With a descent of 152m, the Hell's Gate Airtram is one of the steepest, fully-suspended gondolas in North America. Situated in the southern Fraser Canyon between the Cascade and Coast Pacific mountain ranges, the suspension bridge and gondola pass over one of the most treacherous sections of the Fraser River.
The name "Hell's Gate" was inspired by Scottish explorer Simon Fraser, who, during his search for a better fur trade route, referred to this narrow passage (35m) in 1808 in his journal as "a place where no human should venture, for surely these are the gates of Hell."
Its history is much older than that, of course, having possibly been used as a First Nations settlement and salmon fishing site as far back as the end of the last ice age (and later also as a fur trade corridor). Hell's Gate, its salmon fishways and suspension bridge overlooking the Fraser River, became a tourist attraction upon completion of the airtram in 1971.