Hope CPR Station, BC – 1897

CPR Station, Hope, BC 1897

Photograph Information

Source: Vancouver Archives
Source Link: AM54-S4-: Can P235
Photographer: SJ Thompson
Date: 1897

Colourization notes

In order to prepare the image for colourization I had to correct some of over exposure in the original and also remove some of the spots and scratches on the image. Once that was done most of the image was straightforward to colourize. However, I had to look up the colours for some of the signs and also it took me a few attempts to get a shade of red on the station building that I was happy with.

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About Hope

Hope is a district municipality located at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is at the eastern end of both the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland region, and is at the southern end of the Fraser Canyon.

The European settlement period began in 1808 with the arrival of Explorer Simon Fraser. The Hudson’s Bay Company created the Fort Hope trading post in 1848. The area was transformed by the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, beginning in 1858. The following year Governor James Douglas laid out the town site. Hope became part of the Colony of British Columbia when the new British colony was created on 2 August 1858. The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) reached Hope in 1881 with the entire railroad being completed in 1887.