Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

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Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, popularly called the Othello Tunnels is a provincial park located near Hope, British Columbia focused on the canyon of the Coquihalla River and a decommissioned railway grade, now a walking trail, leading eventually to Coquihalla Pass. Originally part of the Kettle Valley Railway, five tunnels and a series of bridges follow a relatively straight line through the gorge, which is lined with sheer, flat rock cliffs.

The park was established by Order-in-Council as the Coquihalla Canyon Recreation Area, then upgraded and renamed with full provincial park status in 1997, at 151.3 hectares in size. It was expanded to its current 159 hectares in 2004.

The park's rock cliffs and relatively close distance to Vancouver has resulted in many popular movies being filmed there. Rambo: First Blood, Shoot to Kill, Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog, Cabin in the Woods and War for the Planet of the Apes were all filmed in Coquihalla Canyon.

The location is easily recognizable when watching Rambo: First Blood where Sylvester Stallone hangs off the cliff while a helicopter tries to snipe him down.

As of May 2015, the tunnels have reopened after having been closed for over a year due to rockfall concerns.[1]

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Coordinates: 49°22′13″N 121°22′07″W / 49.37028°N 121.36861°W / 49.37028; -121.36861

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  1. ^ "Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park". BC Parks. Retrieved 2015-05-14.