Othello Tunnels Set To Close For The Season Due To “Unstable Conditions”

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Othello Tunnels

You knew this was coming with the kind of weather we’ve had lately. The Othello Tunnels are set to close for the season due to “unstable conditions”.

Located north of Hope, the landmark draws thousands of visitors yearly. Not only are they made up of five tunnels and multiple bridges in between, but the massive granite cliffs stand 300 feet tall. In addition, the tunnels have concrete and wood supports on the inside.

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Services are only available from April 1st to October 31st. The tunnels are closed during the winter months due to unstable conditions, falling rocks and ice.

Othello Tunnels

The Othello tunnels were built in 1914, when the Canadian Pacific Railway deemed it necessary to link the Kootenays with the BC Coast. They offer visitors a 3.5 kilometre trail, which links to the Hope-Nicola Cattle trail.

The tunnels were named after the Shakespearian play. The engineer, Andrew McCullough, was a giant Shakespeare fan and named several of the Coquihalla stations after Shakespearian characters.

There’s still some time left to check out the tunnels this year, so you better hurry up!

If you’re looking for other places in B.C. to explore, check out our Travel & Outdoors section.

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