Wander through the province's deep gorges and dense forest at Othello Tunnels, a series of former railway routes spanning the Coquihalla River. Built during the early 20th century to connect the region with the coast by train, the park features an array of walkways, bridges, and paths cutting straight through sheer rock cliffs, some of which rise to heights of 91 m (300 ft). Wander the easy 3.5 km (2.2 mi) loop through five different tunnels and you'll find up close views of the rushing river, as well as the area's lush nature. Alternatively, you can cycle the path or fish in the river with the required license. PutOthello Tunnels into our Hope planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Othello Tunnels reviews
The parking lot is closed off but the trails are open. The first tunnel via the short trail is gated due to rock fall hazard but the tunnels are accessible via the longer trail to the NW. Nice hike... more »
Not only is this area spectacular in beauty but also rich with history. I have been many times over the past years, even before it was open to the public. more »
Picturesque, beautiful, long winding trails. Different rock formations along the creek. Many dark tunnels to walk through. Water is blue in some areas, delightful green in others. Canyon rocks reach up skyward. Further along the trail is an old railroad bridge. Many trails to travel on. Fitness for some, photographers passion for others, sightseeing adventure for many...
We visited the tunnels in the summer back in 2015, but after seeing a photo of the wonderful icicles all over the tunnels and the canyon, I had to take a wintry peek for myself. The entrance to the tunnels is blocked off by a gate between October and April, but it's fairly easy to squeeze between a fence and some rocks around the side. It is a bit slippery though, so wear proper footwear! Normally in the winter, there are multiple icicles hanging precariously along the roof of the tunnels, which is a hazard, so if you are going to go without helmets, be sure to take care to walk under spots where there are no icicles hanging down. It also helps to bring a powerful flashlight or headlamp if you'd like to see the icicles properly. Much of the ice buildup along the tunnels had been knocked down during our visit, as we visited during a time when some Jason Momoa movie was being filmed and the icicles posed a threat to filming. The drive to the tunnels is relatively easy as long as conditions are clear. The road leading to the tunnels gets a bit thin, but two cars can still easily pass by each other. Overall, I would highly recommend a visit to Othello Tunnels during any season!
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