Spiral Tunnels, Yoho National Park

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Witness a historical example of engineering ingenuity firsthand at Spiral Tunnels. The tunnels make up two vast figure-eight tracks that run through the mountains; they mark the site where a train plummeted into the lake, killing three workers. You may just see a freight train pass through; if not, the picturesque mountain range makes the trip worthwhile. Put Spiral Tunnels into our Yoho National Park trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This a must stopover while travelling the #1 Trans Canada Highway. It is an easy pull off the highway that offers a scenic lookout of a train tunnel that weaves its way through a mountain. With a long...  more »
  • This is a spot that the signage gives you the information you need and it is by good timing and luck that you are visiting the site when a train actually spirals through the canyon  more »
  • The rest area is closed, but my curiosity me bitter at the interpretive signs. I hear the train. Wow! Just a moment! In the 30 minutes spent at this place, the readings of the signs and the train in the foreground, I realized the magnitude of the work done by these men at the time. I wish you to be there during the passage of the train!
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Where to stay in Yoho National Park

Despite its isolated location, Yoho National Park offers a handful of luxury accommodations, most along Scenic Route 1. Some of the park's more remote lodges are accessible only by private transport. These isolated retreats--many of which deliberately avoid TV reception or Wi-Fi--typically cost a pretty penny. If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, consider staying in nearby Lake Louise or Banff and head to the park on a day trip.
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