I did a weekend driving trip to and from Kelowna back in July of 2016. On the way back on the Coquihalla, I made the point to drop by Othello Tunnels in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park... which I had passed by so many times on my driving trips, and yet never visited until then.

These tunnels were built in 1914 as the final part of the Kettle Valley Railway as it blasted through the sides of Coquihalla Gorge, which is a 300ft deep channel of solid granite carved out by the Coquihalla River.

This impressive engineering challenge, just one amongst many needed to complete this railroad line, ensured that it is one of the most expensive ever completed.

The tunnels and nearby stations were named after Shakespearean characters, because the chief engineer Andrew McCulloch was an avid reader of The Bard.

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How he got down there, I have no idea.... Must have been able to take some unique pictures, though!

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Parts of the tunnels were reinforced with concrete in the ‘30s

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Somebody thought it was a good idea to run a railway through THIS terrain! Well, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do....

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