A brief history of the Blue Ghost Tunnel
The Blue Ghost Tunnel, or historically The Merritton Tunnel, and sometimes even referred to as the blue mist tunnel as quite often fog is seen escaping to cool tunnel on humid days. The blue ghost tunnel is boasted to be one of the most haunted places in Canada. It is an abandoned train tunnel and was only used for 39 years. Completed in 1876, the tunnel was converted to occasional use in 1887, and closed completely in 1915.
Several grim accidents and events have happened at or near its location which kick started the legend of the century old blue ghost tunnel. A train collision a few hundred feet from the west entrance of the tunnel claimed the lives of two people. Engine Number 4 and Engine Number 975 met in a head on collision they were travelling about 22 mph when the collision occurred. A 17th century Lutheran Church cemetery located several hundred feet from the tunnel was flooded to allow construction of the fourth Welland Canal. Although attempts were made to move the graves an estimated 900 graves still lie beneath the pond today.
There were a total of 107 men were killed during the construction of the tunnel and the canal in its surrounding area all of these events have help build the legend of the blue mist tunnel.
The tunnel was sealed off in the mid 2000’s as officials thought it was in the best interest of public safety. However since them the door has been opened and some of the cement blocks have been knocked out so access is still available. It is located on private property so keep that in mind if you decide to go and explore it, you may be breaking the law.