North of Hell’s Gate on Hwy. 1 is Boston Bar, a town that got its name due to a large number of gold seeking Americans from Boston which local aboriginals called the “Boston Men”. Directly across the Fraser River from Boston Bar is North Bend, which only became accessible by road in 1986, when a bridge was built to replace the aerial ferry – now housed at Francis Harrington Park, on Hwy. 1.
Boston Bar is the gateway to the Nahatlatch River Valley, Skuzzy Creek, Anderson Creek and North Bend, where travelers can take West Side Road to explore the pastoral Nahatlatch River Valley and the Nahatlatch River itself, which features one of B.C.’s most exciting stretches of whitewater rafting. Together the communities celebrate the annual May Day festival with events including a parade, a May Pole Dance by local students, May Queen ceremony, children’s games, contests, music and more.
Just south of Boston Bar, is Tuckkwiowhum (tuck-we- ohm) Heritage Village, with classes in drum and jewelry making, salmon preparation and leather working.