Heritage Lives In Pictures: Getting Ready To Bridge The Great Dain

By Terry Hughes

Our first image, at left, shows the north end of the rowing course looking south from the “plug” toward Bridge 17. Soon construction will begin on a new crossing at Forkes Road and federal changes that could enable the city to acquire the remainder of the old canal for competitive rowing. It would offer a venue that could successfully compete and perhaps surpass the Henley course in St. Catharines.

The second photo, right, goes back to 1927 showing the same area being bridged in a similar way. The lift bridge is the same structure seen today being tested after its construction and built next to the swing span it is replacing. The size is significantly different and shows us the major improvement between the third and fourth canals. In the background the second swing bridge was located at Forkes Rd. and would be replaced with the lift span three years later.   

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(Terry Hughes is a Wellander who is passionate about heritage, history and model railroading. His opinion column, Heritage Lives In Pictures, appears on the blog once or twice monthly.)

1 thought on “Heritage Lives In Pictures: Getting Ready To Bridge The Great Dain

  1. Claire Masswohl

    The canal is such an attraction in Welland. Just had a discussion form a friend from out of town that was remarking how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area with the canals and bridges. Great article Terry.


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