Hope Slide

16 mm black and white film

This film reel – 27 minutes of edited silent black and white footage – records the aftermath of the huge landslide that struck the Hope-Princeton Highway (Highway 3), about 16 kilometres southeast of Hope, on the morning of January 9, 1965. The slide claimed four lives and transformed the landscape of the Nicolum River Valley.

The film includes extensive aerial and ground-level views of the slide area, slide debris, and ravaged mountainsides, as well as the search for bodies and vehicles. Later sequences show men and equipment at work on the detour road that was built over the slide to re-open the highway.

This unique film, transferred to the archives in 1986 from the Ministry of Transportation and Highways, was featured in a January 2014 episode of CHEK’s “This Week in History 

This object selected by Dennis J. Duffy. View Profile »