The Othello Tunnels near Hope, British Columbia
The Othello Tunnels, also known as the Othello Quintette Tunnels, are a series of 5 straight tunnels connected together by trestle bridges. They were blasted through solid granite mountains and are located in the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park.
Located 5 kilometers from Hope, BC, Canada, these former railway tunnels were a part of the Kettle Valley Railway. This section of the rail-line was decommissioned in 1959.
The tracks have been removed and the trestle bridges have been converted to pedestrian ways. Excellent views of the Coquihalla Canyon can be seen as the river rages below.
This is a spectacular place to visit if you're interested in scenic canyon views and witnessing the ingenuity & determination of human beings. The Othello Tunnels were considered an engineering marvel and was one of the most expensive railways to build.
How to Get to the Othello Tunnels
When heading towards Vancouver, BC, (south on Highway #5), take the turn-off on Othello Road and continue south for about 4 kilometers. Turn on Tunnels Road and look for a sign to the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park.
If your coming from Vancouver, turn into town of Hope, BC and take Kawkawa Lake Road for about 4 km. Turn right on Othello Road and follow for another 4 kilometers. Look for a sign to the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park and turn on Tunnels Road.
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Some History of the Othello Tunnels
The Kettle Valley Railway was built along the remote and rugged terrain of southern British Columbia to connect the Kootenay Valley to the BC coast.
Instead of the going around the Coquihalla Canyon, which is up to 300 feet deep, the principal designer chose to blast these tunnels along the steep granite walls beside the Coquihalla River.
Andrew McCulloch's design was an engineering marvel at the time and this section of track was the most expensive section of rail ever built in the world. Many immigrant workers died during its construction.
The Othello Tunnels near Hope, BC are located 154 kilometers (1.5 hours) from Vancouver, BC and 239 kilometers (2.5 hours) from Kelowna, BC. This is just one of the many things to do in BC.
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