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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Yale

Yale is located 26 km (16 miles) north of Hope and 82 km (51 miles) south of Lytton on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Yale is situated along side the Fraser River near the start of the Fraser Canyon.

Gold Rush Era
In 1848 Yale became a Hudson's Bay Fort and was the end of the line for the Fraser River sternwheelers delivering men and supplies during the gold rush era of the late 1800's. With the discovery of gold Yale became a destination point for gold seekers and the population grew to 30,000 in 1858.

Barnard's Express & Stage Lines
Known as the BX, the Barnard Express & Stage Lines operated the longest stage line run in North America. The BX delivered people and mail for twenty years between Yale and the Cariboo gold fields, a total distance of 380 miles along the famous Cariboo Wagon Road.

BC Express Co.
With the construction of CPR through the Fraser Canyon the stage line road was destroyed in the Fraser Canyon. The BX then moved from Yale and became the BC Express Co. and operated from Ashcroft to the Cariboo up until 1915.

Yale Museum
As you're travel through Yale on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 take notice of the Yale Museum which is housed in a 1868 heritage home overlooking the Fraser River. The museum contains lots of important artifacts from Yale's historic past. You can find the parking lot in behind the museum on a street beside Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Trans-Canada Hwy 1
There are few businesses in Yale mostly located on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 frontage road. Yale has a gas station, convenience store and some relic buildings from the past. Most of the residents live either quite close to the Fraser River or near the Canadian Pacific Railway lines.

Church of St. John the Divine
One of the oldest churches in British Columbia, built in 1863, Church of St. John the Divine is right near the Yale Museum. This church and the architecture plus the country garden are absolutely beautiful.

Pioneer Cemetery
The Pioneer Cemetery is located south of Yale just 10 minutes away. Overlooking the Fraser River here you can find some very old headstones some dating back to 1862. During Saturday evenings throughout August volunteers from the Yale Museum offer guided lantern tours of the Pioneer Cemetery.

Spirit Caves Trail
Just across from the Pioneer museum is the Spirit Caves Trail. This 5 km (3 miles) medium to strenuous hike takes you up to a point where there is a spectacular viewpoint towards Yale and the Fraser River.

Steep Switchback Trail
You can expect to take around 3 hours round trip on this steep switchback trail. Just remember usually in the spring there are ticks present so please dress accordingly. There are caves present at the summit but the entrance is well hidden with a large pile of boulders

Events in Yale
Some other events in Yale that you might consider looking at are: 'Fastest Guns in the West' a draw competition in mid-August put on by the Yale Museum (604) 863-2324; Then later in mid-September the Fraser River Barrel Race organized by the Heritage Historical Tours in Yale. (604) 863-2324

Fraser River Rafting
There is some access to the Fraser River at Yale if you want to get out on the river. For people who enjoy river rafting Fraser River Raft Expeditions is set up in Yale to take you through some wild whitewater experiences.

Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park
If you feel like a short walk and a view into British Columbia's past visit the Alexandria Bridge located just 22 km (14 miles) north Yale on Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Situated in Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is the site of a suspension bridge built in 1925 to cross the Fraser River.

Travelling North
If you are travelling north from Yale towards Boston Bar you will be in for some excitement. This is the section of Trans-Canada Hwy 1 goes through the scenic Fraser River Canyon. The road has some very panoramic views and travels through seven tunnels in-between Yale and Boston Bar.

Tunnel Facts
The seven tunnels are drilled through solid rock and go in order and length travelling from Yale to Boston Bar: Yale Tunnel, 286 metres (938 feet); Saddle Rock Tunnel, 146 metres (479 feet); Sailor Bar 292 metres (958 feet); Alexandra Tunnel, 290 metre (951 feet); Hell's Gate 100 metres (328 feet); Ferrabee Tunnels 100 metres (328 feet); China Bar Tunnel 610 metre (2001 feet).

Hells Gate Airtram
As you do go through the tunnels after Alexandra Tunnel look for the sign for Hells Gate Airtram. This Airtram takes you down into a chasm where the Fraser River flows through a very impressive gorge called Hells Gate. Watch the spawning salmon fight they're way through the canyon as they spawn up Fraser River.

Information on Yale




Map of Yale, British Columbia
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Historic Yale
Historic Yale


Yale Museum
Yale Museum


Church of St. John the Divine
Church of St. John the Divine


Fraser River at Yale
Fraser River at Yale


Alexandria Bridge
Alexandria Bridge

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