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Regular Access to The Railway Tunnel is Now

CLOSED Until APRIL 4, 2020. 





Make sure to follow our  FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM account to ensure you are the first to know when there are any special openings or events during our off season..... 

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  DONATE 

RED Donation bins (emptied daily) are also available at both tunnel entrances.  We appreciate all financial assistance as our goal is to keep access to the tunnel free for all to enjoy.
Thank You!


* Daily Access may be limited due to extreme weather conditions or for special events/private rentals (click link for dates/times)


 To Enjoy Your Tunnel Experience:

  • The walking surface will be wet & slippery in some sections.  Please wear proper footwear for traction.
  •  Do NOT walk on the curbs, or allow others in your party to do so.  They can fall off the curb and injure them selves and/or destroy the lighting.  
  • 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 and under control at all times.  You are responsible to clean up after your pet, so please come prepared. 
  • Groundwater will always be dripping down the walls and from above in some places. Consider wearing a hat, jacket, or rain poncho.
  • Please be safe and proceed at your own risk. 
  • Thank You!

Regular Access to The Railway Tunnel is Now CLOSED until APRIL 4, 2020.

Make sure to follow our  FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM account to be the first to know when there are any special openings or events during our off season..... 

Come experience this exciting piece of history; Canada’s First Railway Tunnel which passes ½ a kilometer, from Brockville’s  waterfront, right under the City. New for 2019 is a revised dynamic and colourful light show and new sound track. And improvements continue at the north end gorge area.


The tunnel has been rented for private events on the following dates and times and will NOT be available to the general public:

There are currently NO special events as the tunnel is closed until APRIL 4, 2020.

During our regular season, the tunnel is open our regular 9am-9pm, 7 days a week including holidays. 


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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 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.

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