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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

Sea to Sky Park Services Ltd
Email address: info@seatoskyparks.com
Phone: (604) 986-9371

Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

As of October 18th, 2014:
The Othello Tunnels will be closed to the public while BC Parks and its contractors work to repair a failed bridge abutment between tunnels 2 and 3. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please obey the closure, it is in place for your safety.

Updates will be posted to this web page when available

About This Park

Othello Tunnels at Coquihalla Canyon Provincial 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.

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 park is closed during the winter months (November to March, yearly) 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.