Explore the Othello tunnels
The Othello tunnels are a few old railroad tunnels and bridges that run through massive rock formations. The tunnels are located in Coquihalla Provincial Park, just outside the town of Hope in British Columbia.
In the 19th century, the 5 tunnels and 4 bridges were built over and through a deep narrow ravine to allow for a new railroad track. The railway became a walkway in the 1950s when the tunnels became obsolete. For movie lovers: some parts of the first Rambo movie were shot at the Othello tunnels.
We park our car at the parking lot and start our short walk to the tunnels. The tunnels are really dark: the flashlight on your phone can help to illuminate the path occasionally. After the first tunnel, you enter the ravine: what an amazing view! Below you, you see the wild Coquihalla River flowing. So, it goes on for a while: dark tunnels alternated with the bridges to enjoy the beauty. After the last tunnel, we simply turn around and walk back through the tunnels. But the walking path goes even further, so you can extend your walk if you would want.
How to reach the Othello tunnels?
The easiest way to reach the Othello Tunnels is to take exit #183 Othello Road from the Coquihalla Highway. Once off the highway, follow this road for about 3km and look for the signs to Coquihalla Provincial Park that will lead you to Tunnel Road. You can park at the designated parking lot.
It is amazing to see that they could do this in the 19th century with just some gunpowder and manpower. It is a really nice stop to make if you are in the area. Because they are no slopes and it is not very long (about 3.5 km – 2.2 miles), it is definitely suitable for everyone, even children.