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Infiltration Forums > Canada: Alberta / BC > Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.(Viewed 1257357 times)
A. Lien location:
Fantasy Island B.C.
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3900 on 3/18/2018 5:09 AM >
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Thumbs Up. Same here, when posting link I imagined at least 5 foot 6 inch pipe, and somehow finding a way to walk it. Agreed, 1200mm, especially on an unproven project isn't on my bucket list. Years ago saw a Popular Science article where the inspectors drove a tiny electric recumbent contraption through a tunnel about this size. Someone should strap on a Go Pro and reveal the steel! Would be a great documentary video.


Posted by htp123


Thanks!

That's a cool project, but I really wish we got a bit more out of it. I had dreams of being able to cross the harbour on foot, but I'm probably not going to be crawling through a 1200mm underwater sewage main anytime soon.

That's not to say that there's nothing interesting in this project though






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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3901 on 3/19/2018 4:21 PM >
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Posted by A. Lien
Thumbs Up. Same here, when posting link I imagined at least 5 foot 6 inch pipe, and somehow finding a way to walk it. Agreed, 1200mm, especially on an unproven project isn't on my bucket list. Years ago saw a Popular Science article where the inspectors drove a tiny electric recumbent contraption through a tunnel about this size. Someone should strap on a Go Pro and reveal the steel! Would be a great documentary video.



Great idea, if recumbents weren't so expensive... I've taken a skateboard down before, but it was useless. Anyone have one of those little BMX bikes?

Some cool details here: http://timescoloni...harbour-1.23205174

I didn't realize they're digging a proper deep tunnel.



Shazam location:
Victoria BC
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3902 on 3/19/2018 9:48 PM >
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Fascinating stuff. Not entirely related but in the same vein of underground improvements: a few months ago I was walking through Cook Street village and noticed some really noxious fumes as did a bunch of people I spoke to, no one could figure out where they were coming from. Eventually someone called the fire department and when they came to investigate we were told it was a non toxic lining being added to the local sewer system. I guess they pump the stuff down into the pipes and then use steam to seal it into place. Apparently the whole process is "non toxic" but those fumes gave people headaches and definitely smelled like melting fiberglass or spray paint or something like that. Anyway it was kind of interesting to realise the reason we couldn't place where the fumes were coming from was because they were drifting up through the manholes as the hot air made its way through the pipes all through the village. If anyone was down in there at the time I'm certain it would've been end game for them. Anyone know more about this process and what is actually involved?



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<Reply # 3903 on 3/19/2018 11:59 PM >
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Posted by Shazam
Anyone know more about this process and what is actually involved?


CIPP probably.

Older project in Victoria: http://www.canadia...hless-technologies

More recent one in Saanich: https://www.kwl.ca...ood%20Stave-R1.pdf

Finished result: http://www.uer.ca/...rrpage=4&pp#post76


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Shazam location:
Victoria BC
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3904 on 3/20/2018 9:33 AM >
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Cool, the pics from the restoration of the Ross Bay Cemetery drains are really interesting. Apparently there's quite a lot of money to be made by the guys willing to go underground and do this work. Other than claustrophobia or psychological interference seems like it would be a pretty good gig although some of the expressions on their faces might indicate otherwise. The Glory days of Victoria underground exploration seems to have passed what with so many advancements in security technology, old spots filled in by progress, lack of anything new or undetected to discover. These projects are pretty fascinating though. Too bad so many of the old pics on this thread are no longer visible because people's photobucket accounts are dead. Thanks for the links.



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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3905 on 3/20/2018 5:43 PM >
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Ross Bay was actually done with pre-cast liners: https://trenchless...n-channeline-rehab

That other link shows a CIPP project around Cook St, where the liner is basically "pumped" into the drain.

I dunno how widespread claustrophobia is, but I think for "us" it's more the opposite feeling. The only psychological interference I get when going underground is an intense feeling of happiness and peace. I would much rather hang out in a 4ft pipe than in a pub any day.

https://www.youtub...atch?v=G6VGEz69Z1g



Shazam location:
Victoria BC
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3906 on 3/21/2018 7:02 AM >
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Quite cool, all of it. Sounds like Australia would be a great place to check out some underground, I've also heard Las Vegas has some amazing spaces. Alas, my days of underground exploring are probably over unless someone's going to pay me. I had hoped to one day show my kids some of the places I found under Vic but most of those are sealed or filled now. Nevertheless, had a great chat with some workers down on Niagra street today all about that tunnel and the pipe that's going through it. I wonder if the next section will go right under Beacon Hill Park or if they'll dig up Dallas street to get out to Clover point. Either way, it's good to know they won't be disturbing the spot under Cook street to make it. Sometimes after a few pints at the Beagle I'll wander by that entrance way and think-maybe just one more time, but then I yawn and go home and sleep



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Shazam location:
Victoria BC
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3907 on 3/25/2018 8:50 PM >
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Just wondering who constructed the teardrop style drains primarily? Was this a common design of the time? Interesting they they seemed to take such care and craft places almost no one would see. And on another note, has anyone been up to the leech tunnel? It's not yet in use, wonder how feasible access is? Now that could be walkable. One other idea, custom house Reno could be an interesting exploration. Summer is coming, dry underground times? If I can be bothered to stay up late enough.


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KublaKhan location:
Edinburgh, Scotland
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3908 on 4/10/2018 5:37 AM >
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Posted by Shazam
On a similar note, many of these underground routes were used to smuggle liquor while prohibition was in effect. Before the city started to really develop and change many of the underground spaces were more easily accessible. Nowadays, other than drains, most spaces have been segmented, filled in or closed off to access. The early explorers in this thread were brave, well intentioned, smart and successful but also lucky-and yet....20 years late to have been able to venture through all the connected spaces with ease. Nevertheless, the city still holds many secrets. Will the city ever acknowledge these tunnels and open them up? My guess is-not a chance in hell. Happy exploring everyone, stay safe and be cool.


What?



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Shazam location:
Victoria BC
 
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<Reply # 3909 on 4/13/2018 1:34 PM >
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I can't verify that, it was told to me by an old tunnel dweller many moons ago. Anyway we all know the old spaces have pretty much all been closed off or filled in now, not much left to find. Some of the members on this thread have admitted to doing the back filling. Some of the drains are still accessible. Who knows maybe they're making new tunnels as we speak. It would explain those humming sounds people are hearing all the time.



Shazam location:
Victoria BC
 
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<Reply # 3910 on 6/2/2018 4:39 AM >
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Was the Janion built on Indian graves or are they under the parking lot next to it?



EK91 location:
Victoria
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3911 on 6/9/2018 7:41 PM >
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Took some photos yesterday of the demolition on Custom House. I know this is a newer addition in front, anyone know any interesting tidbits about this building? Quite a sight to see right now.





Shazam location:
Victoria BC
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3912 on 6/10/2018 5:21 PM >
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Posted by EK91
Took some photos yesterday of the demolition on Custom House. I know this is a newer addition in front, anyone know any interesting tidbits about this building? Quite a sight to see right now.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88/Evan-500/1.jpg


First day they tore down the walls there was a safe visible, big abd black abd old, identical to the one that was at the janion. It sure got removed in a hurry. Wonder what was in it?



Artemis location:
Victoria, B.C, Canada
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3913 on 6/22/2018 2:50 AM >
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Posted by EK91
Took some photos yesterday of the demolition on Custom House. I know this is a newer addition in front, anyone know any interesting tidbits about this building? Quite a sight to see right now.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88/Evan-500/1.jpg


How depressing eh? another beautiful building of our heritage & culture are now for the history book only to remember for the younger youth

I'm seeing this now all the time in our quickly changing city, especially with this constant obsession with Bike lanes!

- Artemis


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KublaKhan location:
Edinburgh, Scotland
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3914 on 7/5/2018 6:51 AM >
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Looks like a fucking war zone.



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Shazam location:
Victoria BC
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3915 on 7/8/2018 1:08 AM >
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Posted by Tanuki


I think that the cistern and stormdrain must have existed at the same time. The stormdrain there looks like the original stormdrain system, and the stormdrain system would have been needed when the cistern was there, it was a street then and they needed to drain the lakes and marshes somehow. And I see no reason that they would have wanted to bury the cistern 2 stories deep just to avoid the stormdrain. Leading me to the conclusion that he got the position wrong in the book. It may have since been removed, but regardless, it was never where he places it in the book.

I think you're right that it's closer to the water. On the other side of the old street (which has shifted somewhat to its current location).


You can now see the vault and the cistern on vicmaps. The only things not on there are the abandoned sewer (tomb) of the rat, electrical utility tunnels and the coal chutes.



CanadianMetalFan location:
BC
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3916 on 9/20/2018 9:30 AM >
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Hello, this is my first post here after a lot of reading and researching. I was in my first tunnel a few days ago, while this is nothing new to the venerable members on this thread it was an adrenaline rush for me and left me feeling pretty pumped. I was trying to get to the Hall of Wonders via another tunnel, but the other entrance of the tunnel I was in is blocked off with a large metal grate. After this tunnel, the Hall of Wonders is next! A few pictures:
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Until next time,
CMF



KublaKhan location:
Edinburgh, Scotland
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3917 on 9/21/2018 9:03 PM >
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Posted by CanadianMetalFan
Hello, this is my first post here after a lot of reading and researching.


Welcome. Nice pics.

Always fun and interesting, but keep in mind that there's going to be a lot of water (Trump says it will be very wet water, so be extra cautious) over the next few months, and it can move pretty fast (Bigly, he says). So be prepared, and be safe.

KK




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CanadianMetalFan location:
BC
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3918 on 9/22/2018 2:45 AM >
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Thanks for the kind words Kubla, read about many of your adventures on this forum over the years, so an honour to get feedback from you!
There was already a lot of water in there which was surprisingly wet! Haha Nothing me and my chest waders couldn't handle though. I went by myself which I know isn't good tradecraft, but I was grateful for the time alone. I understand you live in Scotland now, but if you're in town drop me a line it would be an honour to have a few pints with you.
Looking forward to more adventures!

Until next time,
CMF



skythekidRST location:
Chilliwack, BC
 
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Re: Under the Garden City: Victoria B.C. secret tunnels.
<Reply # 3919 on 10/18/2018 5:29 PM >
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How do you guys find stuff like this all that i find are small concert tunnels.

1.Had to get wet.


2. More close to the entrance.


3. looking back.


4. The End (didn't want to crawl through the cold wet water to go farther).

All the pics are from Feb and it was my first tunnel

I live in Chilliwack and some help would mean a lot to me since i don't know the place, pm me for any info for tunnels/drains around the place if you want. (Come with me if you want to)


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