Lower Spiral Tunnel Scenic Viewpoint, Field, BC, Canada
There are two viewpoints where you can safely watch trains and learn more about the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site of Canada. On average, 25 to 30 trains pass through the Spiral Tunnels daily, though not on a regular schedule.
From the viewpoint 7.4 km east of Field on the Trans-Canada Highway, you can see the Lower Spiral Tunnel in Mt. Ogden.
The Upper Spiral Tunnel in Cathedral Mountain can be seen from the pull-off 2.3 km up the Yoho Valley Road.
Hike the 1.2-km Walk in The Past Trail. It leads to an old spur line and an abandoned locomotive used during the Spiral Tunnels’ construction. On the way to the trailhead, don’t miss the old bake oven used by CPR construction crews.
As you drive on the Trans-Canada Highway, near the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, you’re following the path once known as the Big Hill. Imagine what it would be like over a hundred years ago, to be an Engineer facing this hill in a steam train with heavy freight behind you. Visit Canada. Epic Canada Route © Monika Newbound