Othello Tunnels Adventure!

I’m getting behind on posting our weekend adventures! I guess that’s a good thing though, because it means we’ve been busy off on more adventures!

We started our trip by driving to Chilliwack, and stopping at Hamel’s Fabrics, a wonderful (and fairly large) quilt shop nestled among farms. The staff were actually friendly (!!) and there were two well stocked floors of fabric in the cute little converted house. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture!

Smits & Co.w Farm, Chilliwack, BC

Next up, we headed to their next door neighbour, Smits & Co.w, a cheese farm! We picked up some of their mustard farm cheese (had mustard seeds in it) and was mild and delicious. We also grabbed some of their pepperoni sticks and a loaf of bread as a snack for later.

Here’s the farm store with the bread guy out front –

Smits & Co.w Farm, Chilliwack, BC

Next up, we headed back to Highway 1, and our directions said to take Highway 3, then Highway 5. This wasn’t right, we should have just gone with Highway 5, because we had to eventually turn around on Highway 3 and head back to Highway 5. Anyway, shortly after getting onto Highway 3, we came to the Hope Slide area, and stopped at the rest stop for lunch (we packed sandwiches). The scenery was amazing –

Hope Slide Area

Here’s looking further up (east) where Highway 3 runs –

Hope Slide Area

And Stu wondering why I was taking pictures from outside the outhouse (there was a line!) –

Hope Slide Area

It’s so hard to tell the scale from these pictures, but we felt really tiny –

Hope Slide Area

After lunch, we headed further along Highway 3, all the way to the entrance of Manning Park (which actually inspired our adventure the following weekend). Before turning around, we did stop to consult the GPS (well, Stu did, I was busy taking pictures of the stream) –

Creek just outside Manning Park (HWY 3)

The water was so clear, but the rocks on the edges of the stream were so slimy looking, it was easy to stay out of it.

Finally, we got back on Highway 5, and it was easy to find the Othello Tunnels/a>>since there is an “Othello” exit on the highway.

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

The walk into the tunnel area went along a river full of swimmers and frolickers –

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

But it didn’t take too long to get to the first tunnel –

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

These tunnels are super dark for the most part, with uneven ground and water dripping from the tops. I got dripped on by what I deemed to be ‘cave slime’, when it was in fact ‘water’.

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

Here’s one of the non-dark tunnels –

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

And another one –

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

And another one –

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

Between the tunnels, there were open areas with fantastic views of the rushing river –

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

The water was beautiful –

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

Actually, the whole thing was beautiful!

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

Another bridge between tunnels –

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

And in case you haven’t seen enough tunnel pictures, here’s another one –

Othello Tunnels - August 2012

After all the tunnels, there is a path that continues on for a while, but we only walked it for a little bit (we were there for the tunnels). We walked back to the car and had some fresh baguette, farm cheese and pepperoni for a snack before hitting the road.

If you’re going to go, bring good footwear (I was wearing flip flops – which was not a good choice) and a flashlight.

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3 thoughts on “Othello Tunnels Adventure!

  1. Thanks for the reminder! Having seen so many beautiful photos of the Othello Tunnels, I’ve always wanted to go there but wasn’t too sure where it was. Ironically, we were in Hope this morning for breakfast. If I had known how close we were, I could have seen it for myself.

    (Great idea to take flashlights. Our 6 year old will love that!)

    Soon! 😉

  2. wonderful pictures….um..did you notice the elfin face in the water of the last water picture you took…amazing..

    • I hadn’t noticed – but as soon as I looked at the picture I saw it!! Thanks for pointing it out! 😀

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