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Find the operating schedule and the bridge's status.
The historic Wasauksing Swing Bridge, originally built in 1895, is the Wasauksing First Nation's only road access to the mainland, and an important crossing for area residents and visitors. The bridge is owned and maintained by the Government of Canada through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), and operated by the Wasauksing First Nation.
As of July 5, 2017, the bridge's operating schedule has been restricted in order to maintain the bridge's safety and integrity. These restrictions have been approved by Transport Canada's Navigation Protection Program, and will remain in effect throughout the 2018 boating season.
ISC continues to work closely with the First Nation and federal partners to identify a long-term solution for safe, continued access to and from the First Nation.
From April 27, 2018 to mid-December (the boating season), the bridge will open on the hour from 06:00 to 22:00, except at 13:00 when it will open at 13:15.
During the first seven days and the last seven days of the operating season, the bridge will open on the hour from 09:00 to 16:00, except at 13:00 when it will open at 13:15.
The Wasauksing Swing Bridge is equipped with electronic signs displaying current average wind speeds, which are updated every 30 minutes.
For up-to-the-minute information on wind speeds and bridge status, please call the bridge operator directly at 705-746-9620, or tune in to VHF channel 6.
For all other inquiries, please call our public information line at 807-624-5900.