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. With our international travel planner, Yoho National Park attractions like Spiral Tunnels can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 9, 2017
    I've stopped here many times, but I can't say I've ever been thrilled by it. Honestly I'm just not that into trains, but the face that there is a spiral tunnel through the mountain is pretty amazing!!...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Came upon Spiral Tunnels using the Yoho/LLouise Gypsy Guide app (recommend!) and the tunnels were so awesome. It was a bit crowded so couldn't see all of the informational placards but then a train ro...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Interesting presentation of a piece of Canadian railway history. The length of North American freight trains can be admired if at the beginning and end of a turn at both ends of the tunnel can be seen. Unfortunately, the lower input pretty much by trees is vision needed. It's great also for children.
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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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