Background

Othello Quintette Tunnels

Othello Tunnels

Also known as the Coquihalla Canyon Park, originally there were, in fact, five tunnels in the area.

During the 1930's, several rock slides occurred between two short, nearby tunnels. The railway then decided to concrete those two tunnels together, resulting in the 4 tunnels known today.

In recent years, the tunnels have become a favourite location for film producers - Hope being given the industry name of "Hollywood North".
Some notable filmed areas of and near the tunnels are:

  • The sandbar used in scenes in the movie "First Blood".
  • The cliff used in the film "Fire with Fire".
  • Location of the huge log placed across the canyon for the rescue scene in "Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog".
  • The cliff above the stump at tunnel 2 was used in the spectacular canyon jump in the film First Blood.
  • The cliff used in the filming of "Shoot to Kill".
  • The entire tunnel section was filmed in scenes of "The National Dream".

More reading on the tunnels here:
Kettle Valley Railroad Site

The tunnels are located an easy 10 minutes from our campground. We also have electric scooter rentals for those who might have difficulty making the trip.
For more info, see the Rates & Booking page.

Please see the information page at the BC Parks site for details regarding opening & closure times.

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Campground

Nearby Trails

  • Kettle Valley Railway Trail
    DifficultyEasy
    Elevation gainMinimal
    Round trip8 km (5 mi.)
    Time~2 hrs, 30 min.

    You can walk or bike this trail from our campground through the Quintette Tunnels. Head all the way to the cemetery in Hope at Kawkawa Lake Rd. and back again.

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  • Hope-Nicola Valley Trail
    DifficultyMedium
    Elevation gain200 m (650 ft.)
    Round trip8 km (5 mi.)
    Time2 hrs, 30 min.

    Find the beginning of this trail at the far end of the tunnels' parking lot. To follow this historic trail always stay leading left, over the mountain and back down to meet the Kettle Valley Railway trail on the far side of the Quintette Tunnels. Then, turn left and walk back through the tunnels to return to our campground. There are beautiful scenic views of the Coquihalla River and Canyon along this trail, so take your camera along!

  • Ladner Creek
    DifficultyEasy
    Elevation gainMinimal
    (steep for first 100 m)
    Round trip3 km (1.8 mi.)
    Time1 hr.

    From our campground drive east to and up the Coquihalla #5 freeway, north to Ladner Creek. Once past Ladner Creek to the next turn area and back-track to parking area off the highway at the east end of Ladner Creek. Look for the trailhead on Talus Slope and be sure to use caution at the tunnels and trestle.

  • The Needle
    DifficultyStrenuous
    Elevation gain855 m (2,900 ft.)
    Maximum elevation2,105 m (6,900 ft.)
    Round trip13 km (8 mi.)
    Time~6 hrs.

    From our campground, drive east to and up the Coquihalla #5 freeway to the Zopkios Ridge Lookout. Parking is at the highway yard on the opposite side. Cross the creek behind the highway's shed and locate the old logging road. Follow for a short distance to the trailhead, then follow the ridge for roughly 1,850 m (6,000 ft.). The final ascent of the needle to the left should be attempted by experienced hikers only. An alternate hike would be to the lake to your right.

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    These are just some of the hiking trails in close vicinity of our campground. There are hundreds of hiking trails in the Hope and surrounding area. See the "Hope Daytripper" guide for maps of trails in the area.

    We also have free hiking trail booklets at our store.

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Tourism & Attractions in and Around Hope

Hope Visitor Centre

Hope Visitor Centre & Museum
Located on Water Ave.

Hope Arts Gallery

Arts Gallery
Hope's local volunteer art gallery, free admission. Located on Fort St.

Hope Station House

Hope Station House
Former railroad station located along Old Hope Princeton Way near Hwy 1.

Hope Chainsaw Carvings

Chainsaw Carvings
Intricate wooden statues decorate the town, a carving competition is held annually.

Christ Church Anglican Parish

Christ Church Anglican Parish
Completed in 1861 after the Gold Rush, located on the corner of Park & Fraser.

Japanese Friendship Gardens

Japanese Friendship Gardens
Garden on 3 Ave. presented in 1991 for those interned at Tashme during WWII.

Hope Golf and Country Club

Hope Golf and Country Club
9 holes, 6,264 yards, Par 72, rated 70.4. 10-15 min. from the campground.

Kawkawa Lake

Kawkawa Lake
4 km from campground, includes public swimming beach & boat launch.

Hope Slide

Hope Slide
Location of the infamous 1965 landslide, 15 min. from campground on the Crowsnest Hwy.

Alexandra Bridge

Alexandra Bridge
Historic suspension bridge built in 1863, located 1 km north of Spuzzum.

Hell's Gate

Hell's Gate
Breathtaking tram ride across the Fraser Canyon. 45 min. north of Hope, between Spuzzum & Boston Bar.

For current Hope weather information, visit: The Weather Network Website

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More Camping Information

Hope Chamber of Commerce: www.hopechamber.bc.ca

Campgrounds and RV Parks: www.campsites411.com

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism Region: www.vcmbc.com

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& Lauretta Redlich

Updated August 23, 2016