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35. Black Bridge and Heritage Bridges in Waterloo Region
at Black Bridge Rd. and the Speed River, Hespeler,
Single-lane bridge – do not walk onto, obstruct, or stop on bridge
Park at Black Bridge Canoe Launch, west end of bridge,
Do not block water access at canoe launch,
If canoe launch is full, park safely along Black Bridge Road, west side of bridge
built c.1916 Talks at 10 & 11 a.m. Rain or shine.
Gather at the west end of heritage designated Black Bridge, for a guided info session about this and other significant bridges in our region. Black Bridge is a single-lane steel Pratt through-truss bridge spanning a lovely stretch of the Speed River. Its type dates to the mid-1800s, and was once common, but is becoming rare. Restored in 1996, Black Bridge has stood for more than a century, and will continue into the future – as a pedestrian and cycling bridge. For motor vehicles, it will soon be replaced by another crossing nearby, while it remains as a beautiful and protected piece of our built heritage.
• Water Theme Site
• Guided Tour