The Hope Slide - Canada's Largest Rock Slide, Hope, B.C.

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Real Estate Agent with Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

The Hope Slide was one of the largest landslides ever recorded in Canada. Early in the dark morning of January 9, 1965, a small snowslide forced four people to stop their vehicles a few miles southeast of the town of Hope, B.C. (two hours east of Vancouver), on a stretch of the Hope-Princeton Highway below Johnson Peak.  As those people contemplated waiting for clearing crews or turning around, a small earthquake below the mountain triggered the main slide, which obliterated the mountain's southwestern slope.

   

 

The slide buried the victims and their vehicles under a tonne of rock, mud, and debris 85 m thick and 3 km wide, which came down the 2000-metre mountainside . This mass of debris completely displaced the lake below with incredible force, throwing it against the opposite side of the valley, wiping all vegetation and trees down to the bare rock, then 'splashed back' up the original (now bare) slope before settling.

 

 That summer, when I was 8 years old, my family and I were driving across Canada to move to our new home in Vancouver.  We had just left Winnipeg and the Prairies.  Never having seen even a mountain before, and hardly recovered from the awe and no little bit of fear of just  having driven through the Rockies - our little black 1957 VW Beetle loaded up and stuffed to the rooftop with suitcases had just managed to make it through Rogers Pass........And then there we were, in the face of the Hope Slide.........

Its only on driving across the highway, and viewing the debris field, that you can truly appreciate the hopelessness of anyone caught in the slide's path, the massive size of the Slide being reflected in rocks the size of semi's...

Rescue crews only found two of the four bodies-the others have remained entombed in the rock, with their cars, since 1965.  The slide, it has been decided, was caused by water eroding the connective soils to the rock base.

Years later my family and I moved to the neighbouring Sunshine Valley - and we had a view of the Hope Slide practically out our front yard.......We drove past the markers and memorial on almost a daily basis - and its never failed to cause us to pause and be reminded of the power of Mother Nature.......and the fraily of Human Life...

 

                                                                                                 

                                                

 If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling property in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you're considering a career in Real Estate or would like more information  please give Liz  Moras a call!  - 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@gmail.com    

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David Saks
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"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."

Sir James Matthew Barrie (author of 'Peter Pan')

That's what you do, Liz.

September 01, 2008 02:41 AM
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Frank slide was in the Crowsnest Pass, between Alberta and BC in 1903.  Seventy people were killed.  It was caused by a combination avalanche/mine disaster.  Coal mining had undermined the mountain, and the town was built right underneath it. - Gary

http://www.frankslide.com/info.html

September 01, 2008 03:59 AM
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David - wow - I'm not sure what lead you to say that.....but whatever it was I'm smiling!  :-)

September 01, 2008 07:24 PM
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The Hope Slide story is very tragic, and, indeed, demonstrates how fragile we are when up against the forces of nature. I'm thankful that your family was never injured by the terrain. A reason to smile, although remembering, with sadness, those who perished in the days gone by.

My brother lives in New Orleans with his wife and two small daughters. His wife and children left the city a couple of days ago. He stayed behind to help the hurricane victims and the rescue effort. I haven't heard from him. I love him very much and pray for his safety. When I hear from him, or my parents, that he's fine, I'll smile with you. A big Cheshire Cat smile.

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Happy Easter! If you ever have someone looking down in Arizona, please don't hesitate to send them my way! Happy to give referrals! Matt Horton John Hall & Associates 480-227-3311 info@thehortonteam.com

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