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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confederation_Bridge

Taken July 26, 2007 (On the P.E.I. side)
Fuji S100FS camera

Comments

  • Sarah  Mac
    Sarah Macover 4 years ago

    By george, George! Wow it just keeps going doesn’t it. I bet it was a nice relief for most residents when it opened eh?

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 4 years ago

    Hi Sarah… well, it was a blessing for anyone who wanted to cross over! I used to go to PEI quite often and I was caught in the ice on the ferry numerous times.But a lot of people were worried about losing the very quiet rural life-style on the Island. Actually, it’s worked out very well after everyone got used to the idea!

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    A wonderful shot George x

  • Many thanks Irene, glad you liked it.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Great capture of the bridge, George, Haven’t been across it yet – the last time I was in P.E.I., it was the ferry across (early 90’s) and just missed it both times. Long wait with not too much to do! But enjoyed the ferry ride…

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 4 years ago

    I never thought I’d see the day when you could drive to PEI :) I used to spend a lot of time in ferry line-ups when I was traveling down home. Not to mention beating through the ice in the winter! It’s hard to get a really good shot, it’s built in a curve so from the ground you can never see the whole thing well enough to get it all in one shot.

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 4 years ago

    Many thanks for accepting the image!

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    lovely angle George, I hope to take the ride next summer, have never done that yet

  • Hi Vickie,you’ll enjoy it, though you can’t stop on the bridge so someone will have to lean out the window if you want shots from up top. Speed limit is 80 kms. and the view is quite spectacular, like in a low-flying aircraft.If you have a sun-roof that would be good! It’s almost impossible to get a full length pic except from the air or from a boat out on the water because the bridge curves and it’s about 12 kms. long, so even then, you need a wide angle lens. BTW, you don’t pay to go to PEI, but you do to come back, so don’t be confused by no toll booth going on.

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    we’ll be traveling with the motor home, so I guess I’ll see what I see, lol. Yes I know you pay for a one-way trip whether the ferry or the bridge. I think one way each would be nice. I like ferries

  • With the motor home I think you’ll be OK. The guard rails aren’t too high and you should be able to shoot over them. The extra height should work fine. There’s still the ferry at the east end of PEI, that runs from Woods Harbour to Caribou (PEI to N.S.) It’s a nice trip and you land in a very nice part of N.S. where you can choose various routes from there onward. Of course I’d suggest Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail, but I’m prejudiced!!! lol..

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    I’ve done the Cabot trail a few times, it’s a must anyway :-)) Thanks George

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