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West Montrose Covered Bridge

Ontario : Woolwich Township
Location #3864

Location Owner:doom vs
Creation Date: 1/16/2012
Last Updated: 8/2/2015

This entry was a special request from Clay.

Although not abandoned (duh) the bridge is historic, certainly well known and a frequent subject for photographers from far and wide. It is claimed to be the last covered bridge in Ontario.

I've attached a link to the Township of Woolwich which both gives info and what is on the plaque posted next to the bridge. For those that are too lazy to click on the link:

- was designed in 1880 by a John Bear to replace a previous bridge crossing the Grand River.
- was built in 1881 by John and his brother Benjamin.
- is 198 feet (60 meters) long.
- underwent extensive reinforcement and rebuilding in 1937.
- further major repairs in 1999.
- aka the kissing bridge due to it's covered nature and the alleged feelings of intimacy it brings about in the romantically inclined. If you don't mind spiderwebs all over the damned place, I guess it could work.
- the Woolwich site claims an uncovered wooden bridge would have a lifespan of 10-15 years due to the harshness of the elements.

The first shot (taken 2008) is interesting because typically people line up their shot from the banks of the Grand. Being a dedicated person when it comes to getting the pics I want, I waded out into the middle of the river and stood atop a submerged boulder with the water level at my nether regions, wobbling as I snapped. Luckily I didn't fall off but regardless it was a crappy point and shoot I was using at the time. I then went on to Elora gorge to get soaked anyways...

The rest were taken just today, as after Clay made the request I realized most of the shots from 2008 kinda sucked. So I played hookey and made the trip to get it done.

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clay70 says:
1/17/2012 1:11:55 PM


rows says:
1/16/2012 11:20:22 PM

No snow in January??? lucky them!

doom vs says:
1/16/2012 8:38:43 PM

And there's a somewhat covered bike and pedestrian bridge in Guelph. Just not all covered in and whatnot. So kissing is out, I take it.

doom vs says:
1/16/2012 8:28:55 PM

That and for the people in the hood. Light traffic is how they term it. The odd horse and buggy. The middle of the interior smells mildly like a farm, which was actually kind of nice in the middle of January!

rnagle says:
1/16/2012 8:00:50 PM

Good series, the bridge is open to vehiclular traffic, travelling into Montrose on 86 there are signs pointing out the bridge. Basically it's a short detour off 86 and back on again.

timo explorer says:
1/16/2012 7:16:12 PM

Nice pics Doom, appreciate your dedication to getting the right shot. Is this bridge open to vehicular traffic, or just pedestrians?
I know of another covered bridge in Ontario, near Cornwall (and also featured on this site), but it is on private property now.

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