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Hope Chainsaw Carving Event August 17-20, 2023
Hope, British Columbia, is not your average mountain town.
Tucked away in the heart of the Canadian wilderness, at the junction of the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers, Hope is a hidden gem of a town overflowing with rustic charm. Known for its stunning natural beauty and charming locally owned gift shops, this quaint community is a haven for chainsaw carving enthusiasts from around the world.
Hope boasts over 80 intricate chainsaw carvings, and many of the works on display feature local wildlife such as bears and eagles, human characters such as cyclists, prospectors, and even John Rambo from the 1982 film First Blood, the majority of which was filmed in the community.
If you’re a fan of this unique art form, there’s no better time to visit Hope than during the world-class Chainsaw Carving Event, held every two years in Hope’s downtown Memorial Park. Scheduled to run from August 17-20 this year, this free-to-attend event promises to be a feast for the senses, with 15 talented carvers from around the world demonstrating their skills and creating stunning works of art right before your eyes. In addition to watching world-class carvers flex their artistic muscles, you can bid for a carving of your own at the Speed Carving Auctions.
But it’s not just about the carving—the event also features local food and art vendors, offering the perfect opportunity to soak up the unique culture of this charming town.
No vacation is complete without sampling local restaurants, after all. From classic mom-and-pop spots to traditional chain restaurants, Hope has something to satisfy any craving. Sink your teeth into local favourites at Blue Moose Cafe, or find home-cooked comforts at Pinewoods Dining Room at Manning Park Resort and Home Restaurant. With so many great places to eat, these small-town restaurants are worth road-tripping for.
Whether you’re a chainsaw carving enthusiast or a traveller on the hunt for unique experiences, Hope’s Chainsaw Carving Event is the perfect opportunity to explore this bountiful region. Hope, Cascades & Canyons has a vibrant culture that celebrates the arts and local artisans. Learn about Hope’s culture by visiting the art gallery or Japanese Friendship Garden.
From hiking and fishing to exploring the town’s many shops and restaurants, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful corner of Canada. If you’re planning a trip to the area, be sure to check out tourismhcc.ca for information on local attractions, accommodations, and things to do. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the World-Class Chainsaw Carving Event—this free event is not to be missed!
Whether you’re an art connoisseur, a lover of natural beauty, or simply looking for an adventure, you’re sure to be captivated by the beauty and charm of this small mountain town. From artisan shops to outdoor adventures, photo-worthy moments, and mouthwatering eats, the perfect road trip awaits you in Hope.
Lying at the edge of the Fraser Valley, Hope is a hub of highways that come and go from everywhere!