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Called to the Bar, Boston Bar

© By Joei Carlton Hossack
  I arrived at Boston Bar from Hope, BC. The story of my first trip to Hope, BC is found on this website in the British Columbia list of articles. I was impressed with Hollywood North, but it was much too early to stop for the day. Perhaps the next time I'll stay overnight at a local campground.
     I headed on up the Fraser Canyon to Boston Bar and arrived at a 5-spot campground right on the main road. In checking on the computer I learned that Boston Bar was an historic city at one point but, if it had been a charmer, those days were long over. It was fortunate that the owner, Shirley, and manager of the RV Park, Kim, gave me a tour of both Boston Bar and North Bend. I was introduced to the North Bend Aerial Tramway and the storyboard explained its significance to the town. It was located right on the main street of Boston Bar. We crossed both the CP and CN tracks to get to North Bend and I knew immediately that it was not going to be a peaceful night's sleep.

Damaged House  Damaged Embalming Fluid House  Inside House  North Bend Aerial Tramway  North Bend Aerial Tramway  Fraser River

     The tour included a stop right off the main highway and a place I would never have found on my own in order to see the Embalming Fluid Bottle House. Unfortunately much has been damaged but a hole in the wall provided me an opportunity to look inside. I posted a few of the Bottle House pictures on my Facebook page and was delighted to discover that my brother had visited the house fifty years before on his way from Montreal to Vancouver. I feel as though I'm following in my big brother's footsteps.
     From that house we drove up the road to Shirley's main campground. A little too remote for my liking, but I loved the tour and the fact that they took the time to show me their neck of the woods. I stayed two nights in Boston Bar which was not named for an organization of Massachusetts lawyers but dates from the time of the Gold Rush (1858-1861). A bar is a gold-bearing sandbar or sandy riverbank, and the one below today's town was populated heavily by Americans, who were known in the parlance of the Chinook Jargon as Boston men or simply Bostons. The original Thompson Indian name of Boston Bar was Quayome, which appears on frontier-era maps and in diaries and newspapers of the day.
     Boston Bar sits in a pocket of the canyon, and despite being located on the edge of the coastal temperate zone just to the south, its climate is subject to the extremes common in the interior. The vegetation offers a mixture of rain forest and dry interior plant species with bigleaf maple and Western Red Cedar prominent among the rain forest species as well as ponderosa pine standing tall representing one of the interior species. Douglas fir is the most common tree.
     Across the Fraser River, the small town of North Bend could only be accessed by rail or by aerial ferry until recently when the two-lane bridge was built. The CPR has a small terminal here, a half-way point between Vancouver and Kamloops. The railway building played an important role here with the construction of the CPR line (1881-1885) and later, the CNR line on the Boston Bar side of the river.

Joei Carlton Hossack is the author of 8 adventure travel books including her latest mini read: How I Lost 3 Pounds in 30 Years of Dieting Without Going Hungry. She is an entertaining and inspirational speaker, a memoir and travel writing teacher and amateur photographer and world traveler. She can be reached at www.joeicarlton.com or by e-mail at JoeiCarlton@Hotmail.com

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Boston Bar, British Columbia
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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Bar,_British_Columbia

Population: 890; Elevation: 163 metres (534.6 feet); Access: on the Trans Canada Highway # 1, and by the Canadian National Railway, and by the Canadian Pacific Railway at North Bend.
Recreational facilities & activities:
Outdoor: river rafting, fishing, hiking, hunting, gold panning, and rock hounding. Winter activities include snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
Indoor: bowling, swimming (North Bend)
Local attractions: North of Boston Bar is Jackass Mountain, commemorating the mules that toiled carrying supplies up and down the steep canyon slopes.
Southwest is Hell's Gate, Alexandra Lodge and the old Alexandra Suspension Bridge.
Accommodations: There are motels, a hotel, a resort and campgrounds.

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