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UER Forum > Canada: Alberta / BC > Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels. (Viewed 1421289 times)
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< Reply # 1980 on 2/29/2008 4:55 AM >
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Well done, JPeterman and Amadeus.




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< Reply # 1981 on 2/29/2008 6:09 AM >
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Great work J.P. and Amadeus. That drain looks like the same vintage and design as The Burrow. Very cool staircase, also it looks like a buried railway track in one of your photos. Probably from the old streetcar line.

Welcome Melicious Cat, you've found some classic dank Victorian basements. Keep looking, especially for bricked over or wood covered arches, wee hidden rooms etc. It's not just about tunnels, coolness and mystery abounds in many forms




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< Reply # 1982 on 3/3/2008 8:22 PM >
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hey how were the acoustics in there?

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Last night I left in search of a tunnel VERY nearby one of the pictures from my previous post. While scoping around the intersection of interest I saw a guy wearing gumboots and checking out spots on the ground who was hovering around the same intersection, kitty-corner to me.

JP "Hey are you looking for something?"
Guy "Ooh um ya I'm investigating tunnels under the city *points to gumboots*
JP "Me too, haha are you on the UER forums?"
Guy "Yeah I'm Amadeus from the site, haven't posted yet just lurking for now"
JP "You have boots on too were you planning on trying to get in aswell?"
Amadeus "Yeah do you have a way in?"
JP "I have a few ideas."

Or something like that....

After searching for hours for a probably entrance we decided we needed to do some more snooping in the archives to find this one, so we set off to check out another unexplored lead. And so ensued an exploration of epic proportions and perils...

After checking out a series of possible entrances we zeroed in on the most likely. It is in a fairly busy spot but we managed to time it perfectly so that there was no cars around when we dropped into what we later named the Cook Street Chasm.

Immediately after dropping in we found ourselves standing atop a steep staircase/waterfall (which is the same style as the ones in the Burrow but far steeper). At the bottom we began to traverse a backbreaker which was rich in character, some of the thickets roots I've ever seen burst out of the brick walls....absolutely amazing. As well, for this first portion the floor is extremely soft, it sucked our boots right in like quicksand. Further on we began to detect an extremely strong odour which smelled like heavy car exhaust, very strange because it is only present in one small portion of the conduit. As we continued on, the ceiling dropped to about 50% of the original height. After crawling in an pushup-stance (as to not get our frontsides wet) under several large intrusive pipes which crossed our path, we decided to turn back. This tunnel yielded awesome aesthetics, and was worth the quads afterwards

The Cook Street Chasm. Bon appetite!

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It was a pleasure Amadeus.






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< Reply # 1983 on 3/3/2008 8:26 PM >
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How were the acoustics in there?




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Somebody answer him....he really wants to know.




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< Reply # 1985 on 3/4/2008 10:22 PM >
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Thank you for the welcome.
Very cool tunnel you found J Peterman and Amadeus, thanks for sharing your photos. =)




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< Reply # 1986 on 3/5/2008 3:28 AM >
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Happy 100TH page Garden City thread!!!




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Happy 100TH page Garden City thread!!!


Woooo. We should get together and crack out a celebratory 2-6 of rum.

Or just go tunneling.

or both.




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How were the acoustics in there?


The acoustics? Did you want to record music in there?

They were pretty adequate for a tunnel, I'd say.




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< Reply # 1989 on 3/7/2008 6:33 PM >
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the sun is coming.




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< Reply # 1990 on 3/7/2008 8:59 PM >
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the sun is coming.


This sounds like some of that fancy Jesus talk.




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YES
, I wonder where Jesus went ,,?
anywase great picks JP , the stairs that lead up to the all places lead into ,
was a great pick ,,
What side of the pentagram where you on ?
I've herd about the opposite one but I'm not too sure ,
all pictures are appreciated as I haven't seen too many on here for a while ,
especially the ones with no print on them ,,
thanks ,





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YES
, I wonder where Jesus went ,,?
anywase great picks JP , the stairs that lead up to the all places lead into ,
was a great pick ,,
What side of the pentagram where you on ?
I've herd about the opposite one but I'm not too sure ,
all pictures are appreciated as I haven't seen too many on here for a while ,
especially the ones with no print on them ,,
thanks ,




2000th post.

What an amazing adventure.






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Thursday night - armed with flashlights, cameras, gumboots, and Tanuki-made tools - I was privileged to join Amadeus, J Peterman, Matthias, and Soren in exploring the conduit. After meeting, we drive to the entrance in the JPmobile and plan the order of entry. I will be second to last and will help JP replace the cover if need be.

At the site, the cover comes off with some difficulty; though I presume it would not come off at all save for Tanuki’s distal contribution. Glow tubes commit suicide off the edge. We climb down, more carefully, many rungs (about three storeys’ worth, I estimate). This, being my virgin conduit experience, I have no idea what to expect. I ask if our talking can be heard above. Experienced faces smile, “No, it’s too far above us.”

We pause to examine what appears to be an old lantern.
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The bulb or filament is hidden and covered by a piece of nearly-opaque white plastic. The lantern, made of what appears to be oxidized copper, is off. But, relatively new electric wiring attaches to it fed from near the entrance above. I wonder where the on switch is.

In single file, we proceed along the conduit.
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I am amazed at how many meters are available for us to walk. Periodically, we see steel bars, like candy canes, reaching down to us from the rock ceiling.
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Perhaps they once held cables, or air hoses, or were used for hanging lanterns or transporting rock.
We come across three cocoons.
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The silken wisps dance to our breathing. I snap pictures with my camera - it’s Ziploc shield temporarily removed. We walk further.

Above us, the bedrock weeps and I am told that the ground water above us leaks through the ceiling.
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I am suddenly nervous at the idea of water being above me and I have images of walking under a lake bed. I know the cavern won’t collapse; it has survived earthquakes for many decades.

We reach an empty bottle - signed by familiar names - and a bank card, whose name has been washed away. Many meters later, we hear water gushing. A downspout waterfall blocks our path. We make our way over the dividing wall to the other half of the conduit. Straddling a two-gumboot-deep stream, we shuffle our way farther.

Up ahead is the first bend in the cavern.
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It is too wide straddle and the water is too deep to wade. I have memories of Goonies and Venice and I wish for fishing waders, or a small inflatable dingy, or a gondola. Without them, this marks the point of return.

We make our way back to the entrance. I am astounded by how much work has gone into this conduit…decades ago - blasting, a decade ago or so - concrete.
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We plan our order of exit. I go second to last - my hand is only stepped on once and I get very little mud in my eyes. The cover slides back on and my heart is racing. The air is fresh as we walk back to the car. We are all muddy and we look like conspicuous fisherman lost in the city.

Not satisfied with our journey cut short, we drive to other locations. The first location proves to be too wet, the second, a dead end right at the entrance. We have one last place, though it is in the most precarious place. Too many windows. Too many lights. Too many passers-by. A taxi drives by. We jump in the bushes. A flashlight has been left on. I cover it with my hand. We try again. Another car, another grass stain. We try further down the road. I notice a police MPV is parked a few blocks away…interior lights are on. I suggest we abandon the night. We all agree.

As we walk back to the JPmobile, another taxi roles by - slowing, laughing at the lost fisherman. I am suddenly very conscience of my pants tucked into my gumboots. I return them over the uppers. Some others do the same. I suggest that we look suspicious enough for a taxi driver to radio the police. We speed up.

Driving back to our original urban meeting place, a police car speeds by towards the ruffled yard foliage we left behind just minutes ago. Lights on. Siren off. No warning. Trying to sneak up on us, like a drop of slime on the ceiling of a cavernous conduit.

The journey was a pleasure and I am honoured to have gone on it.


Thanks guys,
Yoshkow










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i do have fishing waders chest high

yes the sun is coming more .
no. to jesus talk.
yes too break & enter .bert & ernie .




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Yes; it was fun, Yoshkow. Let's do it again sometime




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http://www.canada....bd7afcb558&k=14745
City bids to stop demolition of 2 buildings - The Janion and The Soda Factory.




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http://www.canada....bd7afcb558&k=14745
City bids to stop demolition of 2 buildings - The Janion and The Soda Factory.


Indeed.




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Good one konk. This will be a real test for city council. If they can't or won't go all out to prevent the destruction of those buildings, then they shouldn't be allowed to do anything more than collect parking fines. A job they are really really good at. (Gotta give credit where it's due)

Several communities politicians here are being totally bought by developers. Not just business as usual, but on a massive scale. (They recently used a swat team to chase out a few tree sitters protesting a moronic highway interchange)


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I agree A. Lien. It broke my heart to open up the communist this morning and see that staring at me. I hope something good comes from it. Although Victoria has a tendency to ruin good things.


The winds are changing. I do believe it may be time for a jaunt.




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