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Railway Tunnel Opening April 6, 2019


 Enjoy Your Tunnel Experience in 2019:

  • 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.
  • Please follow all public smoking, vaping, littering, and loitering laws while on tunnel property.
  • 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 walking surface will be wet & slippery in some sections. Please wear proper footwear for traction.
  • Please be safe and proceed at your own risk. 
  • Thank You!
* Daily Access may be limited due to extreme weather conditions. Please check for weather warnings for Brockville Ontario before you travel. 
Donations can be made to support ongoing operations, or for phase 2 of the tunnel property project. To make an secure online donation, or to contact someone about a donation, please click the "Donate" link under the Support menu.
Donation bins (emptied daily) are also available at both tunnel entrances.
Thank You!

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2019 Tunnel Opening


The Railway Tunnel will Re-open for the 2019 Season


Saturday, April 6, 2019

               Click here for details

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 has been repurposed 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

The Restored 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 was completed in 2017 and included 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.

January 7, 2019
Get or give a chance to WIN a trip for 2 to Brockville on Via Rail! Only $5 per entry and 100% of proceeds go to make improvements to Canada's first railway tunnel.     ENTER HERE: 1st prize - A trip from Western Canada  2nd prize – A
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 Brockville

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