The Confederation Bridge links the Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island,Canada, crossing the Northumberland Strait. The bridge is a two-lane highway toll bridge that carries the Trans-Canada Highway between Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island (at Route 1) and Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick (at Route 16).
For information, the Maritime Provinces are the three Eastern provinces of Canada : Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Province of Newfoundland,Canada,is farther east, but is not included in the “Maritime Provinces” designation.
Starting in 1917, a ferry service ran between the two provinces, which lasted for 80 years. Eventually, in the 90’s, technology made construction of a fixed link feasible, and it opened in June 1997. At it’s peak, about 5,000 workers were employed in the construction, The S-shaped bridge is the longest in the world over salt water which is ice-covered during the winter months. (12.9 kilometers) The 12 minute crossing is in marked contrast to ferry service which at times resulted in being shuttled back and forth in tidal fields of ice, with land in sight on both sides but not getting any closer. (Personal experience!!) Because of the height, allowing for deep-sea shipping to pass underneath, the view is quite spectacular, though stopping is not permitted.
For a very interesting and detailed story on the Bridge and it’s construction, I recommend looking at:
Taken July 26, 2007 (On the P.E.I. side)
Fuji S100FS camera