Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Little Current Swing Bridge, Little Current, Ontario

Little Current Swing Bridge in Little Current, Ontario
Little Current Swing Bridge
Little Current, Ontario
August 6, 2013

My husband and I left our cozy domicile in southwestern Ontario on August 5, 2013 for a six day adventure that would take us up the thumb of Michigan, crossing back over into Canada at Sault Ste. Marie then down to South Baymouth to catch the MS Chi-Cheechmaun ferry that would take us to Tobermory, Ontario.  From there, we would make our way to Cypress Lakes campgrounds in the Bruce Peninsula National Park where we would camp for four days before making our way back home.  This is an absolutely amazing trip to make full of beautiful scenery.

The route was a fairly simple one.  We made our way to I-75 N after crossing into Michigan.  From there we made our way to Sault Ste. Marie onto the Trans Canada then turning down Highway 6 at Espanola to South Baymouth on the southern border of Manitoulin Island.  Manitoulin Island is the world's largest fresh water island.  The Little Current Swing Bridge at Little Current, Ontario is rather impressive!  It is a one lane bridge over the North Channel connecting Manitoulin Island to Goat Island.  The Algoma Eastern Railway began operating trains across the bridge to the community of Little Current in October 1913.  This railway was leased by Canadian Pacific Railway in March 1930 and control of the bridge passed at this time to the CPR.  The bridge was modified to permit road vehicle traffic in addition to rail traffic in 1946.  In the 1980's rail service to Little Current and Manitoulin Island was abandoned by CPR and the tracks were removed in the 1990's.  When under control of CPR the bridge remained in the open position, closed only when a train was going through. The bridge is now under control of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.  It currently stays in the closed position so that road vehicles can use it.  It opens the first fifteen minutes of each daylight hour during the spring, summer and fall to permit marine traffic to pass.  From mid-October to early May when the ferry MS Chi-Cheemaun is not in operation to carry passengers from the Bruce Peninsula, the bridge is the only road link to Manitoulin Island from the mainland.  The Little Current Swing Bridge has been designated an Ontario Heritage site.


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