Canada’s First Railway Tunnel


Restored in 2017, the 158 year old tunnel extends 1/2 kilometre under the City of Brockville.

As one of Canada’s oldest municipalities, Brockville also is one of its oldest railway centres. In 1855, the Grand Trunk Railway connected Brockville and Montreal & Canada’s First Railway Tunnel was built between 1854 and 1860. Brockville's tunnel was finished 21 years before the start of Canadian Pacific Railway construction & predates all of the rail tunnels in the Western Rockies. It was a major feat of engineering and remains an exceptional example of the country’s pre-Confederation industrial heritage.

Restoration includes: masonry, a concrete pathway, and a sound system as well as a dazzling LED multi-coloured light show highlighting the tunnel’s architecture and the colourful (& sometimes spooky) mineral deposits on the walls. Visitors can tour the tunnel from one end to the other.

  • Hours of Operation : For 2018 re-opens March 31st; then 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily
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  • Wheelchair Accessible : Yes

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