Othello Quintette 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.
Kettle Valley Railway Trail Difficulty Easy Elevation gain Minimal Round trip 8 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.'
Hope-Nicola Valley Trail Difficulty Medium Elevation gain 200 m (650 ft.) Round trip 8 km (5 mi.) Time 2 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 Difficulty Easy Elevation gain Minimal
(steep for first 100 m)
Round trip 3 km (1.8 mi.) Time 1 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 Difficulty Strenuous Elevation gain 855 m (2,900 ft.) Maximum elevation 2,105 m (6,900 ft.) Round trip 13 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.
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.
Tourism & Attractions in and Around Hope
More Camping Information
Hope Chamber of Commerce: www.hopechamber.bc.ca
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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism Region: www.vcmbc.com
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