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Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, Hope
(4.8/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, popularly called The Othello Tunnels is a provincial park located near Hope, British Columbia focused on the canyon of the Coquihalla River and a decommissioned railway grade, now a walking trail, leading eventually to Coquihalla Pass. Originally part of the Kettle Valley Railway, five tunnels and a series of bridges follow a relatively straight line through the gorge, which is lined with sheer, flat rock cliffs.The park was established by Order-in-Council in as the Coquihalla Canyon Recreation Area, the upgraded and renamed with full provincial park status in 1997, at 151.3 hectares in size. It was expanded to its current 159 hectares in 2004.The park's rock cliffs and relative close distance to Vancouver has resulted in many popular movies being filmed there. Rambo: First Blood, Shoot to Kill, The Adventures of Yellow Dog and Cabin in the Woods were all filmed in Coquihalla Canyon.The location is easily recognizable when watching Rambo: First Blood where Sylvester Stallone hangs off the cliff while a helicopter tries to snipe him down.As of May 2015, the tunnels have reopened after having been closed for over a year due to rockfall concerns.
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  • Don't hesitate and plan a trip to the tunnels. The walk is short but impressive. The forest and cliffs around it are stunning. 
  • A beautiful, easy walk through several historic railway tunnels, with lots of scenery around (actually I liked the scenery even better than the tunnels). Nice views of the river and canyon as well as ...  more »
  • Car-only access. Pet friendly. Has several trails. Take flashlight for the trail of tunnels. Not too big but free parking. Free entry.
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  • We enjoyed the tunnels; they were fun and the area is gorgeous. The canyon is mossy with blue water flowing. The first tunnel (4 tunnels total) was surprisingly long. And it is crazy how vertical the rock walls are. They go straight up. It's cool to think of the engineering they had back in the early 1900's to build these.
  • It's a great place to go for a walk on a hot day. The rock tunnels really help a guy cool off. Very interesting engineering feat too! Intelligent determination. Take the suggested flashlight if you have one.
  • I have 6 mth old baby n my nephews age 2 to 12 yrs old. Everyone loved it we couldnt due all of the trails. Its a great place to bike if ur in to it. U can take ur stroller too. One think we for got was a flush light but the kids loved going through the tunnels anyway. Washrooms need to be upgraded though just because of the kids. It's an outhouse washrooms has no sink to wash ur hands and the toilates r too high n im 5foot 2". No washeoom available along the trails l. So doggy bags and babywips saved our day. We plan on cqmpong near the trail next yr n we r planing to go with teh rest of our friends n family. Next week.
  • Awesome! I loved walking through the tunnels, you feel so small. Can't imagine how it came to be. Beautiful river along the tunnels as well. Even saw some fish jumping upstream!
  • Love this place. Quiet and beautiful despite crowd. The trail through the tunnels is fascinating and the mountain side is scenic. A nice walk morning or afternoon.