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UER Forum > Canada: Alberta / BC > Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels. (Viewed 1370840 times)
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< Reply # 3000 on 4/4/2010 11:56 PM >
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Good on you being able to get into areas others can't. Ever since I was a kid I've been interested in old Victoria. It was a wonderful playground back in the 60's, we hadn't traded our soul for the tourist dollar quite as bad as we have now, mind you it was touristy enough back then, but there were still remnants of industry everywhere you look. I remember going behind the present day dump transfer on wharf st and there sitting at an old dilapidated wharf was the last of the great whaling boats that plied up and down our west coast in search of riches. It still had the harpoon gun attached to the bow deck, but no one cared it was just an old derilict wooden ship. Capitol Iron was still in full swing dismantling ships, the basement and outside yard was chocker block full of old ship parts. I could spend days in that place. Hell, there was still train traffic going up and down Wharf St. The lower parts of Johnson and Pandora St was second hand stores, junk dealers, scrap buyers, you name it. As a kid it was the greatest place in the world, not to mention VMD ship yards in James Bay (where I grew up),Ogden Point, etc.




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< Reply # 3001 on 4/7/2010 10:10 PM >
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sweet deal lots for me to read when i creep this occasionally
very interesting people, you have gotten me addicted to this one thread haha




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< Reply # 3002 on 4/7/2010 10:25 PM >
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Re: My previous entry, I didn't mean to confuse anyone with trains going back and forth on Wharf St. I meant Store St.




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< Reply # 3003 on 4/7/2010 10:48 PM >
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Figured you meant Store St. Also really enjoy hearing about the old days. It's amazing the places we explore when we were young. Head out in the morning and not return till dark - lots of freedom. Grew up in Moose Jaw in the 70's and are favorite playgrounds were old oil refineries and a huge post flood - power station.




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< Reply # 3004 on 4/7/2010 11:58 PM >
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Hey everyone! I came across this forum a couple weeks ago, when I was typing "Victoria underground tunnels", or something to that effect, into Google. I read this entire thread, and I am SO pumped to have found it.

A couple friends and I will be starting to explore as soon as the weather dries up a little bit here, but in the mean time I will post up the only photo I have from one of our adventures last summer. It's from the abandoned mine shaft on Mt. Doug - beautiful night - we lit the whole thing with tea candle lights. My only complaint was the garbage, and next time we go back I think we'll bring a rake and some garbage bags to clean it up a bit.

I also found the entrance to Bowker's Tomb a couple days ago, and as a rookie explorer I am wondering if there are any safety considerations I should employ before we go jumping in there.

Hope to start posting regularly on here within the next couple months! Cheers!

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< Reply # 3005 on 4/9/2010 12:19 AM >
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Figured you meant Store St. Also really enjoy hearing about the old days. It's amazing the places we explore when we were young. Head out in the morning and not return till dark - lots of freedom. Grew up in Moose Jaw in the 70's and are favorite playgrounds were old oil refineries and a huge post flood - power station.
You are so right, my old man worked as a longshoreman at Ogden Point and it was on more then a few ocassions that he dragged my butt home after finding me and a friend on washed up logs or in a salvaged old boat heading out to sea. Couldn't swim a stroke,no life jackets, but for the grace of God, there go I.
Needless to say when the old man brought me home it was upstairs with him right behind me for my weekly beating with the belt. Man was I thick as a kid.
You are right about being gone from dawn till dusk exploring always with an ear cocked for the call home for supper. You never dared missed out on supper or out comes the belt again. lol





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< Reply # 3006 on 4/9/2010 6:54 AM >
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Another one of those seldom seen alley's in Chinatown. That staircase is probably no wider than 12 inches and of course more sealed up doors.


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< Reply # 3007 on 4/10/2010 1:03 AM >
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I like the first pic, there's a hand print in there... kind of creepy. And the door at the top I can see it has tags on it, but is the dark stuff really small writing?? Cool pics though!




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I like the first pic, there's a hand print in there... kind of creepy. And the door at the top I can see it has tags on it, but is the dark stuff really small writing?? Cool pics though!

Yes, the door is completely covered in small print - no idea what it says. If the opportunity arises that I can get back in I'll check it out better.
At one end there was a door open and it was my 2nd trip in that night. With the flash of the camera going off in the alley, it had a tendency to light the area up pretty good and I'd have to say I had visions of someone running out the door with a meat cleaver. So basically I didn't want to push my luck.




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< Reply # 3009 on 4/11/2010 10:13 PM >
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I would love to see what the door has on it, if you get back I want to see more. Maybe take a meat clever with you??




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< Reply # 3010 on 4/12/2010 1:34 AM >
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Yes, the door is completely covered in small print - no idea what it says. If the opportunity arises that I can get back in I'll check it out better.
At one end there was a door open and it was my 2nd trip in that night. With the flash of the camera going off in the alley, it had a tendency to light the area up pretty good and I'd have to say I had visions of someone running out the door with a meat cleaver. So basically I didn't want to push my luck.



Low level light painting, with long exposure camera settings at low ISO is something you may want to try in situations such as these. In a city such as Vic, there is enough ambient light to get a very clear image without the use of any flash, or flashlights.





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Low level light painting, with long exposure camera settings at low ISO is something you may want to try in situations such as these. In a city such as Vic, there is enough ambient light to get a very clear image without the use of any flash, or flashlights.



LOL - Low light painting, long exposure, low ISO ¿¿ You do realize I was raised in SK…….. and now I got to use more than just the auto setting. But seriously thanks for the info, I can see that coming in extremely handy in a lot of situations not having a flash going off. I will go out and doing some experimenting.




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Awesome pics of the tiny stairs. It makes me imagine people running from gamlbing raids and hiding 100 yrs ago! Like SteamPunk said, long exposures are not only less conspicuous sans and flash pictures turn out much better. Tripod = your best friend.




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< Reply # 3013 on 4/13/2010 11:35 PM >
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Ive got one.... handy little things they are...



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"Looks like an old elevator shaft area that has been blocked in with plywood as a storage are, but like you I am always curious as to what's behind the facade."

I never thought of the elevator. It’s definitely under the sidewalk so maybe it was one of those old loading bays. However, when checking the sidewalk above there is what appears to be evidence of something running the length of the block. I live downtown and it has took me three years (without trying to seem obvious) to find out if there is anything in the basement, then to see it and finally be able to explore this room. It’s amazing what a bottle for bribery will get you. I’ve kind of been given the o.k. to pock a little hole-however I’m hoping to convince them to be able to remove some boards.






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Ive got one.... handy little things they are...

Love it, I've been looking at getting that exact one. Is yours the 2 inch or 3 inch screen, the recording model or not and the big question I have - how far beyond the end of the cable can you see (wondering if I need the extensions). If I'm slow at getting one, you'll have to let me know if your on the island again - perhaps I'll be able to set up the opportunity to check that space again. But hopefully by then I will have been able to remove some boards.





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Have always been curious to this space and wondering if anyone has had an opportunity to research/ explore it (don’t recall reading about it – but with 150 pages who can). I’m sure all Vic explores are familiar with this spot. The rock wall is the same wall that follows Wharf St and contains the famous bricked in areas of the old HB buildings. As the picture shows there is a 2nd rock wall behind the exposed one, sidewalk above - basically confirming that there was a passage traveling along Wharf St. Past the gate to the left it’s all boarded up but does have a regular door installed and to the right it continues on however can’t tell how far from outside the gate.


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Have always been curious to this space and wondering if anyone has had an opportunity to research/ explore it (don’t recall reading about it – but with 150 pages who can). I’m sure all Vic explores are familiar with this spot. The rock wall is the same wall that follows Wharf St and contains the famous bricked in areas of the old HB buildings. As the picture shows there is a 2nd rock wall behind the exposed one, sidewalk above - basically confirming that there was a passage traveling along Wharf St. Past the gate to the left it’s all boarded up but does have a regular door installed and to the right it continues on however can’t tell how far from outside the gate.


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Have always been curious to this space and wondering if anyone has had an opportunity to research/ explore it (don’t recall reading about it – but with 150 pages who can). I’m sure all Vic explores are familiar with this spot. The rock wall is the same wall that follows Wharf St and contains the famous bricked in areas of the old HB buildings. As the picture shows there is a 2nd rock wall behind the exposed one, sidewalk above - basically confirming that there was a passage traveling along Wharf St. Past the gate to the left it’s all boarded up but does have a regular door installed and to the right it continues on however can’t tell how far from outside the gate.


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That caged in area is the smoking area for the restaurant above there is a staircase to the right which leads to the back of the kitchen, the left just behind the garbage cans is a door which leads to about another 5ft of the space you see in the archway there is a bc hydrometer and an old oil tank behind a cement casting with some sand in it.

Now if you think of the length of the building, another 5ft added to the space you see, does not extend to the end of the building, well atop of the of the cement casting there is a small hole that allows you to see the other portion of this space, its just as tall as you see behind the gate but with nothing in it it extends to the end of the building.

access to the other side is threw a business in the building,I didn't go in that side as there was nobody working and we didn't want to go in without telling them.

i have some pictures of the other side of the door and threw the hole

please out of respect don't bother asking the businesses or the restaurant to go threw as they dont have the key for the door.

If the gate is open im sure one of the cooks will let you take a peek in that area.

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Interesting
Thanks SD for answering and satisfying my curiosity regarding that space. Definitely won't bother anyone to see it as it sounds like it's been well checked out.




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Interesting
Thanks SD for answering and satisfying my curiosity regarding that space. Definitely won't bother anyone to see it as it sounds like it's been well checked out.


no problem 2dog
been awhile since ive been online as im trying to get work sorted out, im still looking for a trustable person to explore a couple tunnel's/passageways in the downtown area, possibly you 2dog? maybe meet up check out a storm drain first before i tell about tunnels.

theres a few places inside of buildings i would like to check during the day and a couple places for the night


SSIgirl sorry for not making it over yet, i do still plan on coming over,when i have a little bit more funds in the bank.

2dog shoot me a PM or preferably a email if you interested

NijaKlutz and myself do late night exploring from time to time if anyone is interested.

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