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 relatively 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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  • This was my 1st trip to BC (we are from Nova Scotia) so 1st time seeing mountains. This place was absolutely beautiful and the turning leaves made it even more magical. Go, you won't be disappointed.  more »
  • A nice pedestrian course laid out on a former railroad in the canyon of the Coquihalla, Hope, BC provincial park. Easy and beautiful circuit. Well worth the trip.
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  • We have stayed here over the long weekend.Were lucky to get the last spot with full hookup. The manager lady was very nice and attentive to our needs.Campground is very close to town you could walk th...  more »
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  • This is an absolutely beautiful amazing place to experience. I spent each Sunday here on my day off exploring the many endless trails while I was in the area working. There are helpful maps along the trails to help guide you, or if you’re like me you can follow some of the off the beaten path goat trails into more rough terrain. The main trails are well groomed and easy to navigate. Great for the family and dogs to check out the peaceful scenery, and get in a good workout with a healthy hike. If you have the time and are in the are I recommend you check it out. You won’t regret it.
  • An amazing tourist attraction with breathtaking natural views and man-made wonder. There are several huge tunnels that used to host railroad. Canyons with rapid current. Free parking and free admission. But go as early as possible to secure a parking space for whole day activities. Make sure to bring a flashlight as some tunnel are long and peach dark.
  • The tunnels are really cool to walk through and you can (if you're adventurous enough) bike to the park from Downtown Hope! The river rapids, bridges, tunnels and even access to calm areas of the river male this place great for any group of any age and size! It's also totally free so if you're looking for a nice walk or a place to coll off in the summer and maybe even watch salmon swim up the river, this is a great place for you to go
  • Just loved this walk, really want to return again & again. Maybe walk for several hours along this beautiful, easy grade, railway trail. Would be a great trail for a novice who wants mountain bike or cross bike. Riding a horse along the trail itself would be amazing, though I'd probably take a alternate route from the parking lot to bypass the tunnels & bridge's. Exploring the tunnels, bridges & gorge was exhilarating. We walked blindly through the tunnels, a flashlight or headlamp would be a advisable for those who have coordination issues like me. Definitely worth the effort to visit.
  • Beautiful place! Originally came to get a couple pictures for my community website but ended up taking like 100 just because it was so amazing to see everything. The rushing waters between the massive rock walls, the dark tunnels with something majestic about them when your eyes adjusted, the waterfalls and all the nature and greenery you could imagine. It was a nice walk up and back the views were well worth it. Got some amazing shots!!
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