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Thorold, Ontario

Blue Ghost Tunnel

Abandoned for over a century, this chilling train tunnel is now a destination for ghost hunters. 

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This railway tunnel near St. Catharines, Ontario, was built approximately 140 years ago and closed just over a century ago after a double swing bridge for a newer railway was constructed. The now abandoned tunnel runs under what used to be the original Welland Canal for well over 500 feet, decreasing in height as you head east before ending in a silt-filled wetland. 

The structure is stone and timber, the floors are filled with mud, and there is a constant dripping sound inside the tunnel. Although there are claims the tunnel is haunted, the ghostly feeling is probably caused by the eerie dripping sounds and the visible fog of your breath, as the dark deserted tunnel is quite cold even in the heat of summer.

Know Before You Go

The site is about a mile (1.5 km) hike from the road. This tunnel is difficult to see from the abandoned road and there are trails leading to it. Inside, the base is slippery in areas with wet mud and there are constant drips from the water above. The area has been patrolled by a security force for the canal. Some areas are much more restrictive than others and are under watch. If you venture too close to some areas, you will be asked to leave.

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