Halifax’s old, mysterious network of underground tunnels

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Halifax’s old, mysterious network of underground tunnels

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Just when we hear there’s an underground river hidden beneath the streets of downtown Dartmouth, the same week it’s reported that mysterious century-old bundles of clothes have been found in one of Halifax’s oldest and most historic homes — our city does, in fact, continue to surprise us.

Check this out:

Not much is known about it, but there is a secret network of tunnels that runs below the streets of downtown Halifax.

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It’s said that they link the harbour to Citadel Hill, with a known opening in the floorboards of the Halifax Club on Hollis Street.

Caption reads: "Halifax journalist Barbara Hinds is shown exploring the tunnel under Prince Street on September 13, 1976. Photo courtesy: Lee Wamboldt"

Caption reads: “Halifax journalist Barbara Hinds is shown exploring the tunnel under Prince Street on September 13, 1976. Photo courtesy: Lee Wamboldt”

It remains pretty mysterious as to what the tunnels were (or are) used for, or how many of them truly still exist, but many think they served a militaristic purpose.

Take a look at this YouTube video (courtesy of the Halifax Commoner) to get a better idea.

 


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2 Comments

Lisa

November 25, 2014at 1:32 pm

My understanding from my parents who both went to Queen Elizabeth High School,, is that tunnels under the school led to the armories. Back in the 1940’s the tunnels were in case of bombings as an underground exit. When I went to QEH in the 1980’s there was still talk about the tunnels under the school and some kids claimed to have been in them.

    Trevor

    January 8, 2015at 12:51 am

    I was a grade 12 student of QEH in the last year before it was torn down. In the last couple months a number of old rooms that hadn’t been opened in a while started getting broken into. Near the parking lot towards the hospital (and citadel hill) there was a tunnel I went in that seemed to extend over under the parking lot. I didn’t see how far it went, but it was rather small, you had to crouch in it. In the room where you got into the tunnel lots of people had marked their names and years on the walls. Most of the dates on the walls pre-dated the 1970’s, with very few after.

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