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This article is about the location. For the Half-Life 2 chapters, see Route Kanal or Water Hazard.

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Canals
General information
Location
Usage
Era(s)

Combine occupation

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Designer(s)
"Get out of City 17 as fast as you can, Gordon! Take the old canals, right? They'll get you to Eli's lab. It's a dangerous route, but there's a whole network of refugees and they'll help you if they can."
Barney Calhoun[src][listen]

The Canals are a network of rivers and drainage tunnels, located in City 17 and the Wasteland. After the Combine occupation, they began serving as an escape route for refugees trying to leave City 17 on foot.

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[edit] Overview

[edit] Features

The canals near and in City 17, connecting the urban center to a river system and dam where its water supply is pumped,[6] appear to be heavily used as drainage, and have a very large network of sewers and waste tunnels. Because of the Combine's invasion and subsequent drainage of Earth's resources, the canals near the city have almost all emptied out, with the riverbed and a large amount of waste remaining. The network is infested with Xen wildlife, and constantly shelled by the Combine.

Outside City 17, the tunnels and sewers give way to rivers and waterways, which are used for transportation rather than drainage and waste disposal, as shown by the many shipwrecks along the larger tunnels. The water levels, however, are low, and following the Combine invasion, a large portion of the canals in both the City and outside have become flooded with toxic waste or other hazardous materials.

Civil Protection units frequently patrol the Canals for the Resistance activity, and are tasked with maintaining the many Combine buildings and outposts located along the rivers.

[edit] Resistance presence

Main article: Underground Railroad

The Resistance established an organised system of stations, living areas and bases, using the many tunnels and drainage areas both in the canals inside and outside the City, for refugees hoping to escape Combine oppression. Through the use of radios and hidden bases containing supplies and living quarters, humans and Vortigaunts formed a fairly strong foothold in the canal areas.

[edit] Major locations

[edit] Captioned map

Map Captions
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Partial in-game map of the Canals, rather close to the in-game layout, with notable points added in visit order. Found in the Resistance point where the Airboat gun is provided, it includes only the section between that particular point and Black Mesa East.

0. General zone including the falling chimneys; doesn't match the game
1. Springboard puzzle
2. Resistance point where the Airboat gun is provided
3. CP ambush
4. CP tunnel attack
5. APC attack
6. Small abandoned Resistance settlement
7. Explosive barrel-throwing CPs
8. APC attacks
9. Tunnel turned into a straight line in-game
10. Hunter-Chopper showdown lake
11. Helipad and CP station
12. All-Knowing Vortigaunt
13. Dam
14. Black Mesa East

[edit] Station 1

Main article: Station 1

The first underground railroad base encountered by Gordon Freeman during his trek through the sewers. It was raided by Civil Protection shortly before Gordon's arrival, and the rebels stationing there were executed.

[edit] Station 6

Main article: Station 6

An underground railroad base located at the end of the canals, just outside City 17. It housed the Airboat that Gordon Freeman used to travel to Black Mesa East. The station is shelled soon after Gordon's arrival, with all of the rebels stationed there having been killed or turned into Zombies.

[edit] Station 7

Main article: Station 7

A Resistance Underground Railroad station located at the end of the Wasteland part of the Canals leading out of City 17. Located on a bank of the Canals, Station 7 was used by the Resistance as a refugee aid station before the destruction of City 17.

[edit] APC garage

Main article: APC garage

A Combine garage located in the Wasteland section of the Canals, used for the maintenance of Armored Personnel Carriers. It is visited by Gordon Freeman during his journey to Black Mesa East.

[edit] Gate 5

Main article: Gate 5

A Combine outpost located in the Canals. It is visited by Gordon Freeman during his journey to Black Mesa East.

[edit] Boathouse

The Boathouse[7] is a minor outpost located before the springboard puzzle. It features a Health Charger, a Suit Charger, two Supply Crates, and an Airboat lift.

[edit] Black Mesa East

Main article: Black Mesa East

A Resistance base located at the Wasteland end of the Canals outside of City 17, opposite to a dam, its generating station and its reservoir, and right next to the abandoned mining town of Ravenholm. Black Mesa East is where Doctor Eli Vance, Doctor Judith Mossman, Alyx Vance, and many other Resistance members, including several Vortigaunts, used to live before its destruction.

[edit] Appearances

[edit] Half-Life 2

With the arrival of Gordon Freeman, Civil Protection was fully aware of the presence of Resistance refugee stations, and were conducting raids on them. Eventually all the bases were either found and destroyed, or were closed down and abandoned. Freeman did however destroy almost all of the Civil Protection's outposts on his way to Black Mesa East.

[edit] Related Achievements

Half-Life 2
Hl2 get airboat.png Anchor's Aweigh! (5G)
Get the Airboat.
Hl2 get airboatgun.png Heavy Weapons (5G)
Get the Airboat's mounted gun.
Hl2 kill chopper.png Revenge! (10G)
Destroy the Hunter-Chopper.
Hl2 find vortigauntcave.png Vorticough (13G)
Discover the hidden singing Vortigaunt cave in chapter Water Hazard.
Half-Life 2 (cut)
Hl2 float withairboat.png Catching Air
Float five seconds in the air with the Airboat.

[edit] Behind the scenes

  • The Canals were originally to feature Bullsquids, cut from the final release.[4][8]
  • The levels were also to be much longer and allow the player a deeper view of the Wasteland part of the Canals.[4]

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[edit] Pre-release

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[edit] List of appearances

[edit] See also

[edit] References

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Preceded by
City 17
Half-Life 2 story arc journey Succeeded by
The Wasteland
Preceded by
City 17
Half-Life 2 original storyline Succeeded by
The Wasteland
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