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Spiral Tunnels

Trans-Canada Highway, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-343-6783
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Trans-Canada Highway, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-343-6783
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Reviewed yesterday

Patience may be required if you want to see this place to its best advantage or want decent photos that give a true idea of the scale of the track. Reasonable amount of parking available, good interpretive panels explaining the history of the tunnels, and...More

Thank DonkScotland
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is fully worthwhile only if you can see a train and appreciate this great engineering work, and even in that case only if you have binoculars or a camera with at least 20x zoom. As this just happens few minutes per day, I'd suggest...More

1  Thank J Francisco E
Reviewed 5 days ago

The tunnels are an engineering marvel. If you are lucky you can see a long goods train at both ends.

Thank David A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In order to decrease the grade trains would have to climb/descend as they traversed Kicking Horse pass, in 1909 the Canadian Pacific railway built two inter-connected spiral tunnels, one in Mt. Ogden and the other in adjacent Cathedral mountain. Today, between 25 and 30 trains...More

Thank Cowboybuckaroo
Reviewed 1 week ago

The only reason we stopped was because there was a group of people waiting and a sign...I'm so glad we did...It is fascinating to see how some genius designed these tunnels to get the trains down the steep mountain sides...Plus we made lots of friends...More

Thank clairann2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're fortunate to get a long train, you can see it going by and into the tunnel and then coming out of the other tunnel - all at the same time. An engineering feat worthy of the stop. Even if you don't get a...More

Thank Mary V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Crowded place along the highway. If you are lucky enough to see a train (or have the time to wait for it) it is worth visiting this place. Views could be better. Be sure to bring a telephoto lens for your camera if you want...More

Thank Wouter v
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy stop on Trans-Canada highway to Spiral Tunnel observation point. Fascinating when you see the train go through. It's worth the short stop to marvel at this engineering feat that prevented runaway trains by looping back uphill to slow down and control a steep downhill...More

Thank oldtimetraveler66
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having seen the working model at Field Information centre it was interesting to try to see the trains enter and leave the upper spiral tunnel. We waited 20 minutes for this to happen having passed a train leaving Field as we drove up the Yoho...More

Thank Neill G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is nothing here but a very good signage board and a place to stop off the highway, but unless there is a long freight train entering when you are there, this is nothing more than a informative sign and if you look hard enough...More

Thank Teresa H
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