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The West Montrose Covered Bridge

The West Montrose Covered Bridge

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004

The West Montrose Covered Bridge

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2012

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The Township of Woolwich
At the south end of Covered Bridge Drive
which heads south from Highway 86
6.3 km east of Arthur Street in Elmira.
(Note from the Region of Waterloo: West Montrose Covered Bridge has a 3 tonne load limit and should not be crossed by trucks, buses, tractors or other heavy vehicles.)

Coordinates: N 43 35.111 W 80 28.883


Plaque Text

This structure, the only remaining covered bridge in Ontario, was designed by John Bear in 1880, on the authority of Woolwich Township Council, to replace an earlier bridge over the Grand River. Built a year later by John and his brother Benjamin, the 60 m bridge was covered to protect the wooden flooring and frame against the elements. Known locally as the Kissing Bridge, it later came under the jurisdiction of Waterloo County. In 1937 the province assumed responsibility for the Guelph-Elmira Road, including the West Montrose Bridge, and its floor and sub-structure were subsequently rebuilt and reinforced.



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> Posted September 6, 2010
Hi. Well done - brief, informative, coordinates. Connection to bicycle trials - if around will - be an asset. A.D.

> Posted January 11, 2009
We are getting married in June this year and would really like to be married at the covered bridge/kissing bridge. Can you tell me if this is possible and if so whom do we arrange it with.
Karen. my email address: raysfl@mgl.ca

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