Hope is located within a 90 minute drive on Highway 1, 153km/716.4m east of Vancouver and a three hour drive from Seattle, Hope is a gateway destination to the heart of British Columbia, a featured stop along several interesting driving routes and a beautiful place to settle down!
At the edge of the Fraser Valley it is a hub of highways that travel in all directions: To the west, across the Fraser Valley flatlands lies Vancouver via Hwys 1 & 7; to the north, Hwy 1 continues up the Fraser Canyon to the Interior and Cariboo regions; to the east, Hwy 3 crosses the Coast Mountains to Princeton and east to the Kootenays and to the south, is the only access road to the Skagit Valley at the edge of the Cascade Mountains.
US Border Crossing
The majority of cross border travelers choose to enter Canada via the Peace Arch crossing off I-5. However, the Sumas crossing at Abbotsford or Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing in Whatcom County are considerably closer to Hope and although smaller, usually less congested. Leave I-5 at the Meridian Exit 256 in Bellingham and travel approximately 32.2km/20m north to the Canadian border.
Arrivals to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond or to Abbotsford International Airport are best advised to rent a car to reach Hope. Bellingham Regional Airport is the nearest US gateway where car rentals are available. Hope Regional Airpark’s unique grass strip services only small, privately owned aircraft.
There is no public transit within Hope, largely because everything within the five-block downtown core is within easy walking distance and Hope Taxi does offer service as required within the region. To discover what Hope is really all about – the parks, rivers and natural surrounds, a car or bicycle is helpful. A four-wheel drive vehicle is advised if plans include back-country, forestry roads.
- Hope Taxi: Phone (604) 869-5501
The Visitor Centre has numerous maps and information guides on the entire area including downtown, the provincial parks and river systems, the Fraser Canyon, Manning Park and outlying areas.
Purchase an excellent, newly released hiking, biking, horse riding and XC/backcountry ski map online at Clark Geomatics.