Did You Know
The Fraser Valley Regional Airpark is located in the District of Hope, approximately 4.8 km west of the main townsite. The entire grass turf airpark is approximately 106.074 acres in size, and is a short distance from mountains as well as the Fraser River.
Constructed prior to1942 by Transport Canada, the Airpark is multi-facted. It serves both as a recreational and emergency aviation hub. Due to its ALR status, viable agricultural land can be leased out providing a service to the surrounding community. Other land is also available for lease for aviation or groundside commercial development generating an important source of revenue to offset operating costs.
Hope Airpark is known among recreational flyers as a great place to stop, admire the view and fuel up.
Airpark tenant, Vancouver Soaring Association offers a gliding membership and gliding instruction for its members.
The Hope Airpark serves as an emergency hub for ambulance and fire-fighting purposes. During the atmospheric river event of 2021 access to Hope was only possible by air. Over 500 flights passed through Hope Airpark in five days, bringing in much needed supplies and evacuating people out of the area.
In 2021, BC Wildfire used Hope Airpark twice as a staging area from which to fight nearby wildfires.
Hope Airpark has also serves as a transporation hub for the logging industry and the pipeline sector.
Seventeen acres of agriculture land is currently leased to Lorenzetti Acres, which uses the land to grow hay to feed their cattle.
Previously, agricultural land has been leased as a pasture for horses and for growing lavender.
Air Quality & Weather Station
The Airpark hosts a strategic air pollution monitoring station that continuously measures the concentration of contaminants in the air. This data is analyzed and used in determing whether an air quality advisory should be issued.
Air quality advisories are issued when degraded air quality exceeds or is expected to exceed provincial objectives. Advisories contain information that describes the immediate issue, the impacts it may have, and what everyone can do to protect themselves and improve air quality.
Check out the Airmap for more air quality information.
It's also the site of a long-standing Environment Canada Weather Station that gathers a full suite of data including barometric pressure, relative humidity, temperature, direction of winds and speed of the winds. The data collected is very important for weather forecasters in terms of long-range weather predictions and aviation weather forecasts.
Information on current conditions can be found here https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-36_metric_e.html