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Coquihalla Canyon Park Plans to Reopen in Early July

After suffering extensive damage from severe weather events in November 2021, Coquihalla Canyon Park, including the iconic Othello Tunnels, is scheduled to partially reopen to the public in early July 2024. The park’s phased restoration aims to strengthen its infrastructure against future climatic threats, with complete accessibility projected for 2025.

The initial phase of the reopening will allow visitors access from the park entrance up to the end of tunnel two. This section will feature a resurfaced and elevated trail, designed to prevent similar damage from future flooding events.

“Coquihalla Canyon Park and Othello Tunnels are extremely popular, and their spectacular beauty and unique features provide good reason,” George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, said in a press release.

The park, once a segment of the Kettle Valley Railway, bore the brunt of the damage in 2021 when atmospheric rivers caused flooding that affected over 30 sites, eroded local access roads, destabilized canyon slopes, and damaged the structural integrity of all five Othello Tunnels and their bridge foundations.

 “We know people have been waiting a long time for the park to safely open. The damage to this park from the atmospheric river was extensive, and we are designing and rebuilding more resilient infrastructure so it can better withstand the impacts of climate change,” Heyman said.

Victor Smith, mayor of Hope, welcomed the news of the park’s reopening. Funding for the restoration, approximately CA$4.5 million, is largely provided by the Government of Canada’s Disaster Financial Assistance Fund. The project also involves collaboration with First Nations, archaeologists, and cultural heritage specialists to ensure the protection of archaeological and heritage values during the construction.

“The park is located right in our backyard and generates tens of thousands of visitors every year to our area. It played a huge role in the movie First Blood, which was shot in Hope in 1981,” Brian McKinney, team lead, Hope, Cascades and Canyons Visitor Centre and Museum, said.

Coquihalla Canyon Park offers a range of facilities to enhance visitor experiences, ensuring accessibility and convenience. The park features accessible picnic areas and both pit and flush toilets to accommodate guests. 

A standout attraction is the 3.5km trail through the Othello Tunnels, which is an easy round trip on a flat, gravel surface, making it part of the Trans Canada Trail. For safety and to enhance the experience, flashlights are strongly recommended for visitors walking or cycling through the tunnels.

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BlueFox1231
BlueFox1231
April 14, 2024 5:22 pm

Have you heard about the Coquihalla Canyon Park reopening in early July? I highly suggest checking out the revamped tunnel two trail for a fantastic experience with historical charm and gorgeous scenery. It’s amazing how the community, First Nations, and heritage specialists are all coming together to protect the park’s archaeological sites and cultural significance!

BryceOrion
BryceOrion
April 14, 2024 8:13 pm
Reply to  BlueFox1231

The teamwork to protect the park’s treasures is admirable! Count me in for exploring the revamped tunnel two trail. 💫 Can’t wait to soak up the history amidst nature’s beauty! Go ahead, mark your calendar for a memorable visit once it’s all good to go!

BlueJive293
BlueJive293
April 14, 2024 6:49 pm

Isn’t it exciting that Coquihalla Canyon Park is gearing up to welcome visitors again? I can’t wait to check out the revamped trail up to tunnel two and all the cool upgrades they’ve added. It’s awesome to see them focusing on sustainability to protect this beautiful park for the future!

MelodicHorn85
MelodicHorn85
April 14, 2024 8:49 pm

When you head to Coquihalla Canyon Park, make sure to soak in the breathtaking sights and unique rock formations. Exploring the trails and learning about the area’s history can really deepen your connection to the land and its heritage. It’s a true gem in British Columbia!

SunGem5678
SunGem5678
April 15, 2024 12:36 pm
Reply to  MelodicHorn85

Don’t forget to pack water and snacks when exploring. What’s your favorite trail in the park? Share your top picks for a memorable hike!

Jonah Storm
Jonah Storm
April 14, 2024 9:48 pm

Can you imagine when they unveil the new center highlighting the Othello Tunnels’ history in 2025? Also, I love their eco-friendly focus for a sustainable park experience!

Emily Taylor
Emily Taylor
April 15, 2024 12:42 pm
Reply to  Jonah Storm

Envision the grand reveal of the new center showcasing the rich history of the Othello Tunnels in 2025. It’s going to be truly inspiring to witness the heritage come to life in such a remarkable way. Together, we’ll exprience the beauty of preservation and history intertwined. Let’s embrace this new journey!

Jessica Phillips
Jessica Phillips
April 14, 2024 11:59 pm

Isn’t it amazing how Coquihalla Canyon Park’s revival highlights environmental care? Its reopening reflects dedication to preserving nature and history, offering visitors a unique blend of heritage and modern comfort.

Kyla Moon
Kyla Moon
April 15, 2024 1:17 am

Have you heard about the treasure hunt at Coquihalla Canyon Park? The squirrels there are rumored to stash shiny goodies along the trails. Grab a gemstone, but remember to thank them – they’re serious about their treasures!

Thomas Lopez
Thomas Lopez
April 15, 2024 1:39 am

Exciting news for Coquihalla Canyon Park fans! Get ready for an upgraded experience with new safety features and fun info signs on the trail. They’re focusing on preserving nature and history for all of us to enjoy. Can’t wait to explore and learn more!

David Wilson
David Wilson
April 15, 2024 5:11 am

Have you heard about the exciting plans for Coquihalla Canyon Park? They’re gearing up to reopen soon after some rough weather damage. The restoration work sounds fantastic, especially with the added interpretive signage and safety enhancements. Can’t wait for all the history and beauty to be back on display!

bakerBea
bakerBea
April 15, 2024 8:31 am

Imagine exploring Coquihalla Canyon Park with its new trail up to tunnel two! The restoration work enhances nature’s beauty for all to enjoy. Can’t wait for July!

FelixAura
FelixAura
April 15, 2024 11:47 am

I can’t wait for Coquihalla Canyon Park to reopen in July! The upgrades and restoration efforts sound awesome. Let’s all show some love and respect to the historical sites when we visit, preserving them for the future. It’s going to be a fantastic experience for everyone!

AliceWander
AliceWander
April 15, 2024 1:25 pm

Isn’t it awesome that Coquihalla Canyon Park is gearing up for a reopening in early July? The upgrades to safety and infrastructure will make the experience even better! Plus, preserving the park’s history while enhancing the visitor experience is a win-win for all of us. Can’t wait!

Mark Hall
Mark Hall
April 15, 2024 7:58 pm

The Coquihalla Canyon Park is getting a facelift for an early July reopening. You won’t want to pass up strolling through the revamped trails and soaking in the stunning views. Plus, keep an eye out for the new signs sharing the park’s history and natural beauty. Ready to explore? Let’s chat about your thoughts on this exciting news!

VivienneSurf
VivienneSurf
April 15, 2024 8:53 pm

I’ve heard about the Coquihalla Canyon Park reopening plans in July! They’re not just fixing up the park for the future but also adding cool stuff for visitors. I can’t wait to explore the improved trails and amenities. It’s exciting to see the community coming together for this.

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