2022 Update: Although it had appeared this bridge was at risk for demolition and replacement, as of 2022 this bridge has been rehabilitated with a spring opening expected! This is great news and welcome change from other canal bridges in Ontario that have ended up being replaced. An interesting aspect of construction is that the existing steel deck is being replaced with a new wooden deck. A wooden deck is in keeping with the original heritage structure, and will also facilitate the community’s ability to host parades featuring livestock. Its a rare example of what historians call a "reversible alteration" to a heritage structure actually being reversed to the historically correct design.
Many Parks Canada heritage movable bridges over canals in Ontario have sadly been demolished and replaced, sometimes with modern bolted/welded structures that do not match the original riveted construction of the heritage bridges. Replacement is NOT preservation, and Parks Canada deserves to be thanked for doing this bridge the RIGHT way, through a genuine rehabilitation that allows this bridge to continue to contribute to Ontario's transportation heritage.
This bridge is a good example of a plate girder swing bridge. It is located on a historic canal system that in this area remains highly active with recreational boats, for which this bridge does open for. The bridge is a short distance from locks, and the area appears to be a popular local tourist destination. The bridge and locks (both having heritage value) together create a nice place to see canal heritage in operation today.
Above: 1917 Advertisement.
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