I have lived here in BC almost all of my life that's a quick sixty one years and it wasn't until two years ago that I heard of a hidden treasure that British Columbia was hiding, the Othello Tunnels nestled just outside of Hope, BC. I don't remember how or even why I heard about these but what I can tell you was I just had to visit and see for myself if they truly were hidden beauty.
Hope has always been one of the little towns here in BC that I'd like to live, it's about four hours east of the largest city Vancouver and sits hidden away in amongst the mountains, so imagine my surprise when I heard there was a walking trail that went right through not one but five deep dark tunnels.
I should mention that this trail isn't for people that are afraid of heights, you will have to walk over a bridge or two that is high above the canyon below and let's not forget that the tunnels are extremely dark so bring a flashlight if you don't like walking into the unknown.
Entering The Tunnels
Below is an example from one of the five tunnels we walked through
Every one of them are different when it comes to the size, some are shorter but there is a longer one and you can see that there isn’t any lights whatsoever. I wasn’t prepared for that not sure what I was thinking, maybe I was like a lot of other people and thought there’s no way they are dark they must have some sort of lights.
Boy was I ever wrong, in the pictures I’m trailing behind my husband and his friend, this was the only way I could get any pictures at all and even with the flash on my camera still had a hard time capturing the inside of the tunnel.
With them ahead of me the camera was able to capture the figure of people this way it sort of shows how long this particular tunnel is and it certainly shows you that in fact there is no lights!
There's History Hidden in the Dark
It's a little weird to think tunnels that are hidden have history of their own There are five tunnels in total to walkthrough and since this was a few years ago I have no idea which one this is, it might actually be the first one we went through.
Do you see how dark they are, so if your like me and don’t care much for the dark it’ always better to bring along family or friends to help guide you through so that you won’t trip along the way.
This is just a little about the history and most of it was on the sign post at the beginning of the trail for everyone’s enjoyment and the only reason I can even remember any of this was because I was smart enough to snap an image of the sign before I started the hike.
- Built in the early 1900s these tunnels were used for the Canadian Pacific Railway
- The majority of the work to build these were all done by hand and the use of horse drawn equipment
- Then back around 1959 the railroad decided that it wasn't worth the time to keep using them, due to weather conditions they were closed more than they were used
- The railroad finally gave up completely on this around July 1961 and wanted nothing more to do with them
I'm not sure why or how these became part of the provincial park but they did and were officially open for the public sometime in May 1986
The Filming Productions Come to Hope in beautiful British Columbia
These tunnels have been used for making a few movies one was back in 1982 when Sylvester Stallone was in Hope filming the well known Rambo movie First Blood.
There weren't to many movies made here but a few worth mentioning that filmed in this provincial park are: Shoot to Kill and Cabin in the Woods
Walking The Trail
There's a few things you should consider taking on your hike
- I'd recommend a flashlight tunnels are dark inside
- A bottle or two of water, the trail itself is about 3.5 km long return
- Take a camera the view is breath taking worth taking pictures
- Wear a good pair of comfortable walking shoes, the trail is all gravel except the bridge
- Pack a picnic lunch, there's no food anywhere on the trail
The Trail Leading the way To Tunnels is breathtaking
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