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alplan
Vancouver, Canada141 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Go early as it does get busy! We biked along the KVR from where it starts to the tunnels and back into Hope. The tunnels themselves are close together so a short flat walk in and back if you go from the parking lot - you can do a loop by hiking the Hope/Nicola trail back to the parking lot but its a steep rocky trail. The tunnels are a great thing to do and I would highly recommend stopping by for an hours visit - don’t drive out there from the city just to see the tunnels! Dogs must be leashed and take a flashlight as its dark in one tunnel.
Written August 7, 2021
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6,386 contributions
Oct 2021
On a nice sunny day in October, my son took us to the Othello Tunnels.The parking lot was half full and there were three school buses already there. We bumped into these groups of Junior high school kids in the tunnels trail and they were well behaved.
These old train tunnels and bridges were built in1914. I saw one concrete pole had a date of 1934. These tunnels were built through the solid granite rocks and pass over the Coquihalla River with bridges. That was sure a challenging project. When you go visit you will understand.
Now the railway tracks are no more. It left some uneven flat gravel path to walk and the first tunnel is long and dark, so flashlights are recommended. The whole walking distance you only need 30 minutes at most. But if you want to capture the spectacular breath taking views of each section and corners, be prepared for at least 90 minutes.
Recently because of the heavy rainfall and flood, parts of the tunnels have been damaged by mudslides. I hope it can be fixed and cleared up for 2022 summer for people to enjoy this mother nature's and man-made wonder.
Happy Travelling!
Written December 17, 2021
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richard k
Agassiz, Canada104 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
This is 1 of the places my wife and I love going to. It is a very interesting piece of History to check out , lots of beautiful scenery. I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes, and take a lite jacket for inside the tunnels, if you want go on a cloudy or cool day.
I also recommend locking any valuables in the trunk or take them with you.
Written June 24, 2020
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Bibihsu
Vancouver, Canada16 contributions
Jul 2021
Took the family and drove for almost 2 hours. The destination is easy to find on GPS. The tunnels are 10 minutes away from the parking lot and it takes about 20 minutes to walk to the end of the tunnel series. The scenery is amazing and easy for strollers. The trip is very worthwhile and is one of the most beautiful places I visit in BC.
Written August 12, 2021
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Andrew A
San Jose, CA11 contributions
May 2019
The real scenes are significantly better & more impressive than what have been captured in most existing photos online. It's a tourist spot much worthwhile of the time spent there. The walk thru the tunnels is fun & interesting, but definitely requires a flash light. The biggest challenge is in finding parking. My highly recommended suggestion is to go not in the middle of the day when it's peak visit hours. We went around 4:30 pm and found a parking spot very close-by, finding it a great time & strategy.
Written February 17, 2020
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j0ecr
Burnaby, Canada61 contributions
Sep 2020
The parking lot is closed off but the trails are open. The first tunnel via the short trail is gated due to rock fall hazard but the tunnels are accessible via the longer trail to the NW. Nice hike though, especially during the autumn
Written October 3, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada4,110 contributions
Jul 2021
This was one of our stops on our road trip. My spouse had been here once as a kid and I have never been here. what a fun but very busy stop. We were there for about an hour but really took our time and enjoyed it. Great spot to take some pictures or just go for a really nice light walk that has some BC history. There are some lovely waterfalls and views over the river. Some of the tunnels are a little dark. I wish I had a flashlight. The one on our phones didn't help much to see where we were walking on uneven gravel.

There are some picnic tables, and some shady areas to park but port-a-potties were very gross. Not sure why people cant clean up after themselves.

These 5 tunnels were constructed in 1914 through cliffs for railway access. The KVR line was in service until a major washout occurred in 1959; it was abandoned in 1961. The tunnels became part of Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park's trail system in 1986.

They have done a great job keeping this visitor friendly for almost any age. I think there must be a trail that hooks up with it. Lots of people riding their bikes. I do like that they build the bridges above the tracks so you can see pieces of it.
Written February 13, 2022
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Terri P
Agassiz16 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
We decided to do the loop from the tunnels to the parking lot. Walking to the tunnels was easy, past the tunnels the trail splits where you can head back to the parking lot (~5.5 km) or go into Hope (~10 km). We thought the parking lot trail didn't seem that long, and it wouldn't have been, but it was much harder than expected due to the elevation change (basically up, then back down the mountain). The hike offered beautiful views but the trail was narrow and not as well groomed as the trail out to the tunnels. If you're in decent shape it won't be too difficult, but is definitely not for people who are not in good shape or parents with strollers.
Written May 25, 2018
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KayleighE9
Kamloops, Canada29 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
This is a beautiful place to visit. Stunning views. Very easy flat hike, suitable for all ages. The old tunnels are great, perfect to learn a bit about the area and how the train track was built. The views of the river from the bridges are just spectacular!
Written April 30, 2018
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KathyMapleRidge_B_C_
Maple Ridge, B.C.44 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
We drove to Hope and parked in the Tourist Info parking lot. After getting instructions from the tourist info staff we road our bikes through Hope to Kettle Valley Road. We then biked up the Kettle Valley Railway Trail to the Othello Tunnels in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. It was a beautiful ride through the forest with the Coquihalla River down below. The tunnels and surrounding area were amazing. There are 5 tunnels to walk through and, as others have said, bring a flashlight as it is very dark in the tunnel even on a hot summer's day. We rode back to town the same way greatly appreciating the slight downhill slope. We detoured through Thacker Regional Park and were able to avoid traffic for most of the return traffic. The total bike ride was approximately 16 kms. Whether you can incorporate a bike ride into your visit or just drive to the Provincial Park and take the short walk through the tunnels, this is one sight on a visit to the Vancouver area that shouldn't be missed.
Written July 31, 2013
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