Looking for an exciting and eco-friendly adventure for your next vacation? Check out Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, aka the Othello Tunnels. The park is located near Hope, British Columbia and is focused on the canyon of the Coquihalla River and a decommissioned railway grade that is now a scenic walking trail. The stunning views make it great place to visit with friends and family!
Built in the early 1900s, the Othello Tunnels were constructed by the Canadian Pacific Railway to link the Kootenay Region with the B.C. coast by train. Soaring over the Coquihalla River, a straight line of tunnels were built through a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite in the Coquihalla Gorge.
The park’s rocky cliffs are about 2.5 hours away from Vancouver and has resulted in many popular movies being filmed there. Movies such as First Blood, Shoot to Kill, Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog, Cabin in the Woods and War of the Planet of the Apes were all filmed in the Canyon.
Now, the tunnels are a popular tourist attraction for the town of Hope. The trip through the tunnels is a relatively easy excursion with not much elevation gain. It’s a 3.5 km round-trip hike, and takes only about an hour to finish.
The hike allows many opportunities for visitors to witness stunning, panoramic views of the wild Coquihalla River from its connecting bridges.
There are also a number of breathtaking waterfalls and lush green vegetation to see too. On the other hand, the tunnels are dark and mysterious and you can hear the sound of the river rushing through. Hikers are encouraged to bring a flashlight because the gravel may be uneven due to erosion caused by dripping water.
There are several fun activities for visitors to enjoy such as, sightseeing, hiking , fishing and picnicking in the area. Pets are welcome on the hiking trail and they must be kept on a leash at all times.
Before heading out, be sure to check current weather, terrain, and wildlife conditions prior to starting a hike. Also, make sure that you know your physical limitations, tell someone where you are going, bring enough food and water, wear appropriate clothing, and never hike