Hope, only two hours inland from the west coast enjoys a temperate climate thanks to warm, moist Pacific Ocean airstreams. Comfortable and relatively dry summers and mild, wet winters. Snow infrequently falls in low-lying areas, and when it does, it usually melts within days.
The Cordilleran mountain system, which includes the Coastal Range and the Rocky Mountains, separates the warm, moist Pacific air from the interior plains of the Prairie provinces. As the moist air is forced to rise over the mountains, it cools and falls on the western slopes in heavy amounts of precipitation, as rain at lower altitudes and snow at higher ones. Just one hour's drive east of Hope the interior valleys between the mountain ranges receive much less precipitation and experience warm, even scorching, summers.
Annual Sunshine: 1635.4 hours
Annual Rainfall: 176.99 cm (70.77 in.)
Annual Snowfall:169.2 cm (67.68 in.)
Frost-Free Days: 199
Mean Max. Temperature: (June-Sept.) 22.7° C (72.9° F)
Mean Min. Temperature: (Oct.-May) -2.2° C (28.0° F)
The dominating feature of Hope's geology is the Fraser River. The segment from Lytton to Hope passes through the Coast Mountains and contains the famous Fraser Canyon. At Hope, the river enters a broad flood plain extending 130 km to the coast and Vancouver.
Virtually surrounded by mountains, Hope is at the junction of rivers, highways, climate zones and land forms. Follow highway #3, #5 and #1 inland and north through mountain passes and highway #7 and #1 West to the lush Fraser Valley and the coastal delta beyond. >> more wiki >>