Historic 1916 CNR Hope Station

Hope, C.-B

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Historic Hope Station Rehabilition Project: ‘Gateway to our stories, Gateway to Hope’

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The 1916 CNR Hope Station has been much loved but was facing demolition. It needed a new location, a new purpose, and a facelift. In 2020, a grassroots community campaign rose up to save it. Then it was discovered that in 1942, over 8000 Japanese Canadians crossed the train platform on their way to internment camps, including 2644 men, women, and children who were forcibly sent to the Tashme Internment Camp, 19 km east of Hope. Inspired, the Tashme Historical Society in partnership with the District of Hope, developed a plan to rehabilitate the station into a vibrant storytelling hub with a museum & visitor centre, restaurant, and co-work office space: a “Gateway to our stories, a Gateway to hope”. のぞみ駅 (nozomi-eki) – ‘a station of hope’ in Japanese will gift the feeling of belonging in space for stories untold. If the Hope Station is awarded the grand prize, the funds would be used towards hiring heritage architects/ consultants so the work can begin!

Retombées pour la communauté

In partnership with the District of Hope, the Hope Station will be relocated to municipal lot 919 Water Ave in downtown Hope. The rehabilitation will transform the station into a heritage tourism and education hub, with a restaurant, museum, visitor centre, and co-work office space with interpretive storytelling. As a « Gateway to our stories, gateway to hope », it will be the storybook and storyteller of stories untold: stories of Japanese Canadians, Chinese Canadians, First Nations, and supply chain histories. A replica of the train platform will pay homage to the Japanese Canadian Internment history. In this way, it will also become a field trip destination for social studies students across BC.
As a heritage tourist centre, it will become an informational hub that brings artists, businesses, and tourists together to events such as pop-up markets, festivals, education & cultural programs. Lastly, the station will value and share the untold stories of BC’s shared history, it will teach the lessons of racism, resilience and reconciliation where history happened.

Au sujet de ce lieu

Built in 1916, Hope Station is the last surviving example in Canada of a Class 2 station designed by architect John Schofield. As a ‘special’ variation of a Class 2 station, it had ticket and telegraph offices, waiting and baggage rooms, and living quarters for the Station Agent. It is an emblem of the central role the railways played in the development of the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. The Station is valuable for its links to Indigenous peoples whose homes and land were displaced by the railways. Chinese, Mexican, African Canadian, and Indigenous peoples helped to build the railways.

La société Assurances Ecclésiastiques tient profondément à répondre aux besoins d’organisations qui enrichissent la vie des autres; à préserver les communautés, les cultures et l’histoire distinctes du Canada; et à appuyer des initiatives qui aident à améliorer la vie de personnes dans le besoin. La Fiducie nationale du Canada a une relation de longue date avec Assurances Ecclésiastiques, son plus fidèle commanditaire. Nous sommes emballés de travailler avec eux pour aider à financer le prochain BEAU SAUVETAGE!


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