Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, Hope

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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, Far from Home: 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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  • August 8, 2017
    The tourist info suggested visiting Othello Tunnels and I'm glad we did. It's an amazing experience to walk through these big and old cutouts down to the raging river. I would recommend bring a small ...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    We were on our way back to Vancouver from Penticton at the end of our vacation. So glad we took an hour to see this beautiful park. Between the river gorge and tunnels it was great scenery all around....  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    We had read about these tunnels and since we were staying in Langley for a few days this seemed like the ideal opportunity to visit them . This was definitely one of the highlights of our time in Cana...  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    Very impressive tunnels, and also a wonderful story behind them. Well worth the almost 2 hour drive from Vancouver. Went there on Civic Holiday (Aug. 1) 2016 with my family, everyone enjoyed the trip. We arrived around 7:30-8:00 PM, so there were few people and the area was quite tranquil. I suggest going quite early or quite late in the day to avoid the large crowds. The picture was taken from the inside of a tunnel, I forgot which one.
  • June 20, 2017
    The tunnels are unique in being so close together. Nice walk through a part of history. Short and easy trail from the parking lot. We went early Saturday morning and had the trail to ourselves. Don't forget some sort of flashlight. Parts are pretty dark without a light. Nice views of the river also.
  • July 3, 2017
    Very unique and beautiful park. The tunnels are dark, damp, and exciting. As you walk through them and exit into wide, rocky openings, you hear the thunderous water cascading below you. Easily accessable for those who are physically disabled.
  • June 4, 2017
    Great for walking, even with kids or elderly because the path is accessible. Flashlight is recommended for use once inside the tunnels. Do touch the rocks in the tunnel, some are wet. Hiking becomes am enhanced experience because of the sound of the water below, and the natural surroundings.
  • June 24, 2017
    My review is for the Rambo: First Blood enthusiast. The cliff in which Rambo stares up and yells "I didn't do anything" is easily spotted along the path and you can stand practically where he stood. Hard to miss. The park itself offered a relaxing walk along the river and through tunnels in the mountainside.

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