This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Visitor InformationPlease 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 ContactThis park proudly operated by:
Sea to Sky Park Services Ltd
For additional information, click here for the Sea to Sky Park Services website.
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
September 13, 2017: Crews working in tunnels on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
There will be personnel working in the tunnels section of Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. All trails will remain open, but we do ask that visitors follow the direction of staff and refrain from interrupting works being performed.
September 13, 2017:
Temporary closure of Othello Tunnels section of the KVR Trail
Sept. 25 to Sept. 29, 2017
From Monday, September 25 to Friday, September 29, crews will be working in the Othello Tunnels section of the KVR Trail in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. Temporary closures to the trail will be necessary to ensure visitor safety. These closures will be brief and will occur during evening hours. Heavy equipment will be in use and audible throughout daylight hours. Please follow the direction of staff and refrain from interfering with works and equipment. Thank you for your patience.
May 19, 2017: Othello Tunnels are open
The Othello Tunnels, located in Coquihalla Canyon Park, are now open for the summer season. Enjoy your visit to the park!
May 19, 2017: Parking in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park
Visitors to Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park should anticipate high traffic volume throughout the operating season. Peak visitation periods occur between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on sunny weekends. During this time parking can be challenging to find. BC Parks asks visitors to ensure that they park in designated stalls. Vehicles parked outside of designated areas may be towed. Thanks for your help to ensure emergency services vehicles can access the park at all times.
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
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Management Planning Information
- The approved management plan for Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park [PDF 400.41KB] is available in PDF format.
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.
Activities Available at this Park
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.
- Trail Report [PDF] (scroll to the Coquihalla Cayon Provincial Park entry)