Hells Gate Blockade

HELLS GATE BLOCKADE occurred in 1913–14 when debris from rail construction nearly blocked the FRASER R at HELLS GATE, north of HOPE. It is one of the greatest environmental DISASTERS in BC history. The CANADIAN NORTHERN RWY was building its main line through the canyon and to save time and money was illegally dumping rock into the river. The debris narrowed the channel and altered the flow pattern of the water, making it impossible for most of the SALMON migrating up the river to pass...

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