Coquihalla Historic Trails

Hope, British Columbia

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One of Hope’s attractions is the historic Kettle Valley Railway and the Othello-Quintette Tunnels, that succession of bridges and passages by which the Coquihalla Canyon was made passable for rail traffic. Here you may marvel at the pertinacity of these railroad builders who produced one of the most expensive pieces of trackage not only in Canada, but in the world. The 2-km (1.2-mi) stroll through the tunnels and back will take you no more than 45 minutes, only enough to whet your appetite for more; and more you may experience by combining this piece of history with an earlier attempt to link the coast with the interior—the Hope–Nicola Valley Cattle Trail, constructed in 1875 using in part a trade route carved out in 1860.
109 Walks in British Columbia's Lower Mainland

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109 Walks in British Columbia's Lower Mainland

by Mary & David Macaree (Greystone Books)

One of Hope’s attractions is the historic Kettle Valley Railway and the Othello-Quintette Tunnels, that succession of bridges and passages by which the Coquihalla Canyon was made passable for rail traffic. Here you may marvel at the pertinacity of these railroad builders who produced one of the most expensive pieces of trackage not only in Canada, but in the world.

The 2-km (1.2-mi) stroll through the tunnels and back will take you no more than 45 minutes, only enough to whet your appetite for more; and more you may experience by combining this piece of history with an earlier attempt to link the coast with the interior—the Hope–Nicola Valley Cattle Trail, constructed in 1875 using in part a trade route carved out in 1860.

©  Mary & David Macaree/Greystone Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hope
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Good most of the year
Local Contacts: BC Parks
Driving Directions: Directions to Coquihalla Historic Trails

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May 2018