Monday, January 11, 2016

Hope, B.C.: Pet-friendly, reasonable and scenic

Hope is known for its wood carvings
Hope, British Columbia is considered a gateway to some of B.C.'s most scenic destinations. The town is located only 45 minutes over the border north of the United States.  Hope is a great place for a vacation in itself, especially if you have a dog traveling with you.

Hope is surrounded by beautiful mountains and some of the accommodations overlook the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers.

As you wander with your dog through the parks and along the sidewalks of Hope, you'll see the iconic chainsaw carvings that Hope is known for.  The carvings all began when some of the large trees began to die due to disease in the early '90's. Pete Ryan, the woodcarver, was instrumental in this effort. You'll see bears, a tribute to a police dog and so much more amongst the beautiful carvings.

There are motels that accept dogs. One excellent place to stay is the Swiss Chalets Motel, with little cabins dotted throughout the grounds. The pet charge is $10 per night. The owner is attentive and helpful. We were directed to a two-bedroom cottage with private picnic area and lawn. Cinnamon, the blogging hound, was ecstatic!

Of course the rooms and furniture were dated but there was evidence of renovations being done. Our cabin with two enclosed bedrooms, living room and kitchenette was under $100 per night. The accommodations were clean and, even though some of the units are close to the road, we weren't bothered as we slept.

As you leave Hope, be sure and drive the scenic Frasier Canyon with its seven mountain tunnels. Yes, Hope is a crossroads for B.C. travelers, but spending a few days there would make for a great mini-vacation.