We’ve featured all of these destinations as a Hike of the Week, but they are so close to each other, if you are feeling really adventurous you can easily complete them all in one day.
You can do these three easy hikes near Hope, BC in the order shown, or reversed, it’s really up to you. Keep Othello Tunnels as the second hike though or you’ll be backtracking in the car. Directions to each hike are linked below.
Remember to pack the 10 Hiking Essentials, tell someone where you are going, and have fun!
1. Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park
First on the list is Alexandra Bridge. You’ll want to head here first since it is the furthest away of the three. (Directions Alexandra Bridge Directions)
Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is a small park centered around the site of the original Cariboo Wagon Road bridge over the Fraser River. The park was established in 1984. You can access the historic Alexandra Bridge from a trail through a day-use area.
Alexandra Bridge Trail:
The bridge itself is not in the park. To reach the trail to the bridge walk down from the trail starting at the parking lot, the trail will open to the old road which winds down to the bridge. After a few minutes you get to the bottom and come up to a set of train tracks. BE CAREFUL this is still an active train track and there will be active trains when you are there. Exercise caution when crossing the train tracks to the bridge because the trains may not sound their horn.
Make sure you take your camera, there’s some great vantage points from both sides of the Alexandra Bridge of the Fraser River below. There is also a great day use picnic area so if you packed a lunch you could eat it here after your hike.
2. Othello Tunnels, Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park
After visiting Alexandra Bridge it’s time to head back down closer to Hope to the Othello Tunnels. (Directions Othello Tunnels Directions)
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park is in the Coquihalla Gorge where a straight line of tunnels were built as part of the now defunct Canadian Pacific Railway line that linked the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail.
Othello Tunnels Trail
There are spectacular viewing opportunities through the tunnels and on the bridges. From the parking lot trailhead the Othello Tunnels trail is a short, easy 3.5km return trip. You’ll pass through four old train tunnels and see the rushing river below as you walk over the bridges.
On your way to the next hike after going to Othello Tunnels a great place stop to eat is the city of Hope. There’s some great little cafe’s and restaurants if you didn’t pack your own lunch.
3. Bridal Veil Falls
Last but not least is Bridal Veil Falls on the way back to Vancouver. This park also includes a day use picnic area so if you haven’t eaten yet this is a great place as well.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a scenic day-use park area which includes a short 0.8km hike up to the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls, which tumbles 60 metres over a smooth rock face, creating a “veil-like” effect.
Bridal Veil Falls Trail
Bridal Veil Falls has one loop trail that will take you to the viewing platform near the base of the falls. It is a short 0.8km trip which will take only about 20 minutes or less. As you hike up the trail you will begin to hear the waterfall off in the distance and shortly after you will come up to the wooden railings of the viewing area.
Let us know in the comments if you have any questions on the hikes. Be sure to come back and leave a comment once you’ve completed the 3 hikes. We’d love to hear about your trip!