These abandoned railway tunnels form a stunning setting.
A leisurely walk on the abandoned railway grade will take you through the tunnels and the spectacular Coquihalla Canyon gorge.
Note: Flashlights are useful inside the tunnels. The park is open from April to October.
Designed by engineer Andrew McCulloch, the tunnels were built from 1911 to 1916 to complete the Kettle Valley Railway.
The missing gap, McCulloch's greatest challenge, was finding a way to get through the Coquihalla gorge where the river had cut a 300-foot deep channel in a wall of solid granite.
Once completed constant washouts and rock slides plagued the railway line causing it to close in 1959. Today, winter weather conditions continue to be a problem, preventing B.C. parks from keeping the park open during winter months.
Directions: Highway 1 to Hope, exit right at 'Welcome to Hope' sign Exit 170, turn left at first lights, right at second (just under the highway) onto the old Hope-Princeton Highway. Driving through the commercial area, turn left at 6th Ave. then right on Kawkawa Lake Rd. Keep right at the lake, following Othello Rd. to Tunnels Rd., where another right takes you to the Parking area. (Alternate: Can also be reached via the Coquihalla Hwy just north of Hope. Watch for signs.)
Note: May 25, 2011 - Due to a rock slide south of the last tunnel you must return by the same route to the entrance of the park as the trail no longer links to the Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail or Trans-Canada Trail.
Distance Return: 3km
Time: 1 hour
Degree of difficulty: walk
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67851 Othello Road, Hope, BC V0X 1L1