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CNR Swing Bridge - Third Welland Canal

CNR Bridge over the Third Welland Canal (Photo: Matthew Jantz).



The CNR Bridge, located where the CN railway crosses the Third Welland Canal, is a favorite landmark for people hiking along the canal. The bridge was built in the mid 1880's with the special ability to rotate 90 degrees and allow ships to pass. Access to the bridge is possible using the Bruce Trail that runs along the east side of the canal.


WARNING: The CNR Swing Bridge and associated railway line is still actively used and should be viewed with caution. Keep a safe distance and do not walk on bridge or tracks.




The CNR railway bridge is part of a bigger story. Originally when the Third Welland Canal was built in the 1870's a train tunnel was built under the canal approximately 200 meters south of the bridge. After several years of service the need for a second rail line made the tunnel obsolete and a decision was made to switch train traffic to the current swing bridge. The swing bridge was first used in 1887, but stopped being rotated when shipping moved to the Fourth Welland Canal in 1933.




From QEW

If traveling on the QEW, exit at Glenridge Ave. and travel southwest along Glendale for approximately 1.7 km. Turn right on an unmarked paved road that appears shortly after Homer Rd. The road will turn left making a loop under Glendale Rd. Continue on this road for 1 km. At this point the road will turn slightly to the right revealing a railway bridge crossing over the road. Parking is possible on the left (east) side of the road. the bridge is approximately 100 meters to the east.


Text and photographs on this page were graciously contributed by Matthew Jantz.

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Seaway Haulage Rd.
Thorold, Ontario

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.13763345
Longitude -79.17745828

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