West Montrose Covered Bridge (Kissing Bridge), Waterloo

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West Montrose Covered Bridge, also known as the "Kissing Bridge", is a covered bridge in West Montrose, Ontario, within Waterloo Region,one of the oldest covered bridges in Canada. (In 2015, the total number of surviving covered bridges in Canada was below 200.) Built in 1880–1881 mostly of oak and white pine by John Bear, who had previously built barns, the total cost to the Township of Woolwich was $3,197.50. The structure can still be used by pedestrians, buggy traffic and vehicles weighing less than three tonnes for crossing the Grand River. Since 1998, it has been owned and maintained by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

The bridge's original design was described as a "two-span hybrid Howe truss" or as a "hybrid Queen Post – Howe timber configuration" with two louvred windows. (Additional windows, visible today, were added at some later date.) The entire structure was originally built of wood. Its weight was supported by 15 piles driven deep into the river bed. At the time of construction, the estimated useful life of the structure was 70 to 80 years. That was significantly increased with subsequent restorations.

The primary modifications during restorations added concrete and steel parts to strengthen the aging structure. However, the current visible form of the bridge remains true to the original design.
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  • I accidentally found out about this, and so we drove the extra hour from where we were vacationing to check it out. It is open to vehicles, despite an earlier review. We took some nice photos and...  more »
  • old historical covered bridge,wood construction,very old fashion,reminder of days gone by,good for a afternoon pick nick close by  more »
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  • This is the last remaining covered bridge in Ontario. (Some 200 still survive in Canada, mostly in Quebec and New Brunswick.) It's called The Kissing Bridge by locals. Built in 1881 it is maintained regularly and is still in use for pedestrians and cars ... and the occasional Mennonite horse and buggy. The banks of the river here are all private property, and so marked. Please respect that. It's in the small hamlet of West Montrose, off Line 86 near the exit for St. Jacobs, easy to find on Google Maps. There is a small parking lot after you cross the bridge, with space for about 10 cars. If you are in the area, it's worth taking a few minutes to see it; a plaque on site provides specifics about the history of the bridge.
  • The bridge is a great site to see! Apparently its the last covered bridge in Ontario. You can get some great shots of the bridge, however the area around the bridge is privately owned and the owners want cash from professional photographers, to step foot on their land. Many signs in the area say, “Private Property!” “Keep Out”, but my favourite is, “Don’t even think of parking here”. I guess the people in the area, don’t like the tourists.
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