Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Visitor Information Please note: 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.
Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
Sea to Sky Park Services Ltd
Phone: 604-986-9371
Email: info@seatoskyparks.com

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Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

  • As of May 31, 2016: Filming activities will be undertaken in Coquihalla Canyon Park between June 6th and 10th, 2106. While the activities will not block access to the tunnels, temporary (5 minute) “lock ups” of small portions of the Kettle Valley Railway grade may be necessary to facilitate safe access to the public while filming some scenes. Please obey the direction of all safety personnel on site through the duration of the filming activities. Thanks for your cooperation!
  • As of May 30th, 2016: BC Parks is pleased to announce that the Othello/Quintette Tunnels are now fully open to the public. Scaling crews have now completed their efforts to make the area safe for public access. Over the next few weeks, visitors may see construction crews completing final clean-up efforts in the park, but this will not impact your ability to access the area.

About This Park

Othello Tunnels at Coquihalla Canyon Provincial ParkPhotoGallery
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.

Established Date: May 15, 1986

Park Size: 159 hectares
  • Trail Information [pdf] (you will need to scroll down to the Coquihalla Cayon Provincial Park entry)
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Off Highway #5, north of Hope.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • The approved management plan for Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park [PDF 400.41KB] is available in PDF format.

    DISCLAIMER:
    This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.

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Activities Available at this Park

Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. Cyclists please dismount and walk through tunnels. Flashlights are strongly recommended for anyone cycling through the Tunnels.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Check the British Columbia Freshwater Fishing Synopsis for water specific regulations.
Hiking

Hiking

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.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets are allowed on the hiking trail only and must kept on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There are a few picnic tables available next to the parking lot. Services are available from April 1 to November 1. The Othello Tunnels (located within the park) are closed during the winter months due to unstable conditions, falling rocks and ice.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets only located near the parking lot and trailhead.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

There are 4 wheelchair accessible toilets near the parking lot. The tunnels trail is also accessible with a flat gravel surface. This gravel becomes uneven through the tunnels, so use caution and a flashlight.