Canadas First Railway Tunnel


Brockville Tunnel Grand Opening
South Portal Tunnel

A tunnel is not a tunnel, unless you can go through it!

Opening August 12, 2017!

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by inviting your family and friends to visit Brockville on Saturday, August 12, 2017 for the official opening of the restoration of Canada's First Railway Tunnel and dedication of phase one of Brockville's new Railway Tunnel Park, during our city's "Rails to Trails" festival and RibFest, August 10-13, 2017 (scroll down for details). 

To learn more about our restoration project, or to make a donation,
visit our Information Centre at 66 King Street West, Brockville 
(Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 noon to 4 pm)

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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.

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
November 7, 2016
Tunnel Committee announces more than $3.2 million raised for restoration of Canada’s First Railway Tunnel and Brockville’s new Railway Tunnel Park Committee to present revised phase one budget to Council on November 8 Brockville, Ontario – November 4, 2016 – The

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