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Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 6

Part 6 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal. Look forward to more newspaper clippings, photos and videos from what is now known as, The Blue Ghost Tunnel.

This article is titled “Seaway Considers Sealing Off Tunnel To Stop Trespassing” and appeared in the St. Catharines Standard on September 14, 2005. This was the first article that mentioned the possibility of the tunnel being sealed. More articles on this topic coming soon.

Despite the Blue Ghost Tunnel’s ominous name it is not ancient spirits but young vandals haunting it, prompting the seaway security to request the landmark be sealed.

Kevin Valencourt of Niagara Amateur Ghost Seekers* said, after Creepy Canada portrayed the 1873 tunnel as “700 feet of hell on earth”, the place has become a favourite party spot for teenagers who drink beer, spray graffiti and leave trash all around.

“It’s just sickening to see a piece of history desecrated in such a fashion,” Valencourt said. “One night we were down there, somebody was handing out maps for a party. I’ve seen people dropping their children off there for a couple of hours.”

Bruce Tkachuk, security co-ordinator with the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority, the property’s owner, said, because of the increased trespassing, he has requested the management seal the old tunnel off.

“We experience a large number of people going to the area,” Tkachuk said. “We would like to close it off to restrict people from going there. (But) just because we asked for it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.”

He also said even if the management grants the request, it wouldn’t act on it for another year or so.

Valencourt said his group always requests a waver before going investigate into the tunnel.

However, it is not he case with many other visitors.

Tkachuk said the seaway staff lock the gates at the railway tracks and that there is a supervisor on patrol in the area, but his hands are tied.

“It’s difficult to charge (with trespassing) if the area is not signed,” Tkachuk said. “We put signs up and people take them off.”

The security co-ordinator said the recent Creepy Canada segment created the problems.

Before, even some seaway employees didn’t know about the tunnel, he said.

Valencourt said not only trespassers and vandals, but also myths and inaccuracy haunt the place.

One of the myths is that two engineers were killed after two trains collided inside the tunnel.

In fact, the crash occurred about 100 meters from the tunnel and it was not the engineers, but the firemen who died.

“The other incorrect one is where the cemetery was located”, Valencourt said. “People think it was built above the tunnel. That’s not the case.”

The old burial ground was far from the tunnel and 250 of its graves were moved to the Lakeview Cemetery in 1923, because the land was needed for a pond excess water from the canal.

John Savoie’s book Shadows of Niagara says, during the excavation and reinterment, some corpses were shuffled around and some even went missing.

Many people believe the tunnel’s ghosts come from the old cemetery.

*N.A.G.S. has disbanded.
Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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2 Responses
  1. Kevin Valencourt says:

    Hey,

    Did a google search on my name, so this old article!
    Nice to see.
    I have more articles if you want them.

    FYI NAGS disbanded 1 year to the day after it started.
    2 Members are now part of http://www.theshadowsproject.com

    Cheers
    Kevin Valencourt

  2. Ive been investigating the blue ghost tunnel and the canal wetlands, ive documented my findings on videos. I even have pictures of ecto mist and orbs..

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