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BC Highway itinerary: Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Hope #1

What to See & Do Between Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) and Hope

The Trans-Canada skirts the actual City of Vancouver, to the north on the Upper Levels Highway with its views over the rest of the Lower Mainland, and then though the suburban communities of Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey. The bridges over the Second Narrows and the Fraser River provide sore great views of the communities around them, and of the busy river traffic below. West of Langley, you drive past miles of lush green farmland, the breadbasket of BC, hemmed in by the Cascade Mountains to the south.

British Columbia Itinerary - Horseshoe Bay to Hope
Vancouver - Horseshoe Bay Panorama - sliver (Mark Ruthenberg)
Vancouver - Horseshoe Bay Panorama - sliver (Mark Ruthenberg)

Point Atkinson Light in Lighthouse Park in North Vancouver

Here is the itinerary for the 171 km along the #1 highway between Lion’s Bay (West Vancouver) and Hope:

Passing Through Greater Vancouver

The North Shore Mountains are a spectacular part of the Vancouver city skyline. These mountains are made of granite, and the Ice Age coastline was 150 m above the current sea level, showing how much the land rose once the weight of glaciers was lifted. Today’s mild maritime climate enables Douglas firs to grow to 100 metres, and the red cedars and western hemlock grow to unusual size as well. For those who have time, should take gondola rides to the top of Cypress Mountain  or Grouse Mountain, or hike the deep forest trails around and below the Capilano and Lynn Valley suspension bridges which hang high above their respective deep river valleys.

TTugboat Pulling Log Raft Past Indian ArmThe Upper Levels Highway was Canada’s original “highway 401” and was relabeled the “#1” as it became part of the Trans Canada Highway system. The flats of the ancient Ice Age shoreline are the route followed by the  Upper Levels Highway after climbing from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, with the North Shore Mountains (and the posh British Properties area) above and to the north.  The Trans-Canada never really goes “through” Vancouver, but grants fleeting south views of the city between gaps in the coastal forest along the highway’s route.

Vancouver-Lion Gate Bridge from Stanley Park seawall
Vancouver-Lion Gate Bridge from Stanley Park seawall

One access to Vancouver is taking the Lions Gate Bridge, which  passes Park Royal Mall on the north shore, crosses Burrard Inlet and cuts through the heavily forested iconic Stanley Park before entering downtown Vancouver. This road also marks the dividing line between West Vancouver (to the west) and North Vancouver (to the east).

The highway drops elevation quickly to cross the Burrard Inlet on the Second Narrows (Ironworkers Memorial) Bridge, you can also see Burnaby Mountain and significant bulk oil terminals to the east of the bridge, Washington State’s snow-capped  Mount Baker (a dormant volcano, you’ll recognize by its conical shape) to the southeast, and to the west you will see Vancouver’s waterfront and skyline, and magnificent Stanley Park and the Lion’s Gate Bridge.

If you want to get to downtown Vancouver from this point, watch for the East Hastings exit (right by the Pacific National Exhibition (“PNE”) grounds on the south side of the Cassiar Connector (a tunnel that moves the Trans-Canada below busy Burnaby east-west commuter thoroughfares), and drive west  past the busy container port toward  the city skyline.. It then bends  southward  around the south shore of Burnaby Lake with its recreational and cultural facilities. To the north above Burnaby Lake, you see 350m high Burnaby Mountain with the magnificent Arthur Ericson-designed Simon Fraser University perched atop. From that hilltop, you have stunning views of noth Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm to the north (see our Rich Tourist- Poor Tourist story for tips), Port Moody and Coquitlam expand to the east, and you can see Vancouver to the west.   New Westminster was the first capital city of British Columbia, and  was the initial endpoint of the Canadian Pacific trans-continental railway, though today is a cluster of highrises nestled against the north bank of the Fraser River.

North Vancouver and Burrard Inlet view from Burnaby Mountain -sliver
North Vancouver and Burrard Inlet view from Burnaby Mountain -sliver

Search Listings along this Itinerary

Visit Fraser Valley, BC

Fraser Valley

Visit Vancouver BC


Abbottsford-Trans Canada Highway- at Whatcom Road – sliver
Abbottsford-Trans Canada Highway- at Whatcom Road – sliver

Heading into the Fraser Valley

Chilliwack Farms with view South To Mount ThomThe two kilometer long 10-lane wide Port Mann Bridge (toll bridge) crosses the Fraser River into SurreyLangley and the lush farmlands of the “Lower Mainland”. In Surrey, at the Highway 15 Junction, you can also go southwest along the South Fraser Perimeter Route (the “SFP{R”) to the Tsawwassen Ferry crossing to Sidney, BC) From the bridge, you see log booms, lumber mills, and-in season-fishermen harvesting the seasonal salmon runs that continue for 800 kilometres inland. At the south end of Surrey, along the US border is the seashore town of White Rock.

The lush Fraser Valley is western Canada’s largest fruit, vegetable, and flower growing area, with large farms on both sides of the highway. Midway between Chilliwack and Abbotsford, on the south side of the highway, is the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls. East of Abbotsford you will notice drainage channels built in 1929 that have enabled cultivation of thousands of hectares of former marshlands.

Chilliwack – Trans Canada Highway – Farm Fields South To Mountains -sliver
Chilliwack – Trans Canada Highway – Farm Fields South To Mountains -sliver

Signpost at Hope, BCThe town of Hope grew quickly in 1858 when gold was discovered in several areas further up the Fraser River. The town is surrounded by stunning scenery, where mountains tower a kilometer or more over the river valley, and was showcased in Silvester Stallone’s “First Blood” action movie, filmed nearby. From this point, you head north on #1 up the Fraser Canyon, northeast on the speedy #5 Coquhilla Highway, or east meandering on the #3 Crowsnest Highway  to Oliver and Osoyoos in the Okanagan Valley and BC’s Wine Country

Route Elevation Maps

Elevation Chart for Coquihalla itinerary for Horseshoe Bay to Hope along #1
Elevation Chart for Coquihalla itinerary for Horseshoe Bay to Hope along #1

Trans Canada Highway Itinerary Map

Use mouse to drag/move map. Click on “+” or “” to zoom in or out. “Satellite” combines map & photo.

Evergreen bed & breakfast, about 1 km E of highway
1 Adjacent to Fraser River WB (Hope)  68.6


1 Wallace St (Hope)  36


Town of Hope

community of Hope

Panoramic VR image along Fraser River from Centennial Park (park in town, on east side of highway)

Hope Motor Hotel, 1 block east of highway

City Centre Motel, 4 blocks east of highway

Esso Station, on highway

Hope Museum, 2 blocks south

Hope Cinema

Hope photos

1.5 Flood-Hope/Old Yale Rd/Crowsnest Highway (#3)underpass (Hope)  39.3


Colver Lake Provincial Park, camping, hiking, swimming, boating (12 km southwest of Hope)

Fraser Canyon Hospital, 1.1 km to E of highway

1.5 Adjacent to Fraser River EB (Hope)  40.5


4 Flood-Hope Rd overpass and Exit # 168, Hope airport access (Hope)  41.1


6.5 Flood-Hope Rd Overpass and Exit #165 (Hope)  36.6


West access to Hope, via Hope Flood Road

Hope Valley Campground, about 1 km NE of highway

Husky Truckstop & Restaurant, north side of highway

West access to Hope-Laidlaw Airport, about 3 km NE of junction

11.5 Nash Rd Exit and Overpass Exit #160 (Laidlaw)  28.7


Whistlestop RV Park, just north of highway

18.5 Laidlaw Rd underpass, WB Exit #153 37.2


19.5 Laidlaw Rd EB Exit #153 60


20.5 Peters Indian Reserve 1, Peters Rd Exit #151 48.2


25.5 Herring Island Rd Exit #146 81.1


26.5 Exit to south (Abbotsford)  48.8


28.5 Police U-Turn 8.2


31.5 East boundary Popkum Indian Reserve #1, and exit to north 33.2


33.5 Popkum Rd overpass, Exit #138 to Bridal Veil Falls (Bridal Veil Falls)  33.5


33.5 West boundary Popkum Indian Reserve # 1(both sides) 26.5


35.5 Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park and waterfall on South side (Bridal Veil Falls)  47.2


Bridal Veil Falls photos, the falls are a 10 minute hike from parking lot

36.5 Highway 9 Overpass and Exit # 135 (Bridal Veil Falls, and Agazzis-Rosedale Hwy) (Bridal Veil Falls)  57.9


access to Whispering-Cedars B&B, north of highway

Rainbow Ranch R V Park, adjacent to Highway

west access to Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, hiking trails

Ferry Island Provincial Park, 2 km north of highway

Minter Gardens, show garden, just north of highway (with 2 restaurants)

Bridal Falls Camperland, just south of highway

39.5 McElwee Rd/ Chilliwack Central Rd exit (WB only) 50.3


40.5 Falls Golf & Country Club to south of highway 53


42.5 Annis Rd overpass and Exit # 129 15.2


access to Falls Golf & Country Club, just south of highway

Chilliwack RV Park and Campground, just north of highway

45.5 Gibson Rd underpass 13.1


48.5 Prest Rd overpass and Exit #123 (Chilliwack 12.2


Mount Thom Park, with hiking and viewpoint, about 5 km S of highway

50.5 Chilliwack Airport on N side (Chilliwack)  9.4


51.5 Young Rd (N) Chilliwack River Rd (S), access to Chilliwack Airport (N) Exit #120 (Chilliwack)  11.9


Chilliwack Municipal Airport, just north of highway

Rhombus Hotel, in downtown Chilliwack, about 2.5 km N of highway

52.5 Vedder Rd underpass and Exit #119 (Chilliwack)  11.6


Cottonwood 4 Cinemas

Paramount Theatre, Chilliwack a 2 screen cinema on Yale Rd

Access to Soowahlie Band Indian Reserve #14 (10 km from highway), near Cultus Lake

East exit to Cultus Lake Provincial Park, about 12 km south of highway

East exit to Cultus Lake WaterPark, about 12 km S of highway

Access to downtown Chilliwack, about 2.5 km N of highway, all services

Cottonwood Mall, just south of highway

Comfort Inn – Chilliwack, just south of highway

Chilliwack Motor Inn, just north of highway

Chilliwack photos

Chilliwack General Hospital (Fraser Health Authority), 2.7 km to N of highway

Vedder River Inn, 2 km S of highway

55.5 Yale Rd W/Luckakuck Way Exit #116 (Chilliwack)  9.8


Access to Cheam Golf Club, just southeast of intersection

Best Western Rainbow Country

Fraser River Fishing Lodge, with variety of fishing, on the Fraser River, about 5 NE of highway

Flying J Truck Stop to N of junction, via Lickman Rd..

57.5 View of docklands on north side of TCH (Chilliwack)  6.1


webcam at Lickman Rd, looking west

62.5 Yale Rd W Exit #109, access to 2 golf courses (Chilliwack)  5.5


Royalwood Golf Club and Chilliwack Golf & Country Club

63.5 Vedder Canal Bridge (Chilliwack)  3


64.5 1st Rd Exit (WB only) (Abbotsford)  3


64.5 Sumas Drainage Canal crossing bridge (Abbotsford)  2.7


67.5 No 3 Rd overpass and Exit # 104 (Abbotsford)  3.4


Exit to Cultus Lake Provincial Park, Chilliwack Lake

West access to Cultus Lake Water Park, about 20 km SE of highway

Access to Soowahlie Band Indian Reserve #14 (15 km from highway), near Cultus Lake

70.5 Police U-Turn (AbbotsfordAbbotsford, British Columbia 8.2


72.5 Sumas River bridge (Abbotsford)  4.3


72.5 West boundary Upper East boundary Upper Sumas Indian Reserve #6 (Abbotsford)  4.9


Abbotsford photos

East boundary – City of Abbotsford

72.5 Exit #99 EB South Parallel Rd (Abbotsford)  7.3


72.5 On-ramp #99 EB Cole Rd & South Parallel Rd (Abbotsford)  4


webcam looking east

74.5 West boundary Upper Sumas Indian Reserve #6 (Abbotsford)  4.3


76.5 Whatcom Rd overpass and Exit # 95, Wonderland Amusement Park (Abbotsford)  8.5


Ramada Inn and Conference Centre Abbotsford, just off highway on north side

Abbotsford Camp & Rv Park, about 6/10 km N of highway

79.5 Sumas Way (Hwy #11) underpass, Exit #92 (Abbotsford)  10.4


Travelodge Abbotsford, just north of highway

Coast Abbotsford Hotel And Suites, just north of highway

Best Western Bakerview Inn, just north of ighway

Super 8 Abbotsford, just north of highway

80.5 Railway underpass (Abbotsford)  12.5


81.5 McCallum Rd overpass and Exit # 90 (Abbotsford)  56.7


Access to City of Abbotsford (both sides of highway)

Abbotsford photos

Towne Cinema 4, 1/2 km south of highway

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (Fraser Health Authority) about 1.9 km to NW of highway

84 Clearbrook Rd (320 Street) overpass and Exit #87 (Abbotsford)  66.1


Best Western Regency Inn – Abbotsford, just north of highway

85.5 Police U-Turn (Abbotsford)  105.5


86.3 Peardonville Rd, South Fraser Way overpass, WB onramp, and police U-turn (Abbotsford)  65.5


88.5 Exit #83, Mt Lehman Rd/304th Street/Fraser Hwy (#1A), Auto Mall to north (Abbotsford)  95.4


Access to Abbotsford Airport, 3 km south of highway

91.3 Police U-Turn (Abbotsford)  105.5


94.1 Bradner Rd & Downes Rd underpass (Matqui)  110.6


webcam looking east

94.7 WB Rest Area, with bathrooms (Abbotsford)  108.8


96.5 Police U-Turn (Abbotsford)  100.6


98.5 Exit #73, overpass 264 Street (Highway 13) (Abbotsford)  100.6


Twilight Drive In, in Aldergrove (Fraser Highway at 260 Street), about 6 km S of highway

Access to community of Aldergrove, 6 km south of highway

99.5 Police U-Turn (Abbotsford)  114.6


100.5 Police U-Turn (Langley)  84.7


101.5 248 Street overpass (no access) (Langley)  85.3


105.5 Exit #66, 232 Street (Highway 10 Bypass) (Langley)  24.7


232 Street provides East access to Fort Langley

Cranberry Country B&B, 4 km N of highway

Fort Langley National Historical Site

Sleep Inn – Langley, about 4.5 km SW of highway

Langley Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health Authority), about 8 km SW of highway

106.5 Railway underpass (Langley 22.6


108.5 Glover Rd overpass, Trinity Western University to South (no access) (Langley)  10.4


111.5 208 St overpass (no access) (Langley)  66.1


113.5 200 Street Exit #58 (Langley)  28.7


Access to Langley (6 km south of highway), Fort Langley (6 km E of Highway)

Famous Players Colossus & Imax , Langley a 24 screen multi-plex theatre, just north of highway

Sandman Hotel Langley, just north of highway

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Langley, just north of highway

Travelodge Langley (Walnut Grove) just north of highway

Access to Golden Ears Bridge, to Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge on the north bank of the Fraser River

Derby Reach Regional Park, on the south bank of the Fraser River, with camping

Derby Reach Regional Park campground with 38 unserviced sites

115.5 192 St overpass (no access) (Langley)  30.2


118.5 176 St (Hwy 15) overpass and Exit #53, east access to Tynehead (Langley)  68


Highways Trans-Canada #1 and #15, exit to 176th Street,

Access to Surrey

Access to seaside community of White Rock, just above US border

White Rock with its namesake rock, pier, boardwalk, and seaside shops & restaurants (see photos)

119.5 Tynehead Regional Park to southwest (Surrey 57.9


121.5 104 Ave and 160 St Exit #50 WB, west access to Tynehead (Surrey)  60.7


Surrey Memorial Hospital (Fraser Health Authority) 7 km SW of highway

122.5 160 Street overpass and Exit #50 EB (Surrey)  61.3


Ramada Hotel And Suites

123.5 152 Street overpass EB Exit, WB onramp # (Surrey)  93.3


North boundary of City of Surrey

Surrey (see photos)

Sheraton Guildford Hotel

Sandman Suites Surrey

125.5 Port Mann Bridge over Fraser River, south end (Surrey)  12.5


webcam looking east

webcam looking west

Port Mann Bridge across the Fraser River (see photos)

Port Mann/ Highway 1 Upgrade Project – construction updates

125.9 Railway overpass (Surrey)  11.9


126.7 Port Mann Bridge over Fraser River, north end (Coquitlam)  7.3


Port Mann/ Highway 1 Upgrade Project – construction updates

127.2 United Blvd, Mary Hill Bypass underpass (Coquitlam)  6.7


127.5 Lougheed Highway (#7) Exit #44 (Coquitlam)  5.8


Lougheed Highway #7, with access to Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody

access to Port Coquitlam

access to Port Moody

129.5 King Edward St underpass (Coquitlam)  5.5


130.5 Brunette St (W) Brunette Ave (E) Exit #40 (Coquitlam 6.4


Access west to City of New Westminster