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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  • 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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  • 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!!
  • Beautiful scenery as well as an important part of Western history. U just feel different kind of relaxation walking through one of the best nature and man made wonders. So much greenery and the freshness of the air. The sound of the river bouncing off the canyon just makes the best no instrument music ever. I can literally spend all day there jus exploring woods and water and just listen to the water and nature's sounds. Simply just love it!!!
  • Definitely worth seeing! The walk was incredible and the scenery was absolutely beautiful. There's lots of hiking trails and waterfalls to been seen. There's tunnels you walk through and a river
  • This is an amazing and impressive place with a mix of natural and man-made wonders. The tunnels are an amazing and impressive engineering feat, and are a testament to one of the most impressive railways ever built.The Kettle Valley Railway. The only reason why I give this provincial park 4 stars, not five, is that there is not nearly enough parking for the amount of visitors and often you have to wait for a parking spot to become available with the lot full and people parked where permitted all the way along the road leading to the park.

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To make the most of the town's friendly atmosphere, stay at one of the independent bed and breakfasts on Old Hope Princeton Way, or get closer to the scenic Fraser River by staying along Route 1. If you look in the streets surrounding the central Memorial Park, you'll find a handful of budget-friendly chain motels.
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