November 6, 2019- Othello Tunnels are closed for the season. Please respect this public safety closure as unstable rock conditions occur during winter months. The tunnels will re-open for the season May, 2020.
May 17, 2019- Construction- In order to increase capacity and improve visitor experience, BC Parks is undergoing a parking lot expansion at Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. Construction work will start on the parking lot on May 21 and is expected to continue until June 21. Sections of the parking lot will remain open during this time, but available parking will be reduced.
All public pedestrian or vehicular traffic will be prohibited from entering work areas. Visitors are asked to refrain from skirting around all marked work areas.
Paving begins June 3rd and may go as late as June 10th (weather permitting). For the most part, trailheads will not be disrupted. However, foot-traffic may need to yield to small machinery working within the area.
Flashlights are strongly recommended for anyone walking or cycling through the Tunnels. Some are long and dark, and the gravel surface underfoot may be uneven due to erosion caused by dripping water
About Coquihalla Canyon
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park is located 12 kilometers from Hope.
The park features the Othello Tunnels, five tunnels built as part of the Kettle Valley Railway in 1914. The railway, connecting the Kootenay Region with the BC coast, 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 though it which are now known as the Othello Tunnels.
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park is a great stop for a picnic or a short hike. There are picnic tables near the parking lot and along the trail, beside the river. There are spectacular viewing opportunities available on the trail, through the tunnels and on the bridges. The contrast between tunnels and bridges with the roaring Coquihalla River below is a must see! The hiking trail links to thehistoric Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail.
For more information about the history and culture of Coquihalla Canyon Park please visit the BC Parks website.
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park
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