Posted by: cherylyoung | June 21, 2012

Like many towns in British Columbia, Yale BC’s fortunes followed that of the gold rush

Located at the southern entrance to the

 spectacular Fraser Canyon, the town of Yale is

one of southwestern British Columbia’s oldest

 and most historic communities, having been the

bustling steamship navigation capital during the

Gold Rush.


Founded as a Hudson’s Bay fort in 1848, Yale rose

 to prominence as the inland terminus of the Fraser

River sternwheelers and a waystation for those

travelling up and down the Fraser River.

Explorer Simon Fraser himself camped here in

the summer of 1808, after his horrendous trip

down the river that now bears his name.

Like many towns in British Columbia, Yale’s

fortunes followed that of the Gold Rush.

In 1858 gold was discovered on a gravel bar just

2 miles south of Yale on the Fraser River.

This place was soon known as Hill’s Bar named

after the prospector who found gold there.

The discovery of gold caused a massive influx of

people to pour into the region from all over the

world, the majority of which came from the

 California Gold Rush of 1849.

At the height of Gold Fever in 1858, this town

boasted 20,000 residents.

In 1862 the government paid for a road that started

in Yale and went for 400 miles to gold mining town

 called Barkerville.

The narrow, steep, rocky road was called the

Cariboo Wagon Road – today’s modern highway

follows much of the old road.

During the period of railway construction in the

1880′s Yale became the main supply centre for all

the work in the Cascade Division of British


The railway that now passes right through the

 middle of Yale in front of the museum and church

is the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Today the residents of Yale number only 200.

Though the gold ran out, Yale continued

prospering, as it still does today as a forestry and

service centre.

Historic Yale is only a 15-minute drive north from

 Hope on the Trans-Canada Highway 1.

The site is right beside the highway as it goes

through Yale.

Even if you’re going east via Highway 3, it’s a

convenient side trip.

Location: Yale is located on the Trans-Canada

 Highway 1, on the bank of the Fraser River,

16 miles (26 km) north of Hope.

To the north of Yale are the communities of

Spuzzum and Boston Bar.

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Cheryl Holmes Young

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