Saturday, November 18, 2017

Light Show in the Brockville Railway Tunnel

Canada's first railway tunnel ends at the edge of the St Lawrence River and heads north under Brockville's city hall and within the damp confines of the underground is a really cool light show. LED strips along the edges light up the 1722 foot tunnel and they are controlled to put on various displays which are great to watch. It is like watching ghosts approaching in the night, freaky cool.
The tunnel itself was originally built between 1854 and 1860 to connect the Brockville and Ottawa Railway and trains ran until 1970. No tracks remain in the tunnel, only a small section of imprints at the entrance way. A path between two concrete curbs has replaced the twin steel tracks that used to carry the locomotives down to the waterfront.
Water drips in through the cracks and calcium deposits cover sections of the bricks and open cut rock tunnel so be prepared to be dripped on. The light show has several variations. One is a band of bright red light that moves slowly down the tunnel followed by the sounds of a train engine, another is a series of different colours that move up and down the length of the tunnel and one that plays along with music. It's definitely worth the trip to watch the lights.
Brockville is located along Highway 401 west of Kingston and is known as the City of 1000 Islands.

See more photos of the tunnel after the jump.

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