“Experience Hope” is the motto of a small British Columbia town, two hours east of Vancouver. Hope, BC, sits at the intersection of three major highways — the Trans-Canada (Highway 1), Highway 3, and Highway 5 — making it an almost-required stopping point for road trippers traveling between Vancouver, the Okanagan wine region, BC’s mountain national parks, and the Canadian Rockies.
But I recently had the chance to “Experience Hope” on a road trip through British Columbia’s Fraser Canyon region, and I found that the area is worth more than a coffee stop — particularly if you stay at Hope’s recently revamped Evergreen B&B.
Here’s the scoop:
Evergreen B&B doesn’t look like much from the exterior, on a quiet street just off the main highway. But inside, owner Christian Paauwe and his family have transformed this traditional bed-and-breakfast into a stylish and contemporary three-room inn. Though he grew up in the Vancouver area, Christian spent nearly a decade in Japan where he met and married his wife. Moving back to Canada with their two children, they took over and updated the B&B in 2016.
Guest Rooms and Amenities
The three units at Evergreen B&B are all spacious mini-suites, with fireplaces, sitting areas, and updated bathrooms. Rooms have mini-fridges and coffeemakers, and guests can use a microwave in the common area.
The smartly designed suites replace the stereotypical Victorian frills of old-fashioned B&Bs with contemporary linens, plenty of pillows, and interesting artwork.
In the lower level dining room, with rustic wood walls, guests sit down to a full hot breakfast, normally served at 8:30am. The first course is fresh fruit or a yogurt parfait, and the cooked-to-order main dish might be a waffles or a bacon and cheese omelet.
There’s plenty to do around Hope if you’re interested in exploring the outdoors. Start with a short hike in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, where you can walk through the eerie Othello Tunnels. These now-abandoned tunnels were built in the early 1900s as part of a railway link between the Kootenay Mountain region and the BC coast. Bring a flashlight; these tunnels are dark!
Drive north on Highway 1 into the Fraser Canyon and swing over the Fraser River with a ride on the Hell’s Gate Airtram. Nearby, you can learn more about the region’s gold rush history at the Yale Historic Site.
Before you head back to your B&B for the night, linger over dinner at 293 Wallace, a surprisingly sophisticated contemporary bistro in downtown Hope, an excellent way to wrap up your “Experience Hope” experience.
Rates at Evergreen B&B start at CAD$149/night.