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UER Forum > Canada: Alberta / BC > Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels. (Viewed 1346048 times)
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< Reply # 400 on 12/22/2005 11:36 PM >
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< Reply # 401 on 12/24/2005 11:41 PM >
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Tonight is Christmas Eve....I think, anyways anyone up for exploring Victoria tonight, PM me. Its perfect, barely anyone will around tonight. So its tight for popping some manholes/exploring. Come on




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< Reply # 402 on 12/27/2005 6:05 PM >
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Im interested of going down ther soon, will u be able to go exploring almost every day or other day?

have you seen any weird or cool tunnels?





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< Reply # 403 on 12/27/2005 8:15 PM >
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< Reply # 404 on 12/27/2005 8:57 PM >
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< Reply # 405 on 1/3/2006 2:36 AM >
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Does anyone know anything about these bricked up windows/entrances at the Empress? It looks like new-ish cinderblock or concrete blocking them off.




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< Reply # 406 on 1/3/2006 7:31 PM >
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Hello, this is my first post. I'm interested in Victoria's history, its underground and its abandoned buildings and I might have some exciting oportunities soon.
I own a business on Johnson Street with a basement. At the far end of the basement is a door leading under the street. The building is from 1892 and, like the Empress Hotel picture above, this room has a bricked off doorway at the back of it that I've been seriously considering bashing through. It may not take me into a tunnel per se, but at least it will be an adventure.
Has anyone been into the parkade on Broad Street? It's the one that now has an electric gate (across from the television station)? Ten years ago, when my curiosity was at a high, I wandered through the parkade and out the back, where it doubled back underneath itself to a sub basement parkade with the most amazing series of arches leading directly under Broad Street. The arches, like these mysterious doors, were boarded off from the other side. My memery isn't too great as to whether they were bricked off or boarded, but they were big enough arches for, say, horses and carriages to fit through.
I have lots more to talk about if anybody cares. I hate being new to boards when I'm uninvited, but shall I go on?



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< Reply # 407 on 1/3/2006 7:52 PM >
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Posted by The Thing On The Doorstep
Hello, this is my first post. I'm interested in Victoria's history, its underground and its abandoned buildings and I might have some exciting oportunities soon.
I own a business on Johnson Street with a basement. At the far end of the basement is a door leading under the street. The building is from 1892 and, like the Empress Hotel picture above, this room has a bricked off doorway at the back of it that I've been seriously considering bashing through. It may not take me into a tunnel per se, but at least it will be an adventure.


Hi Thing, well normally I would cringe with one more new person joining this thread. However, you could actually bring some closure to this argument of whether or not Satanist are running buck wild behind that bricked up wall of yours. Good luck and I'm sure that there are a fair number of B.C. U.E.r's who would love to be there when it comes down. I hope you stick around and update us with pics and stories.




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< Reply # 408 on 1/3/2006 8:24 PM >
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Will do. I'll take some "before" photos today and post them later. Oh, and no, I don't think there are any Satanists to worry about underground. If my thoughts are anything to go by, they all have been here long enough to have afforded nice houses and properties by now.
I'll keep you all updated as to my digging. It's an interesting idea, posting thoughts here, as I'm so used to doing all this research on my own. There's nothing quite like the thrill of uncovering the unknown. Does anyone know about the bench seat at Blenz? I'm sure you all do. I'm new here. Forgive me.




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< Reply # 409 on 1/3/2006 8:36 PM >
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I do not know about the bench seat at Blenz, Do tell. N.




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There's a coffee shop at the corner of Johnson and Douglas in Victoria that is famous for many reasons. Firstly, at this corner was the very first traffic light in BC. Secondly, it's the oldest building on the block and can been seen in photos dating back to at least the 1880's. Thirdly, and most impressively, is that it stands on the location of Victoria's first grave yard. All of the original settlers were buried here when Johnson Street was still a ravine. The bodies were getting exhumed out of the sides of this ravine by wild pigs after a while, so they were hauled away in carts to the next cemetary (Quadra Street).
Blenz Coffee shop has two bench seats. One of them can be lifted up (by all means ask for permission) and under the padded seat is a five or six foot drop into the dirt. It's creepy and exciting to peer into it. The building has no basement, but you could theoretically crawl down through this hole and sift through all the ancient rubble you want. I cringe when I see people drinking their coffee, oblivious to the fact that a skeleton could stand up underneath them and they wouldn't know until it was too late. (Too many Scooby Doo episodes, I'm sure).
Anyways, that's the bench seat at Blenz.




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Holy crap, really? that is most cool, thank you. N. Oh ,and welcome!




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I sure thought it was cool. Oh, and I read earlier posts from people discussing the building in Chinatown that has recently been half torn down. I'd like to add my thoughts to this topic.
Last January I met a fellow who said he could get me inside it, so I took him up on the offer immediately. I didn't have steel-toed boots or a flashlight, but I went with him and his torch. We crawled up a rickety ladder to a fence bordering the parking lot (now a construction site) and we made it onto the roof from there. I remember almost slipping thirty feet to my death. It was five PM, rainy and dark. At the top of the slanted roof, there were some windows we got into and down a lattice of two-by-fours into the disgusting, wet and rotting, once-burned out ruins of this 19th Century Chinese tenement. Squatters had surely been there many times, but needles weren't a concern. I remember the graphitti " Welcome to our Hell" written on the wall. There was a moment when I thought I was being lead into a trap by this guy, but curiosity got the best of me.
We crawled through a dark wooden tunnel that an average adult male would have been wedged into. I'm pretty skinny, so I managed to squeeze through the four or five feet without getting too claustraphobic. Anyways, the tunnel came out through the cupboard under a sink in a kitchen! The room was nice and livable (compared to where we just came from) and is interesting because it helps solidify the stories about the Chinatown escape routes and such that I've heard about.
The building is now mostly destroyed (except for the front facade on Cormorant (Pandora) and from what I've heard, a former Vancouver Canuck owns the property (and the vacant lot beside it). Something called "Bamboo" is being built there maybe? A condo?
An interesting note is that in 1913 a famed American barnstormer and aviation pioneer named John Milton Bryan crashed his airplane into the building that once occupied the vacant lot. He became the first airplane fatality in Canadian history.




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This all sounds really intriguing and I am so glad to see this tired thread infused with some reality. I for one am really looking forward to seeing your pictures both before and after. Also if you find a blinking albino satanist on the other side be sure to say hi from Mavrix, oh hell and from me too. Good luck.




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since I'm positive we won't have a decent table, but we do,
and relief washes over me in an awesome wave. Patrick Bateman
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Yes that does sound intriguing, really neat, and this was an escape tunnel of some kind, interesting. N.




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Hello, this is my first post. I'm interested in Victoria's history, its underground and its abandoned buildings and I might have some exciting oportunities soon.
I own a business on Johnson Street with a basement. At the far end of the basement is a door leading under the street. The building is from 1892 and, like the Empress Hotel picture above, this room has a bricked off doorway at the back of it that I've been seriously considering bashing through. It may not take me into a tunnel per se, but at least it will be an adventure.
Has anyone been into the parkade on Broad Street? It's the one that now has an electric gate (across from the television station)? Ten years ago, when my curiosity was at a high, I wandered through the parkade and out the back, where it doubled back underneath itself to a sub basement parkade with the most amazing series of arches leading directly under Broad Street. The arches, like these mysterious doors, were boarded off from the other side. My memery isn't too great as to whether they were bricked off or boarded, but they were big enough arches for, say, horses and carriages to fit through.
I have lots more to talk about if anybody cares. I hate being new to boards when I'm uninvited, but shall I go on?


I'm interested.




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I'd heard about the coffee shop bench. I might have mentioned it somewhere in this thread.

That cemetary marked the limits of Downtown Victoria, and when the city decided to expand it was decided that the bodies buried in that location would have to be moved. I've heard that there were a few mostly potters graves that were left as is, and things were built up over them. Could be true...could be false. but be sure that there was once a graveyard under that coffee place.

In other news, I recently spoke with another tunnel dweller (alleged) who claimed to have been through a series of covered paths that went from Broad St. up to Douglas. Apparently, these were original footpaths (the equivaliant of a sidewalk) and were lost when the street level was raised. They are covered now with 4x4 beams covered with what he said was plywood. The sidewalk that we use today is about six inches above that.

Or something like that.

Anyway, his story corresponds with the old tunnel from the Bay Center. It's been closed off for years.

Also, there was a tunnel that ran from the Union Club up to what is now the Strathcona Hotel, which used to be a bordello. This tunnel was destroyed/filled in. Three people have confirmed this story, and their credentials are unimpeachable.

There's a coal shute near Steamers Pub that apparently runs from Government St. straight down to Warf St. This tunnel connects every building on that street through a series of small, narrow openings in each basement. Most of these openings were sealed off years ago by the city. One or two building owners have re-opened them, only to discover that the main tunnel is in disrepair and is considered very dangerous. One building owner told me he has heard people talking and stomping around inside this tunnel on many occasions. He can hear them through the barrier that's been set up between his basement and the coal shute.

Thing, can you corroborate this?




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Me too. I have a *bad news* update for ya'll. I had a quick walk around downtown today.

The mysterious cavity under the bench is no more. Or it could just be underneath a second level of plywood covering - (this is more likely). The hawty up front was in the depth of a conversation with a young stud business man. So your Peterboy here had plenty of time to take a quick peek.

Heres the goods.










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Wow! You took a photo under the bench! It was about six months ago that I saw right down into the dirt. I can't tell which bench you lifted, but the one I looked into was the one that would have your back to the till if you were to sit on it. If that's the one you lifted and it's covered over, then I'm sorry to have mislead you.
I swear it was open last I looked.
As for the street level change, I trust all that is true closer to the water, but where I'm located, it seems to have been the same since at least the late 1870's. My store is on the same block as Blenz. The basement is awesome. What do any of you know about the Morse code on the corners of Broad Street? I'm sure it's common knowledge now, but I'd love to hear more. I know that each intersection on the "new" Broad Street has little patches of code, when transalted using the Morse system, spells out a very confusing poem about such things as gardening and death.
Oh, and J. Peterman, I see now that you lifted both benches. Bah! I wanted to crawl down there!




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Im, wondering if this corridor in downtown victoria leads to the tunnels , lots of odd shaped doors ,with big keyholes at the end of it ,and it was starting to get dark out ,,
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