allowing for scenic viewing and weather protection.


This program is “rain-or-shine” and participants should be prepared for the demands of changing weather and all belongings should be packed in water-tight bags (especially electronics).

  • Lunch
  • At least 1 litre of water
  • Snacks
  • Hat and sunblock
  • Sun glasses
  • Sturdy footwear for hiking
  • Toque
  • Rain gear
  • Knapsack or carrying bag
  • Polar fleece or acrylic/wool top (warm when wet)
  • Retainer or string for glasses
  • Long pants
  • Wind breaker
  • Camera
  • Binoculars


Liability Release Form

Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take 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. This form 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.

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.


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.


Please register for this program online. For more information, call 604-869-1274 or email us at