Suspension Bridges to Cross in Manitoba

Manitoba is home to several suspension bridges including the longest suspension bridge in Canada. If you’re feeling brave enough to cross one of these amazing bridges, here are a few that you’ll want to check out.

Pinawa Heritage Suspension Bridge

 

Pinawa is well-known for its heritage sites. Its suspension bridge floats 4 meters above the Pinawa channel and goes for about 50 meters. If you go in the winter, you’ll be able to ski in the area, while in the summer there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails. As you cross the bridge, make sure to keep an eye out for wildlife in the area. And once you’re done at the bridge, make sure you pay a visit to Pinawa’s old dam!

Directions:Alice Chambers Trail off Hwy. 211.

Cost: Free

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Souris Swinging Bridge

If you truly want to get to know Manitoba, then visiting one of its main attractions is the way to go. The Souris Swinging Bridge was constructed in 1904 by Squire Sowden to improve access from his own property to the town on the other side of the Souris River. But don’t worry, the bridge’s age does not affect its safety! It’s been reinforced multiple times since its construction. Today, the bridge is 184 meters long and is currently the longest suspension bridge in Canada.

Directions:Souris

Cost: By donation

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Senkiw Bridge

First built in 1946 as a way for the area’s schoolchildren to reach their school on the other side of the Roseau River, the Senkiw Bridge now stands as part of the Great Canadian Trail. The section to which it belongs, the Crow Wing Trail, is a beautiful hiking spot. The bridge itself offers a beautiful view year-round, and there are plenty of things to do around the bridge. In the summer, pack a lunch to have at the picnic area. In the winter, make your way down the river bank and enjoy some ice fishing.

Address:Crow Wing Trail, Senkiw Bridge Access Point

Cost: Free

Senkiw School Bridge

Rotary Bridge over Kwasitchewan Falls

This bridge is perfect for visitors who are looking for an absolutely stunning view. You’ll find the Rotary bridge over the Kwasitchewan Falls in Pisew Falls Provincial Park. Spend some time hiking around the park and checking out the area’s wildlife before hitting the bridge. The trails are a challenge, especially during colder months, so make sure to bring the appropriate gear. The view from the suspension bridge as you look upon the falls will make the whole ordeal worth it.

Directions:Turn off to Pisew Falls located 74km south of Thompson on PTH 6.

Cost: $7.90 for 1-day park pass

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Great Woods Park Bridge

As spring arrives and Manitoba starts to fall, consider spending some time during the warmer months of the year at Great Woods Park. Here, you’ll find nature trails, plenty of fishing, and swimming and canoeing along the river. You’ll also be treated to the park’s suspension bridge over the Brokenhead River. The bridge spans 120 feet and offers an amazing viewing point of the park. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even see some of the river’s turtles!

Directions:73033 Rd 43E, Beausejour

Cost: $3.00 for a daily park pass

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Arden Swinging Bridge

Visit the lovely town of Arden, also known as the crocus capital of Manitoba. Over the Whitemud River, you’ll find the town’s 100-foot suspension bridge. Volunteers built the bridge in 1967 during the summer as a way of generating further interest in the town’s Lansdowne Centennial Park. It’s a great place to go if you’re interested in checking one of Manitoba’s smaller towns. You’ll have fun crossing the river and feeling the bridge swing and bounce under your feet.

Directions:South of Arden off route 352

Cost: Free

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Whiteshell River Suspension Bridge

Whiteshell Provincial Park is a Manitoba gem. This sprawling park is beautiful no matter what time of year you go and offers plenty of exploration opportunities. Check out the park’s 86-meter suspension bridge crossing the Whiteshell River. Although it’s not the largest of Manitoba’s suspension bridges, nor the oldest having been constructed in 2010, the view it offers is beautiful. Spend a few hours hiking and adventuring through the park, and then stop for a picture-taking opportunity on the bridge.

Directions:Hwy 1, Eastern Manitoba

Cost: $7.90 for 1-day park pass

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Wekusko Falls Swinging Bridges

Explore the Wekusko Falls Provincial Park area and fall in love with both of the small swinging bridges that live in the park. You’ll be crossing the Grass River, including the Weksusko Falls. Consider booking one of the stunning campsites so you can return to these bridges as well as the hiking trails multiple times in one trip. You’ll be able to get great views of the Falls. Go any time of year to experience the beauty of the area, and don’t forget to pack your camera!

Directions: Wekusko Falls Provincial Park, MB-392, Snow Lake

Cost: $7.90 for 1-day park pass

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