Most people who visit Hell’s Gate see it from this vantage point and from this tram, which takes them down to a public platform and bridge below. At this time of year the attraction is closed to the public.
Today I had the good fortune to see Hell’s Gate from a view that few people get to experience….from the edge of the mighty Fraser and on top and inside of the fishways that line this part of the river to help salmon and sturgeon pass the raging waters below.
In 1914 a rock slide blocked the river below; in 1946 the first two fishways were completed to provide volitional passage for salmon migrating upstream. Additional fishways were completed over the next 20 years to allow passage at higher and lower river flow levels; they line both sides of the river below.
I’ve stood on quite a few fishways, but the scale of these are a bit mind-boggling by comparison.
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