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{{Location Infobox
|image=FileCanals composite.jpg|250px
|image2=FileCanalmap sheet.png|250px
|location=*The Wasteland
*City 17 (partially)
|era=Combine occupation of Earth|Combine occupation
*d1_canals_01 to
d1_canals_13 |designer=*Viktor Antonov (appearance) *Dhabih Eng (appearance) *Tri Nguyen (appearance)''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' *Eric Kirchmer (appearance)http// Eric Kirchmer's Blogger profile *Damarcus Holbrook (appearance)http// DamarcusWorks *Aaron Barber (level design) *Dario Casali (level design) *Steve Bond (level design) *Tom Leonard (level design) *John Guthrie (level design)http// The Final Hours of ''Half-Life 2'' *Dave Riller (level design) |hidei= |hideu= |hideg= }} {{Quote|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|Half-Life 2|FileBa oldcanals.ogg}} 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. ==Overview== ===Features=== The canals near and in City 17, connecting the urban center to a river system and dam where its water supply is pumped,''Half-Life 2 Prima Guide'' 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 Headcrab Shell|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. ===Resistance presence=== {{main|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. ==Major locations== ===Captioned map=== {| class="wikitable" style="margin 1em auto 1em auto; text-alignleft;" |+ ! scope="col" | Map ! scope="col" | Captions |- valign="top" | FileCanalmap sheet numbered.png|center|350px|| 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 |- |} ===Station 1=== {{Main|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. Filed1_canals_01a0001.jpg|Station 1 from the outside. FileStation_1_inside.jpg|Station 1 on the inside. Filed1_canals_01a0006.jpg|View from the roof. FileCP Emplacement Gun Station 1.jpg|A Metrocop killing Rebels with an Emplacement Gun. FileStation 1 massacre.jpg|The Station 1 massacre. ===Station 6=== {{Main|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. FileStation 6 view.jpg|Station 6 from the outside, after a Headcrab Shell bombardment. FileD1 canals_05000011.jpg|Station 6 being shelled. FileArlene tank.jpg|Arlene filled up the tank of the Airboat. ===Station 7=== {{Main|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. FileBackground chopper canals.jpg|Hunter-Chopper passing by Station 7. FileStation 7.jpg|Station 7. ===APC garage=== {{Main|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. FileApc garage.jpg|The APC garage. FileD1 canals 070018.jpg|The turbine room being guarded by Metrocops. FileD1 canals 070020.jpg|The floodgate after being destroyed, with the alarm ringing. FileD1 canals 070021.jpg|A Dropship flying over the broken floodgate at the APC garage. ===Gate 5=== {{Main|Gate 5}} A Combine outpost located in the Canals. It is visited by Gordon Freeman during his journey to Black Mesa East. File2012-02-12 00001.jpg|Gate 5 seen from above. FileHl2 2012-02-14 18-37-30-02.jpg|The floodgate, being closed by the Combine as Gordon Freeman arrives. FileHl2 2012-02-14 19-06-42-23.jpg|A tunnel following the gate. FileHl2 2012-02-14 19-07-44-56.jpg|Stopped freight train on tracks behind Gate 5. ===Boathouse=== The Boathouse''Half-Life 2'' game files is a minor outpost located before the springboard puzzle. It features a Charger Chargers|Health Charger, a Charger Chargers|Suit Charger, two Supply Crates, and an Airboat lift. FileBoathouse.jpg|The Boathouse from afar. FileBoathouse2.jpg|A closer view of the Boathouse. FileBoathouse3.jpg|The Airboat lift. ===Black Mesa East=== {{Main|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. FileG-Man Canals dam.jpg|The G-Man near the dam before Black Mesa East. FileD1 eli 010007.jpg|The dam before Black Mesa East. FileD1 eli 010006.jpg|The generating station facing Black Mesa East. FileBlack Mesa East front.jpg|The generating station concealing Black Mesa East. ==Appearances== ===''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. ==Related Achievements== {|class=wikitable style="vertical-aligncenter;" width=50% |- !colspan="2" style="text-alignleft"|''The Orange Box Achievements 2|Half-Life 2'' |- |rowspan=2 width=64px|FileHl2 get airboat.png !style="text-alignleft"|Anchor's Aweigh! (5G) |- |''Get the Airboat.'' |- |rowspan=2 width=64px|FileHl2 get airboatgun.png !style="text-alignleft"|Heavy Weapons (5G) |- |''Get the Airboat's mounted gun.'' |- |rowspan=2 width=64px|FileHl2 kill chopper.png !style="text-alignleft"|Revenge! (10G) |- |''Destroy the Hunter-Chopper.'' |- |rowspan=2 width=64px|FileHl2 find vortigauntcave.png !style="text-alignleft"|Vorticough (13G) |- |''Discover the hidden singing Vortigaunt cave in chapter Water Hazard.'' |- !colspan="2" style="text-alignleft"|''The Orange Box Achievements 2|Half-Life 2'' (cut) |- |rowspan=2 width=64px|FileHl2 float withairboat.png !style="text-alignleft"|Catching Air |- |''Float five seconds in the air with the Airboat.'' |- |} ==Behind the scenes== *The Canals were originally to feature Bullsquids, cut from the final release.WC mappackDevelopment of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak *The levels were also to be much longer and allow the player a deeper view of the Wasteland part of the Canals.WC mappack ==Gallery== ===Pre-release=== FileCanals building.jpg|A Building near the Canals. FileCanals industrial.jpg|An industrial part of the Canals. FileCanal bridge cracks.jpg|A bridge and various cracks in the ground. FileCanals garbage.jpg|Garbage filling the Canals. FileCanals yellow.jpg|Radioactive waste. File420804qmaelp.jpg|A collapsing concrete pillar. File420799dca6in.jpg|A damaged plumbing. File4208076yhicj.jpg|Ruined apartment buildings overlooking the Canals. FileCanals bridge1.jpg|Razor Train passing on a bridge above the Canals. FileCanals bridge2.jpg|Bridge above the Canals. FileCanals bridges.jpg|Bridges above the Canals. FileBullsquids canals.jpg|Bullsquids in the Canals. FileC17 outside0003.jpg|The City 17 outer wall seen from the Wasteland part of the Canals. FileC17 outside0002.jpg|The Wasteland part of the Canals. FileC17 outside0004.jpg|Ditto. FileC17 outside0005.jpg|Ditto. FileC17 outside0006.jpg|Ditto. FileC17 outside0009.jpg|Ditto. FileC17 outside0010.jpg|Ditto. FileC17 outside0011.jpg|Ditto. FileC17 outside0012.jpg|Ditto. FileCanals 02 11 overpass.jpg|An overpass in the map "canals_02_11". FileCanals 02 11 citizens.jpg|Homeless citizens under the bridge in the same map. FileCanals 02 11 bridge.jpg|A road bridge in the Canals. FileCity canal01.jpg|An early City 17 street with a canal in the middle. FileCity canal02.jpg|Ditto. FileCity canal03.jpg|Ditto. FileWindmills bridge leak.jpg|A bridge with rotating windmills placed on it in an early prefab canal map. FileWindmills bridge leak2.jpg|Ditto. FileD1 canals 02 heli.jpg|The original Hunter-Chopper in the Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak canals. FileD1 under 02 maintenance.jpg|One of the numerous chambers in the Development of Half-Life 2 game|''Half-Life 2'' leak canals. FilePrefab canals1.jpg|Swampy area in the map "prefab_canals". ===Retail=== FileCanalmap sheet.png|In-game map of the south section of the Canals. FilePolice brutality.jpg|The player's first close encounter with some Civil Protection officers beating Citizens. FileHalfLife2 City17 Railway&Canal.jpg|Razor Train passing by a canal and residential apartments. FileCanals 02 barnacle.jpg|Barnacle lying in wait for its prey near a Medkit. FileResistance tunnel.jpg|Resistance-occupied tunnel. FileD1 canals chopper.jpg|Hunter-Chopper aiming at the player. FileCanals toxic citadel shell.jpg|Canal area containing hazardous materials and Headcrab Shells. FileD1 canals 060005.jpg|Metrocops in the Canals. FileD1 canals 06000032.jpg|Dark canal. FileLambdaCacheCanals.jpg|Lambda supply cache. FileCanals D7.jpg|Inside a tunnel in the healthy part. FileHl2 2012-02-14 20-22-49-66.jpg|Ditto. FileHl2 2012-02-14 20-17-58-97.jpg|Ditto. FileHl2 2012-02-14 20-19-05-74.jpg|Ditto. FileHl2 2012-02-14 20-19-32-32.jpg|Ditto. A Resistance weapons cache location signified by the logo can be seen on a wall. FileHl2 2012-02-14 19-20-30-22.jpg|A toxic waste-filled tunnel. FileHl2 2012-02-14 19-08-48-74.jpg|Ditto. FileHl2 2012-02-14 19-07-55-11.jpg|An industrial area in the Canals. FileRebel bridge puzzle1.jpg|A Resistance bridge puzzle needed to be solved to proceed with the Airboat. FileRebel bridge puzzle2.jpg|Ditto. FileRebel bridge puzzle3.jpg|Ditto. FileG-Man canals ledge.jpg|G-Man spotted on a bridge in the Canals. ==List of appearances== *https// ''Half-Life 2'' - E3 2004 Teaser Trailer {{1st}} {{Nc}} *https// ''Half-Life 2'' - E3 2004 Trailer {{Nc}} *''Half-Life 2'' *''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' *''Half-Life 2 Deathmatch'' {{Nc}} ==See also== *Half-Life 2 original storyline / Canals|''Half-Life 2'' original storyline / Canals *Half-Life 2 original storyline Wild - The Wasteland - The Scrapland|''Half-Life 2'' original storyline Wild - The Wasteland - The Scrapland ==References== {{Imagecat|Canals images}} {{Reflist}} ==External links== *http// "c17_outside", a fixed map of the leak Canals (based on "canals_01_15"; requires ''Episode Two'') {{succession |title=''Half-Life 2'' story arc journey |before=City 17 |after=The Wasteland }} {{succession |title=Half-Life 2 original storyline|''Half-Life 2'' original storyline |before=City 17 |after=The Wasteland }} {{Locations}} CategoryCity 17 locations CategoryThe Wasteland locations CategoryHalf-Life 2 CategoryCanals locations CategoryLocations CategoryViktor Antonov designs CategoryDhabih Eng designs CategoryTri Nguyen designs