Road trip stop-off: Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park (Othello Tunnels)
If you’re driving to Kelowna from Vancouver and have a car full of excited passengers, why not break up the journey?
There are lots of activities around Hope, BC which makes it a great location to stop for a few hours or a couple of days! However, if you’re short on time then we recommend visiting the Othello Tunnels at Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park.
The Othello Tunnels are open April 1st – October 31st so are the perfect stopping point for your summer road trip. These tunnels are a series of old train tunnels and bridges. Due to the striking way they have been cut into the granite walls, this walk is one of Hope’s major attractions. You will be excited to see the rushing river below and the kids will love imagining the trains that used to filter through these walls. It is hard to describe just what an amazing display of engineering these tunnels are – the only way to understand is to see it yourself!
Trails, Picnics, Tunnels & Flashlights!
This 3.5km trail is also suitable for bicycles, if that’s more your thing. Just remember to take a flashlight so you can see where you are going as some of the tunnels are long and dark. The route is suitable for pets but they must remain on a leash at all times.
Within Coquihala Canyon Provincial Park there is also a picnic area, making this an ideal resting place for lunch even if you haven’t got time for the walk! Pack some sandwiches, fruit, leftovers and cookies to make the most of this beautiful picnic spot. While you’re relaxing and taking in the views of the river, watch for salmon! In the summer, it is quite common to see salmon swimming in the Coquihalla River. Perhaps you can make this into a game – who can spot the most salmon?!
For more information on the park, please visit the official website.
Written by Hannah Poaros