There are five tunnels which make up the Othello Tunnels built on the Kettle Valley Railway near Hope, BC. The pictures below are the Othello Tunnels also known as Quintette Tunnels as there is actually five of these tunnels.
The town of Hope is about a 1½ to 2 hour drive from Vancouver. The Othello Quintette Train Tunnels are located just North Hope Off Highway # 5, in the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. As Dad likes to say, we’re “beyond Hope”. To get to the tunnels from the town of Hope: take Kawkawa Lake road and proceed about 4 km, then turn right on to Othello Road and proceed another 4 km and look for the sign.
Thanks to Tracey for allowing me to use these photo’s from her Facebook album. Tracey writes, “It’s an easy hike along the tunnels and beyond, but I always feel like I’m discovering a secret place when we go there.”
In the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Railway decided a route was necessary to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. The railway was built over three mountain ranges. In the Coquihalla Gorge – the river cut a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite. A straight line of tunnels were built through it which are known now as the Othello Tunnels. There are spectacular viewing opportunities available on the trail, through the tunnels and on the bridges. This park highlights the Kettle Valley Railway grade that passes through the canyon and 5 tunnels which were built in 1914. It contains a 135 hectare land base. It is a popular tourist attraction for the town of Hope and provides viewing, walking, fishing and picnicking opportunities. The hiking trail links to the historic Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail. The engineer Andrew McCullough was an avid reader of Shakespearean literature, and used characters such as Lear, Jessica, Portia, Iago, Romeo & Juliet to name stations of the Coquihalla subdivision.
Park Size: 159 hectares
A flashlight is recommended as lighting is dim while walking through the tunnels.
In recent years, the tunnels have become a favourite location for movie producers. Cyclists must dismount from bicycles while passing through the tunnels.