Saturday, June 11, 2011
Took off today and went about 250km into the mountains to see some different, yet similar, scenery. This tunnel is part of a system of tunnels built for the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) in about 1913 in an area previously deemed impossible to build in (canyon, cliffs, rushing river). Eventually decommissioned in 1961, the tunnels are now part of a more extensive trail system. The name Othello Tunnels comes from the fact that the main engineer was obsessed with Shakespeare, and would read to the crewmen in the evenings. Rail stops along the way are named Juliet, Romeo, Othello, amongst others.