Spiral Tunnels
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  • GPaCalgary
    Calgary, Canada2,297 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Good Historical Spot
    Our friends were visiting from the UK. We were on our way to Kelowna, and stopped here to find out all about the spiral tunnels. The signage is very helpful and descriptive. We only wish that we had stayed five minutes longer so that we could witness a train making its was down the mountain.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia27,836 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    While on a train
    It is less dramatic to see the tunnels from the inside. I came through on the Rocky Mountaineer and we had to wait while a freight was negotiating them. With some freights 2.5km long it is possible to see each end of the train with the middle "missing" inside.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 September 2023
  • SeniorTravelerTF
    1,199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Watch for tour buses in the lot, they know what and where to watch
    A fascinating and unique feature that is viewable in very few places in the world. A very well detailed set of exhibit signs tell the story, but then you wait for a train to appear (about 25 a day). So it may be a wait. We waited, then found a tour bus stopping and listened to the guide's spiel and, more important, he knew the best vantage points to see the train. So it was probably an hour in total.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
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KB-GDA
Santa Paula, CA173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Definitely worth to stop by and read the historical panels. If you are lucky you may catch a vie of a passing freight train.
Written 19 April 2024
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A fascinating and unique feature that is viewable in very few places in the world. A very well detailed set of exhibit signs tell the story, but then you wait for a train to appear (about 25 a day). So it may be a wait. We waited, then found a tour bus stopping and listened to the guide's spiel and, more important, he knew the best vantage points to see the train. So it was probably an hour in total.
Written 29 October 2023
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia27,836 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
It is less dramatic to see the tunnels from the inside. I came through on the Rocky Mountaineer and we had to wait while a freight was negotiating them. With some freights 2.5km long it is possible to see each end of the train with the middle "missing" inside.
Written 19 September 2023
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GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada2,297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our friends were visiting from the UK. We were on our way to Kelowna, and stopped here to find out all about the spiral tunnels. The signage is very helpful and descriptive. We only wish that we had stayed five minutes longer so that we could witness a train making its was down the mountain.
Written 12 September 2023
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Jobylake
Ottery St. Mary, UK937 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Spiral Tunnels are located just off Highway 1. There is a large layby where you can park your car and read the history of the tunnels.

We had just missed a train by a few minutes so wasn’t able to see them coming out of the tunnels. It is very difficult to see the railway lines due to the size of the trees so unless there is a train on the tracks, you won’t be able to see much.
Written 14 August 2023
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Homecroft56
Nineveh, IN463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Amazing engineering feat - it's hard even today to see how they could tackle this and figure out how to bore the tunnels and get them to come out aligned perfectly without power equipment of our day. Impressive to ride through on the Rocky Mountaineer and neat to see the rest park with views of the tunnel and signage to explain where the tunnels are located.
Written 11 August 2023
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Christina B
Louisiana2,712 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Learned some interesting facts and along our journey we saw a number of the tunnels. Just crazy how they were built in the mountains.
Written 26 July 2023
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,082 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We stopped by the Spiral Tunnels rest area as part of our Brewster tour. It is more of an idea than a site seeing opportunity. The Spiral Tunnels (and there are two of them) are engineering marvels. Amazing for the time. But, we can’t see them. They’re underground. There is a nice viewing stop at the point one tunnel enters the mountain. There are numerous descriptive panels discussing the creation of the Tunnels. But you can’t see them. It IS an amazing feat. Would like to have a diorama of them.
Written 8 June 2023
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johnnnita
Napa, CA2,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
You may not have this on your major stops unless part of a tour like we had. During our all day "Pursuit" tour, this was one of the places we experienced briefly. It was worth the stop, since we actually witnessed the Canadian Pacific train "spiraling" and winding through these rail tunnels. That was quite a treat! You may not feel it's worth it unless you can view the train itself. From the observation location, it's hard enough to find the tunnels. Fortunately, we had a professional guide to help us. the train was the icing on the cake.

While in the observation area, take the time to read and learn more about why the "spiral tunnels" were constructed and the challenges involved. It's quite a history lesson, especially if you are a train enthusiast (or even not).
Written 12 February 2023
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Wendy P
ontario canada349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I had read about the Spiral Tunnels before our trip. We were lucky enough to see a long train heading towards the tunnels. We parked and ran only to discover that it still took about 10 mins for the train to go past us (we could only hear it and start the spiral and head back). it was very cool to watch the same long train going in 3 different directions on 3 different levels. Only sad part is the trees are very tall and you are able to only catch glimpses of the train, but still worth watching.
Written 2 October 2022
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