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in the shelter of the covered bridge – the Canal Bridge twenty three years later

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Last Friday we drove to see three covered bridges in Charlotte County, New Brunswick – Canal Covered Bridge, McCann Bridge (Digdeguash River #4) and McGuire Bridge (Digdeguash River #3).  My husband, son and I visited two of these in 1992 as part of a project for Canada’s 125th anniversary (see  ).


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Canal Bridge, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, August 2015


The Canal Bridge was built in 1917. It crosses the deep natural canal connecting Lake Utopia with the Magaguadavic River.


The Canal is wide and sinuous, unhurried in its flow …


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The water is very low this time of year. The shallow areas are inhabited by water lilies, water shield and pickerel weed …


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Many people have left their initials and messages inside this bridge …


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My husband couldn’t remember if we had visited the Canal Bridge in 1992. But almost immediately he found a small set of initials in black on a board heavily marked by red paint.


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To me, very familiar initials! Back in May of 1992, we had left evidence of our visit. A very emotional experience, seeing our initials more than 23 years later! It was hard to go, knowing I was leaving behind a little bit of my family history.


Copyright 2015 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

August 24, 2015 at 7:06 am

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