Wasauksing Swing Bridge

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About the Wasauksing Swing Bridge

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.

Operating schedule

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.

Exceptions

  • The bridge will not open on the hour when the 10-minute average wind speed, 10 minutes prior to the hour (for example 13:50), exceeds 30 km/hr.  If it did not open on the hour, it will open at the half hour (for example, 14:30) if the 10-minute average wind speed 10 minutes prior to the half hour (for example, 14:20) is 30 km/hr or less.
  • The bridge will not open to navigation in the event of a land-based emergency.

Opening on demand

  • The bridge will open on demand for any water-based emergencies when the wind speed is 30km/hr or less.
  • In the event of a land-based emergency and water-based emergency occurring at the same time, the land-based emergency will be dealt with first and then the bridge will be opened to accommodate the water-based emergency.

Bridge status and wind speeds

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.

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