Originally established in 1848 as a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post, the small town of Yale grew to an estimated 30,000 people during the 1858 gold rush, then the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago. In the 1860s, with the construction of the Cariboo Waggon Road, Yale became the terminus for one of the largest sternwheeler routes in North America and in the 1880s Yale saw the building of the Canadian Paci c Railway.
History bu s can take a walking tour of the old town sites, visit the Pioneer Cemetery or the Spirit Caves Trail, which is located directly across from the cemetery on Hwy. 1. One of several day hikes in the Fraser Canyon; it o ers a spectacular view of Yale. A truly historic way to traverse the canyon is to ride the river. Whether on a day trip or a multi-day adventure, come experience the mighty Fraser River; raft the challenging rapids and take in the majestic views that will leave lasting memories. Yale also has one of the few public panning areas on the Fraser River with gold pans and helpful guide books available locally.