little current swing bridge, manitoulin island, ontario
The Little Current Swing Bridge is a one lane bridge connecting Manitoulin Island to Northern Ontario, via Highway 6. It is a deck plate girder swing bridge, completed in 1913 as a railroad swing bridge for the Algoma Eastern Railway. A swing bridge was built to enable shipping in the narrow North Channel between Goat Island and Manitoulin Island. Ownership passed to the Canadian Pacific Railway and in 1946 the bridge was modified to enable both rail and auto usage. With the ending of rail service to Little Current, the bridge was modified for auto usage only in the 1990’s. Currently, the bridge remains in a closed position (as seen above) to enable vehicles to cross except for the first fifteen minutes of each daylight hour during spring, summer, and fall; the bridge swings open, for fifteen minutes, to allow boats to pass. The bridge remains in the closed position for the winter. The bridge has been designated an Ontario Heritage site. The Little Current Swing Bridge will celebrate its centennial in 2013.
As seen from the Port of Little Current.