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The Hartland Bridge at 100

A giant hockey stick. A big nickel. An historic covered bridge. A history-changing oil well. People pass by these attractions all the time on their travels throughout Canada. Sometimes, tourists trek for days to just to catch a glimpse. Some attractions are monumental, others merely quirky. They are all the stuff of local legend. CBC Digital Archives goes province to province to admire the big things in our big country.

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In 1901, a covered bridge in Hartland, N.B. made crossing the St. John River much easier. It also made the record books. This remarkable structure was 390 metres (1,282 feet) long, making it the longest covered bridge in the world. In this 2001 television report from CBC News, we learn more about origins of the Hartland Bridge, how it was constructed and why it became a significant landmark in New Brunswick.
• New Brunswick is home to 65 covered bridges, according to the provincial tourism ministry. The Hartland Bridge Co. built most of these bridges.
  • The Hartland Bridge opened July 4, 1901, but it wasn't covered until 1922. Two years later, electric lights were installed, and in 1945 a covered walking bridge was built alongside for pedestrians.

Other prominent roadside attractions in New Brunswick include:

• Peerless Self Oiling Lombardi Steam Engine in Boiestown
• World's Largest Conch in Caraquet
• Native Fisherman and Woman in Hartland
• World's Largest Maple Leaf in Millville
• World's Largest Axe in Nackawic
• World's Largest Fiddleheads in Plaster Rock
World's Largest Lobster in Shediac
• Yogi Bear in Woodstock

Medium: Television
Program: Canada Now
Broadcast Date: July 4, 2001
Guest(s): John Glass, Matt Kelly
Reporter: Deborah Nobes
Duration: 2:08

Last updated: October 1, 2012

Page consulted on October 6, 2014

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