took a easy hike along the old kettle valley rail bed trail to othello tunnels and beyond. the trail is an extension of the trans canada trail and runs through hope following the old kettle valley rail line. it”s an easy stroll with a wide path and less than 4% grade. the majority of the time you’re in shade, sheltered from the sun with overhanging branches and the odd fallen tree. below you can hear the thrashing of the coquihalla river as it pushes its way through the narrow gorge of the canyon. you get several good glimpses before reaching the tunnels, vivid white and green tumbling over the sharp rocks below.
max kept me at a good pace taking only 45 minutes to cover the 5 km to the tunnels. we rested for lunch by the river before continuing on to the road and back into hope.
you can start in town, or as i did, drive to the trail head saving about 3 km of hiking. great place to take visitors or just get out into the fresh air.