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Not (just) to touch the bridge: Jay Scotland visits the Marine Rail Historical Park

The mayor of Borden-Carleton, P.E.I., wants to encourage Islanders — not just visitors — to stop at the Marine Rail Historical Park. And he thinks one draw is that you can actually put your hand against the cement of the bridge.

Park space used to hold tanks of fuel for ferries

Jay Scotland and Mayor Dean Sexton touch the base of the Confederation Bridge in Borden-Carleton. (Randy McAndrew/CBC)

Many visitors to the Island stop at the Borden-Carleton Marine Rail Historical Park — to take in the history of the Island, or enjoy the view of the Confederation Bridge.

But Dean Sexton, mayor of Borden-Carleton, P.E.I., wants to encourage Islanders to stop as well. He told Jay Scotland one of the selling points is that you can actually put your hand against the cement of the bridge.

Jay at the Borden-Carleton Marine Rail Historical Park 1:31

Scotland took him up on the offer.

"They tend to frown on that, by the way — if you stop on the bridge, get out, and try to touch the bridge," Scotland joked. 

"You can do it here at any time," said Sexton.

In memory of ferry, rail workers

Before the space was a park, it used to hold big tanks of fuel for the ferries that ran across the strait.

The park includes a ferry for kids to play on, as well as a lighthouse and a memorial to ferry and rail workers. (Randy McAndrew/CBC)

When the bridge was built, the marine workers thought it would be nice to turn the space into a park. The park is a memorial to the ferry and railway workers of P.E.I.

It's located at 41 Borden Ave.