Flood falls- Beginner
Round Trip Distance: 1.5km
Time: 30 minutes
Just o the freeway, this short hike to a waterfall is perfect for families. It’s fun to do on rainy days too when the extra water makes the waterfall even more spectacular. On the coldest winter days, you might even see the frozen falls.
Hope Lookout – Intermediate
Round Trip Distance: 4km
Time: 3 hours
Mount Hope Lookout (or ‘ The Hope Hustle’) is Hope’s answer to the Grouse Grind in North Vancouver. e trail o ers spectacular views of Hope from two viewpoints and ends at the highest viewpoint, which includes benches and interpretive signs.
Tikwalus Trail- Advanced
Round Trip Distance: 8.2km
Time: 5 hours
Hikers will enjoy this beautiful mountain lake, which offers good fishing and pretty lakeshore sites for overnight camping. The trail passes through old-growth forest and features beautiful waterfalls along the way.
Whittling on the trails
Known locally as the Stick Man, Pat Kelley – a life-long Hope resident – has been leaving one-of-a-kind walking sticks along Hope’s trails for people to find for years.
“It started (as a hobby) about 10 years ago,” explained Kelley, while sitting in his dining room. “I was an electrician. I always had a knife in my hand peeling wires and such, so it feels comfortable.”
Kelley chose to give the sticks away rather than sell them, “and get paid in thank-yous and smiles.”
While there are locals who sport Kelley’s walking sticks, he guesses the majority of the sticks have been found by tourists. Kelley doesn’t just leave his walking sticks on the trails, he typically creates them there, too. He walks and whittles, but stops for the more intricate details.
“It’s a real conversation starter,” Kelley said. “I joke and call it ‘Talking to Tourists.’ But it makes their experience in Hope a bit better, I hope.”