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Brockville Tunnel Grand Opening
South Portal Tunnel

Open Daily, 9:00am-9:00pm until December 3

Construction Notice:

As of October 16th construction at the north entrance will see the north entrance and the ramp closed.  The ramp (which exits the gorge area) will be re-graded to a constant rise and paved to OADA standards. The south entrance will remain open until December 3, 2017, and during this construction period to allow visitors to tour the tunnel while returning back down through the tunnel.

December 4 to March 31: Closed for winter, except for special events (to be announced).

Enjoy Your Tunnel Experience:

  • For your safety, the tunnel is under video surveillance.
  • Please "WALK YOUR WHEELS" to ensure everyone's safety - this includes bicycles, skateboards, etc.
  • To avoid injury to yourself and damage to the tunnel, please stay within the concrete curbs and do not touch the mineral deposits on the tunnel walls.
  • Help keep your tunnel smoke-free and litter-free.
  • Pets are allowed but they must be on a short leash.
  • Groundwater will always be dripping down the walls and from above in some places. Consider wearing a hat, jacket, or rain poncho.
  • The wet sections may be slippery for some footware, please be safe and proceed at your own risk. 
  • Thank You!
 
To learn more about our revitalization project, or to make a donation, please visit our Information Centre at 66 King Street West, Brockville (Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 noon to 4 pm). Donation bins (emptied daily) are also available at both tunnel entrances.

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PipebandTunnel Re-Opening Parade and Ceremonies
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Brockville’s “Rails to Trails” Festival
Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
August 10 - 13, 2017

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Canada’s First Railway Tunnel

Canada’s First Railway Tunnel was completed in 1860 for the Brockville and Ottawa Railway and later owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway until being acquired by the City of Brockville in 1983. The Tunnel is a remarkable example of Canada’s pre-Confederation industrial heritage that this restoration project will repurpose for the benefit of recreation, tourism and economic development. Key features of the Tunnel restoration include a new paved concrete floor and state-of-the-art energy efficient lighting for safety and to highlight the Tunnel’s architecture and geology.

Brockville’s New Railway Tunnel Park

Once open, Canada’s First Railway Tunnel and Brockville’s new Railway Tunnel Park will become the new central hub of our city’s Brock Trail recreational pathway. Phase one of Railway Tunnel Park will comprise restoration of the Tunnel and landscaping of the former CP property immediately north of the Tunnel, south of the main CN rail corridor. Phase two includes proposed redevelopment of the former Grand Trunk Railway lands also south of the CN corridor and west of the Tunnel, as well as proposed improvements at Brockville’s existing Armagh Sifton Price Park.

October 16, 2017
Brockville, Ontario – October 16, 2017: The refurbished Brockville Railway Tunnel opened end-to-end for resident and visitor traffic to much fanfare Saturday, August 12, 2017. The opening included an exciting parade, which followed the route used for the 1854 cornerstone-laying of the tunnel
May 24, 2017
Brockville Railway Tunnel Park Development Project – Phase 2 Community Hall at the Memorial Centre 100 Magedoma Blvd WE NEED YOUR IDEAS! Please join us on Monday, June 12 at the Community Hall, Memorial Centre for displays and a presentation of three concept options for the new
March 20, 2017
Brockville, Ontario –– The City of Brockville Railway Tunnel Committee has received a grant of $250,000 from the Ontario150 Community Capital Program to support the restoration of Canada’s First Railway Tunnel. On Friday, local MPP Steve Clark met with representatives and friends

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