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Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Othello Tunnels remain closed for the season
The Othello/Quintet tunnels remain closed for the season. To ensure a safe visitor experience, qualified geotechnical experts inspect the tunnels and surrounding area prior to the annual opening. Rock scaling is often required. We strive to open the tunnels to the public for the May long weekend, and will update this webpage with adjusted opening dates as required.
About This Park
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.
Please note: Services are available from April 1 to October 31. The Othello Tunnels (located within the park) are closed during the winter months due to unstable conditions, falling rocks and ice. Please contact the Park Operator for more information.
Established Date: May 15, 1986
Park Size: 159 hectares
Know Before You Go
- There is no swimming in this park. The beach
area is very rocky and not recommended for use because the river is always unsafe to play and swim in or near.
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Maps and Brochures
Activities Available at this Park
A trail through the Othello Tunnels is an easy 3.5 km round trip. This trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail and features a flat, gravel surface.
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.
- South Fraser Trail Conditions Report [PDF] (April 15, 2019) (scroll to the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park entry)