The Othello Quintette Tunnels (Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park)The Othello Quintette Tunnels, better known as the Othello Tunnels, are one of the most spectacular, man-made attractions in the Lower Mainland. The contrast between the man-made structure against the steep granite cliffs is wild. You and your family will be in awe of this magnificent area. There are five tunnels which were built in 1914 to connect the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. These tunnels were built in a straight line through the granite cliffs. The engineer Andrew McCullough was an avid reader of Shakespearean literature so he named each station of the Coquihalla subdivision after the playwright's famous characters: Lear, Jessica, Portia, Iago and Romeo & Juliet. There are breathtaking viewing opportunities as you walk along the trail, through the tunnels and on the bridges. If you visit the tunnels between May and August, you will likely see spawning salmon leaping from the river as they make their way down the Coquihalla. If you are interested in enjoying a longer walk, you can continue past the last tunnel and walk along the Kettle Valley Trail into Hope. Tunnels are open from the May Long Weekend - end of October. Opening/closing dates vary.
Flashlights are strongly recommended for anyone walking or cycling through the Tunnels. Some are long and dark, and the gravel surface underfoot may be uneven due to erosion caused by dripping water.
The tunnels are open. Please note that parking at the tunnels is limited and peak times are 1:00-4:30 p.m. on weekends.
Features: Campground, picnic tables, fishing, hiking, cycling and toilets. Dogs on leash are allowed.
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Flood FallsIf you have ever driven to Hope from the Fraser Valley, you have probably been astonished at the amount of waterfalls you pass. Did you know that one of these is easily accessible from Hope? The easy hike to Flood Falls makes an excellent family activity, especially in the spring when the waterfall is a torrent of water crashing down the mountainside into a pool below. Though it's rare, keep in mind that Flood Falls occasionally dries up during the dryer parts of the summer, but typically the falls is active year round.
Hope Mountain MarketHope Mountain Market is located within the old growth forest of Memorial Park in Hope, B.C. This is a nice opportunity for families to get outside and play together at the park's playground and enjoy browsing the work of local artisens, crafters, farmers and a variety of small businesses. Families can finish their afternoon with a cold cup of Lemonade and some sweet and salty popcorn. The market offers an opportunity for local farmers and business people to present their goods and products in a casual outdoor setting. It offers shoppers the opportunity to support small businesses and to buy local. Travellers passing through can stop for a rest and supplies at the market, then discover downtown Hope and all it has to offer.
Features: Within the market vicinity you will find a playground, picnic tables, restaurants and shopping.
Market Hours: Saturdays, 9am - 2pm
Location: Hope Memorial Park (on Wallace Street)
Rotary TrailThese popular, multi-use, nature trails follow the Coquihalla River from Wardle St & 7th Ave to the Hope Golf and Country Club bridge. Enjoy great views of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers along the way. These trails are ideal for a casual walk or moderate bike ride.
Sucker's CreekSucker's Creek in Hope, BC is not only a fantastic place to watch spawning salmon, it is also a great place to take your kids for a swim away from the large crowds you will likely find at Kawkawa Lake. During the hot summer days, Sucker's Creek offers a nice swimming hole with comfortable water temperatures, and if you stick around late enough in the day, you may have the whole area to yourself. The best time of the year to visit Sucker's creek for swimming is mid-late summer. By this time the Coquihalla River will be lower and reveal a nice sandbar where you can comfortably relax. The water will be warm due to the shallow water and hot weather. If you visit earlier in the spring or summer, the water will still be high, a bit cooler and you'll have to find a comfortable spot on the rocky shore.
Hope Memorial ParkJust head downtown Hope on Wallace Street, to find a fantastic playground for kids. The play gym is in excellent condition and is a safe structure for kids to play on. It rests on a gravel base to help cushion falls. The playground also has a set of swings including ones for toddlers. The park is shaded by giant evergreens and there is a large, green, grassy field for wide games. Other features include an amphitheatre, basketball courts, tennis courts and restrooms. Next to the playground is the Japanese Friendship Garden to tribute the 2300 Japanese Canadians who were interned at the Tashme Camp during World War II. Tashme was located 20km east of Hope on Highway #3. The park is central to motels, restaurants and shopping.
Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Kawkawa Lake ParkKawkawa Lake Park is a fun place to spend a hot summer day. The park is situated on the lake and has amenities such as toilets, a swimming beach, a grassy play area, park benches with picnic tables, and a small dock that has a concrete boat launch. Much of the park is grass with a sandy shoreline, great for building sand castles! Kids can play on the new play gym (donated by Nestle Waters Corporation) or swim in the lake. There is no lifeguard so parents must keep a close eye on their children. Popular water activities at Kawkawa Lake include boating, water skiing, tubing, wake boarding, canoeing and fishing.
Hope Lookout Trail to the First BenchThis is a very popular trail in Hope, BC. It's a fairly moderate hike up the front of Hope Mountain and leads to a lookout over the town of Hope including Kawkawa Lake and the Coquihalla and Fraser Rivers. The lookout is perched on a rockslide 500 metres up the mountain. If you have small children, you may want to hike to the first bench along the trail. It's a good place to stop and the kids will still get to enjoy the hiking experience.
Thacker Marsh TrailLocated in Hope's Thacker Regional park, the marsh is a fun place where kids can walk around and explore nature and the small creatures that inhabit the marsh.
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