Coquihalla Canyon (Othello Tunnels)

Othello Road, British Columbia V0X 1L0 Canada

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“a 300 foot deep channel of granite”

In the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Railway decided a route was necessary to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. The railway was built over three mountain ranges. In the Coquihalla Gorge – the river cut a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite. A straight line of tunnels were built through it which are known now as the Othello Tunnels. There are spectacular viewing opportunities available on the trail, through the tunnels and on the bridges. This park highlights the Kettle Valley Railway grade that passes through the canyon and 5 tunnels which were built in 1914.  It contains a 135 hectare land base. It is a popular tourist attraction for the town of Hope and provides viewing, walking, fishing and picnicking opportunities. The hiking trail links to the historic Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail. The engineer Andrew McCullough was an avid reader of Shakespearean literature, and used characters such as Lear, Jessica, Portia, Iago, Romeo & Juliet to name stations of the Coquihalla subdivision.

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Reviewed by
SurfRatVT

  • 23 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
May 16, 2016

They are closed during the winter. I came through on May 5th and they were still about a week from opening.

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sarahradke

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June 08, 2022

Just a heads up they are closed for the 2022 season because of storm damage

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Coquihalla Canyon (Othello Tunnels)

Othello Road
British Columbia
V0X 1L0 Canada

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