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Road Trip – Othello Tunnels

All photos taken on October 2, 2021, during our travel from Kamloops to Vancouver.

Our main travel break on this leg of the trip would be at Othello Tunnels in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, just North of Hope, British Columbia.

Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, often called Othello Tunnels is a provincial park located near Hope, B.C., focused on the Coquihalla River Canyon and walking trail on a decommissioned railway grade, which eventually leads to Coquihalla Pass. Originally, part of the Kettle Valley Railway, five tunnels and a series of bridges follow a relatively straight line through the gorge, lined with sheer, flat rock cliffs.

(Source: Wikipedia)

We have stopped here often in past years, to stretch our legs and in the fall to watch the steelhead salmon try to swim back upstream to spawn. We were well past spawning season, so no fishies today, but a great walk, nonetheless.

Othello Tunnels ©

Leaf littered pathways

lead to scenic canyon views.

Othello Tunnels.

Starting out

Now you see me, now you don’t – these fallen leaves were huge

sun dappled, leaf littered path
entering the first tunnel
and the next

The Coquihalla River canyon

this scenery is hard to beat
the rock walls of this tunnel were reinforced with concrete
We have watched the steelheads try to swim upstream here in the past
tunnel view
tunnel roof – hewn out of rock
let there be light
you can imagine the construction difficulties they had in this region

White water

leafy bower
the long look back
this tunnel has gallery openings
love locks even here

Serious spider

We hated to leave


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43 thoughts on “Road Trip – Othello Tunnels

    1. Those rail tunnels were had dug and blasted from the rock. I can’t imagine the working conditions in 1914. As to that large maple offering, I was tempted to take it, but decided to leaf it there. Ha Ha. Thanks for reading Leighton. Allan

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    1. Thanks Lynette. Not sure how this little station stop got its name. Perhaps, a Danish connection. The entire park is likely to remain closed during 2022 until flooding damage to the roads and park can be repaired. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. This is just one small portion of the Kettle Valley Railway that runs across Southern, B.C. from near Hope to Princeton to Penticton to Midway. Portions of the railway have been turned into walking and cycling trails and there even more tunnels and trestles to explore. I could not believe how large that leaf was. Walking through this area on a windy fall day might hurt. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. Wow, what a place 🙂 I’ve never heard about Othello Tunnels before – it looks like a pretty amazing experience to wander through a series of old train tunnels and bridges that cut through the solid granite walls and pass over the wild Coquihalla River. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. The first time we passed the turnoff, we got curious, turned around and went back. We have been stopping there ever since. Imagine the dangerous work required to cut and blast these tunnels through the mountains. Thanks for reading Aiva. Have a great weekend. Allan

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  2. Can’t say I ever knew about this walk on the old railway line. Interesting area. When we drive it’s get in and go. Imagine stopping to walk stretch and rest – not in my other halfs vocabulary. Maybe some day…

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    1. I used to drive like that too, but, there is no longer a rush to get somewhere and back. We all needed to get out and stretch out the aches and pains and the atmosphere on the rest of the drive was much better. Thanks for reading Bernie. +5 here today. Yay, January thaw. Allan


  3. Great set of pics, as always, Allan. That leaf was seriously large. Is that a type of Sycamore? We have Sycamore trees all over the U.S. They get pretty large leaves, too, but not like that.

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    1. Kettle Valley Railway was the ideal way to gain walking and biking trails, once the railroad stopped running. Still a dream of ours to ride the train through the mountains from Edmonton to Vancouver and back. Fingers crossed. Thanks for reading Chelsea. Allan

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  4. I’ve heard that the tunnels were badly damaged in the recent flooding of the lower mainland. It might have been a You Tube video because I saw the tunnels full of silt and debris. Many of the old bridges were also damaged. I always planned to go there but now it may be too late.

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    1. Coquihalla Canyon Park is closed until at least September. The priority right now is permanent repairs to the Coquihalla Highway and other access roads. We have been through the road since it reopened and things are a mess, but better than we expected. Fingers crossed Othello reopens and the damage does not hamper the steelhead spawn. Thanks for reading Glen. Allan

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