Hope Friendship Garden
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,894 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The Japanese Friendship Garden is located in the larger Hope Memorial Park (see my review on this site). It was built in 1991 and dedicated to the 2,300 Japanese Canadians who were sent to the Tashame internment camp during the Second World War. In this respect, the garden isn’t in place for merely aesthetic reasons; it serves as a tangible reminder of “Hope” and “Friendship” and the need to maintain these things during even the toughest times. Thus, while the context for this small Friendship Garden is historical, we can still learn much from it if we have but the eyes to see and ears to listen. During the times of COVID we could all use a little bit of Zen, and this small garden of friendship offers us just that.

While it may not be as impressive as the Japanese Garden in Butchart, this small Friendship Garden runs thick with history, meaning and culture. If you’re ambling about the Memorial Park, take a few moments to stop by here, take a photo (maybe get photobombed!), admire the foliage and “refresh” before continuing about your day.
Written January 12, 2021
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ElissaClaire
North Vancouver, Canada570 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Nice calm/mellow area to enjoy. Not overly elaborate, thought it would be larger.

Public restrooms available as it's in a public park.

Directly next to a city bus stop so easy access for those without a car. Also found ample parking.

Good park and garden to see if you are in the area, but not worth driving far to experience it.
Written September 7, 2020
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Cindy E
Hope, Canada16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This is a very interesting stop but the homeless and drug attics like to hang around the area taking away from the beauty
Written March 5, 2020
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EkMusafir
Pune, India2,206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We stopped at small town Hope at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies during our coach tour from Vancouver. The Friendship Garden is a pretty little Japanese garden located inside a much larger Hope Memorial Park in the centre of town. We were allowed to take a short refreshment break, with the bus parked next to the garden.

We visited the clean washrooms in Memorial Park and then we were walking around to stretch our legs when we discovered this lovely little Japanese Garden in one section of the Park. A plaque in the garden told us that this garden was built by the local Japanese Canadians during World War II when they were interned in Tashme Camp, 20 km east of Hope on Highway No.3, to demonstrate the Japanese culture of Peace to the general public. The garden was presented to the town of Hope on July 27, 1991.

Our tour guide informed us that the Rambo movies, starring Sylvester Stallone, was filmed in and around Hope, along with some other movies like ‘Shoot to Kill’, ‘K2’, and ‘First Blood’.
Written October 17, 2019
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Galen Campbell
Calgary, Canada126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This park has an excellent playground for the kids. There are lots of benches and picnic tables to have some lunch or dinner.
Written September 1, 2019
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Dennise A
Calgary6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Across from hotel small but private small pond bagada water fountain. Beautiful at dusk very peaceful nice place to stop after travelling
Written August 14, 2019
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johnny2bc
Burnaby, Canada13,920 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We did a 3-night stay in Hope in late-March, and Memorial Park was the center of our attention often, when out & about in the downtown area.

We saw and admired three particular locations within Memorial Park:
— the forested park area, with main entrance at the corner of Wallace Street & Fourth Avenue - wonderful trees & other flora, birds, and squirrels, trails, sitting benches & tables.
— BC Spirit Square - centrally-located, small plaza off Wallace Street, behind District Hall - with sitting benches, and dedication memorial ’In Memory of Our War Dead’.
— Friendship Garden - located off one side of District Hall, near Third Avenue - small and pretty rock & pool garden area - from posted signage: “built by local Japanese Canadians, commemorating the Japanese Canadians interned during World War II, and to demonstrate Japanese culture to the general public”.

Other areas of the Park include: a large children’s playground, ball field, concert area, and smaller open field areas used for arts & crafts fairs, flea markets, and other such events.

Memorial Park is a rather large, beautiful, and very well-maintained piece of green space, centrally-located within the downtown core of Hope. It’s a wonderful spot for everyone to use, and offering much for tourists to admire when visiting.
Written April 5, 2019
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PJ C
Pitt Meadows, Canada179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Very nicely designed kids park inside of a lovely park that is landscaped in harmony with the natural surroundings. Always cool due to the large trees. Old fashioned ice cream vendor pedalled through the park with his wares. Quite lovely. At this point Hope does not charge for parking...so bonus. Lots of picnic tables for a lunch and conveniently placed trash receptacles.
Written August 18, 2018
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain11,561 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Hope Friendship Garden is a park located in the center of little town called Hope, in British Columbia, in Canada. It is a beautiful and small park to walk and see some sculptures, it is all.
Written July 22, 2018
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Jason H
Kelowna, Canada155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Small but nice Japanese garden. Good sized play structure for the kids, Lots of open space for the kids to run. Section with large trees for shade if needed. Saw by the kids playground a metal box with balls, hula hoops, and other kids toys for public use. What a great idea! Don't know if they could do that around Kelowna without things being stolen out of it!
Written July 14, 2018
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