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The 20 Prettiest Covered Bridges Across Canada

At the end of the 19th century, Canada was home to more than 1,400 covered bridges, mainly on the East Coast—now, only 140 remain. Architectural reminders of our country's industrial past, these charming covered bridges are well worth a detour on your summer road trip.

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Covered Bridges - The Ashnola Bridge in Keremeos, British ColumbiaPhoto: Darren Robinson

The Ashnola Bridge (Red Bridge)

Keremeos, B.C | The only covered bridge in British Columbia is an obvious must-see. Built in 1909 by the VV&E Railroad, it connects Cathedral Provincial Park to the Ashnola recreation area—and also serves as a link to Canada’s mining and railroad heritage.

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Covered Bridges - The Covered Bridge in Guelph, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Guelph Covered Bridge

Guelph, Ont. | Despite being built in 1992, this covered bridge in Guelph was constructed with 19th-century design in mind. Bridge connoisseurs will fall in love with its impressive lattice work!

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Covered Bridges - Hernder Winery Estates Bridge in St. Catharines, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Hernder Winery Estates Covered Bridge

St. Catharines, Ont. | Located inside the family-owned Hernder Winery Estates, this covered bridge is the only one in the Niagara region. The quaint wooden structure, which leads to the vineyard, is also a well-known spot for wedding photo shoots.

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Covered Bridges - West Montrose Covered Bridge in OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

West Montrose Covered Bridge

West Montrose, Ont. | Built in 1881 and measuring 60 metres in length, this gabled roof-topped bridge is the oldest in Ontario—and one of the few originally built in the province to remain standing today.

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Covered Bridges - Minto Bridge in Ottawa, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Minto Covered Bridge

Ottawa, Ont. | This truss bridge is notable for being a series of three connecting bridges. Linking two small islands in the Rideau River, it also has designated paths for pedestrians, cyclists and cars.

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Covered Bridges - Covered Bridge near Webers in Orilia, OntarioPhoto: Shutterstock

Webers Covered Bridge

Orillia, Ont. | Would you risk your safety for a bite? So many people regularly walked across Highway 11 to grab a burger at Webers that the owner’s son installed a flashy red pedestrian bridge above the road in 1983. Open since 1963, Webers sold around 8,000 hamburgers on a typical Friday at its peak.

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Covered Bridges - Pont Grandchamp in QuebecPhoto: Fralambert/Wikimedia Commons

Pont Grandchamp Covered Bridge

Lanaudière, Que. | Built in 1918 and named after a local farmer, this covered bridge is the only one still in operation in Lanaudière. One hundred years after it was built, the local government declared it a municipal historic site.

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Covered Bridges - Alphonse Normandin Bridge in Saint-Dominique-du-Rosaire, QuebecPhoto: Pascal721/Wikimedia Commons

Alphonse Normandin Bridge

Saint-Dominique-du-Rosaire, Que. | This pink bridge crosses the Davy River in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec. More than 34 covered bridges were constructed in the region; only half remain. Built in 1950, it’s the baby of the covered bridges in the province.

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Covered Bridges - Leclerc Covered Bridge in QuebecPhoto: Pascal721/Wikimedia Commons

Leclerc Covered Bridge

La Sarre, Que. | One of the last remaining covered bridges in Quebec’s Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, this elegant, single-lane structure was built in 1937 and renovated three times in 1947, 1949 and 1984.

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Covered Bridges - Molesworth Covered Bridge in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, QuebecPhoto: Hugo Lacroix

Molesworth Covered Bridge

Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Que. | Built in 1930, this striking fire-engine red bridge can carry more weight than other bridges in the area, thanks to a central support pillar added in 1950.

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Covered Bridges - Wakefield Covered Bridge in Wakefield, QuebecPhoto: Myriam Baril-Tessier

Wakefield Covered Bridge

Wakefield, Que. | This charming red structure was originally built in 1915 to link the shores of the Gatineau River. After burning down in 1984, however, the townspeople fundraised to fix it. Now, it’s only accessible for pedestrians, but the short, picturesque walk downhill to the bridge after parking on Chemin Du Vieux-Pont is highly recommended.

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Covered Bridges - Powerscourt Covered Bridge in Hinchinbrooke, QuebecPhoto: Shutterstock

Powerscourt Covered Bridge

Hinchinbrooke, Que. | One of five covered bridges to be selected for a Canadian stamp, this bridge is also an official National Historic Site. What’s more, it was built in 1861, making it one of the oldest covered bridges in the country.

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Covered Bridges - Hartland Covered Bridge in Hartland-Somerville, New BrunswickPhoto: Matthew Hewitson/Tourism New Brunswick

Hartland Covered Bridge

Hartland-Somerville, N.B. | At 390 metres long, the Hartland Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge in the world. Before it was built in 1901, the only other way to get across the Saint John River was by ferry.

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Covered Bridges - Malone Covered Bridge in South Branch, New BrunswickPhoto: Tourism New Brunswick

Malone Covered Bridge

South Branch, N.B. | While this barn-like bridge is a little less accessible than some others listed here, it’s still well worth a trip for the scenic drives towards and through it.

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Covered Bridges - Sawmill Creek Bridge in Hopewell Hill, New BrunswickPhoto: Tourism New Brunswick

Sawmill Creek Bridge

Hopewell Hill, N.B. | If you’re headed to Hopewell Cape, be sure to stop by the Sawmill Creek bridge. Built in 1908, it boasts a length of 33 metres, while its classic wooden structure is guaranteed to remind you of a (preserved) time gone by.

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Covered Bridges - Hardscrabble Covered Bridge in St. Martins, New BrunswickPhoto: Shutterstock

Hardscrabble Covered Bridge

St. Martins, N.B. | At 22 metres long, this medium-sized covered bridge off Route 111 has provided a pleasant entryway over a postcard-like stone-covered bay since 1964.

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Covered Bridges - Boniface Covered Bridge in Rivière-Verte, New BrunswickPhoto: Tourism New Brunswick

Boniface Covered Bridge

Rivière-Verte, N.B. | Built in 1925, this statuesque wooden structure is easily accessible by taking exit 32 on Highway 2—and large enough to continue through by car.

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Covered Bridges - Darlings Island Covered Bridge, Nauwigewauk in New BrunswickPhoto: Tourism New Brunswick

Darlings Island Covered Bridge

Nauwigewauk, N.B. | This bridge is a favourite of photographers—and it’s not hard to see why. A perfect road trip attraction, it’s just a 20-minute drive northeast from downtown Saint John.

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Covered Bridges - Hammond River #3 (Smithtown) Covered Bridge in Hampton, New BrunswickPhoto: Tourism New Brunswick

Hammond River #3 (Smithtown) Covered Bridge

Hampton, N.B. | Originally built in 1904, this bridge was reconstructed between 2016 and 2018 due to rotting wood. The body of water it crosses is a popular swimming hole, and area for kayaking and paddle boats. Parking is available nearby.

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Covered Bridges - Tynemouth Creek Covered Bridge in Saint Martin, New BrunswickPhoto: Tourism New Brunswick

Tynemouth Creek Covered Bridge

Saint Martin, N.B. | Located around 40 minutes outside of Saint John, this 28-metre-long bridge is a must-visit for shutterbugs. Pro tip: plan your visit to coincide with the low tide.

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