Brockville – The renovated Brockville Railway Tunnel opened August 12, 2017, enabling residents and visitors to tour the tunnel end-to-end. That weekend over 25,000 visitors toured the tunnel.
This interesting historical site, with its colourful mineral deposits, highlighted by a dynamic LED lighting system continued to draw large numbers until closing for the winter.
Now excitement is building as preparations are being made to re-open the tunnel for the 2018 season. Following are details of the planned opening event:
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018 (Easter weekend)
Location: South portal of the tunnel in Armagh S. Price Park
Time: Official opening at 11:00 AM
Live band at tunnel starting at 10:30 AM
Dignitary remarks (MP Gord Brown, MPP Steve Clark, Mayor David Henderson, councilor David LeSueur)
1000 Islanders Chorus sing in tunnel acapella
DBIA Easter egg hunt ($25 certificates in two eggs)
Food truck with coffee and hot chocolate
All donors invited
Aquatarium Otter mascot attending
Tunnel committee booth and merchandise
Photographer shooting event
New tunnel light and sound show
Sponsors: O’Farrell Financial; Allstate Insurance
The tunnel doors will open Saturday after the 11:00 AM official re-opening and will stay open until 9:00 PM. The tunnel will be open 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday and Monday of Easter weekend and daily each day thereafter.
Canada’s First Railway Tunnel was completed in 1860 for the Brockville and Ottawa Railway and later owned and operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway until being acquired by the City of Brockville in 1983. Brockville’s tunnel is a remarkable example of Canadian pre-confederation industrial heritage that has now been restored and repurposed for recreation, tourism and economic development.