Hells Gate is a narrow rocky gorge of the Fraser River Canyon south of Boston Bar, British Columbia. Explorer Simon Fraser recorded a difficult portage (1808) around the churning waters of this section of the Fraser River. First known as the "great canyon," its name is associated with the disastrous impact of Canadian Northern Railway construction on the river's salmon resources. After blasting debris and rockslides (1913-14) blocked much of the pacific salmon runs, the catch from the river's stocks plummeted. The first fishways were constructed here in 1944 to permit spawning fish to pass the rapids however, stocks have yet to fully recover. Hells Gate now has an aerial tram ride and highway tourist facility.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Grant, Peter. "Hells Gate". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 04 March 2015, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/hells-gate. Accessed 22 September 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Grant, P. (2015). Hells Gate. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/hells-gate
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Grant, Peter. "Hells Gate." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 27, 2007; Last Edited March 04, 2015.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Hells Gate," by Peter Grant, Accessed September 22, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/hells-gate
Article by Peter Grant
Published Online February 27, 2007
Last Edited March 4, 2015