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Quesnel’s Old Fraser River Bridge

At 831 feet (253m) long, Quesnel’s* Old Fraser River Bridge is apparently the longest wooden truss walking bridge in the world. That was the information the inebriated chap I met down on the river bank gave me … And then, as I was walking home, I came across a plaque on the east end of the bridge that seemed to confirm the information.

Construction began on the bridge in August 1928, and it was officially opened in March 1929. During World War II birch was harvested west of the river, trucked across the bridge and shipped by rail to make plywood for Mosquito bombers. But as the lumber industry around Quesnel grew through the 1950 and ’60s the bridge, which could only handle a single lane of traffic, became inadequate. Upon completion of its replacement downriver (the Moffatt Bridge) in 1971, the Old Fraser River Bridge was converted for pedestrian use (as well as for horses, cyclists and skateboarders).

In 2010 the bridge was restored and integrated into Quesnel’s Riverfront Trail system. Apart from the decking and trusses that were replaced, a modern low-power programmable lighting system was installed … Beautiful!

I shot all of these handheld, while fighting off buzzard-sized mosquitoes… You can read more about the old bridge here.

"Horses must not exceed walking pace." Skateboarders on the other hand ...
“Horses must not exceed walking pace.” Skateboarders on the other hand …
The Old Fraser River Bridge from the east bank
The Old Fraser River Bridge from the east bank.
All alone after dark ...
All alone after dark …
View from the bridge up the Fraser River.
View from the bridge up the Fraser River.
The Old Fraser River Bridge from the west bank
The Old Fraser River Bridge from the west bank.

* Quesnel (kwəˈnɛl) is a small city in the Cariboo District of British Columbia, Canada – about 650km north of Vancouver.

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8 thoughts on “Quesnel’s Old Fraser River Bridge

  1. These are truly beautiful pictures. Especially like … all of them … but probably the last one absolutely a favourite because of the wonderful tones in the sky and on the bridge, and the water. Wow!

  2. The top pic catches my eye. The bridge, solid and unmoving with the fluidity of the skater and those clouds that look like they are also moving. Gorgeous!

  3. Hi, I was wondering if I would be able to use your last photo on a new blog for the site NewsMash.ca. My first blog post highlights The Old Fraser River Bridge. I will link the photo back to your blog, and put your blog name in the description. Please let me know if that’s okay. Thanks!

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