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This is a list of all 24 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the province Ontario. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of provinces.
1844 Union
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Chaudière Falls)
Bridgemeister ID:26
Structurae ID:0007336
Principals:Samuel Keefer
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1889
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:243.5f
Notes
  • At time of completion, Ottawa was still known as Bytown.
Print, collection of David Denenberg Photo courtesy of  Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1999-00513-9-1
1848 Niagara Suspension
Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:29
References:BOB, BPL, HBE, ONF, PTS2
Principals:Charles Ellet
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:770f
Deck width:7.5f

Notes
1851 Lewiston-Queenston
Lewiston, New York, USA and Queenston, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:35
Structurae ID:0007333
References:AAJ, BOB, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Edward Serrell
Use:Vehicular
Status:Wrecked, 1864
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,043f
Deck width:21f (AAJ: 19.5f)
Notes
  • Wrecked by wind February 1, 1864. Stay cables beneath the bridge had been disconnected to avoid damage from rising ice. Portions of the cables and deck remained, in a derelict state, as late as 1895. Replacement was not started until the late 1890's.
  • The February 3, 1864 edition of Niagara Falls Gazette describes the wind event: "Partial Destruction Of The Lewiston Suspension Bridge -- A portion of the flooring and other wood-work of the Lewiston Suspension Bridge was blown down during the gale Monday forenoon. It seems that the long guys had been cut during the late ice jam to prevent injury to the structure and thus its strength to withstand a gale was much weakened. The wind swept through the gorge on Monday with terrific force and swayed the bridge so that some of the cross timbers, near the centre were loosened from their fastenings, and fell, of course carrying the floor with them. A large portion at each end, remains without material injury. The extent of the damage -- financially -- we have not yet learned, but we judge from what we hear that it may be about $10,000. The bridge was built in 1852 and cost not far from $40,000. It will doubtless soon be repaired and in use."
  • Became longest suspension bridge by eclipsing 1849 Wheeling (Wheeling and Belmont) - Wheeling, West Virginia, USA. However, Don Sayenga notes the length of the suspended span of this bridge was only 849 feet, not 1,043 as often cited. Don writes: "[1,043 feet] was the distance between the towers built high up on the cliffs above the crossing - because there was no space for them below. The roadway suspended from the towers was only 849 feet span over the water from abutment to abutment." Thus, Roebling's Cincinnati bridge should be considered the first to eclipse Wheeling's record main span.
  • Eclipsed by new longest suspension bridge 1867 John A. Roebling (Cincinnati, Cincinnati and Covington) - Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky, USA.
  • Later at same location 1899 Lewiston-Queenston - Lewiston, New York, USA and Queenston, Ontario, Canada.
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1855 Niagara Suspension
Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:51
Structurae ID:0000047
References:AAJ, BAAW, BBR, BFL, BMA, BOB, BPL, HBE, LIR, NSB, ONF, PTS2, SA18810716, SJR
Principals:John A. Roebling
Use:Rail and Vehicular (double-deck, heavy rail, with walkway)
Status:Replaced, 1897
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:821.3f
Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1869 Clifton (Niagara-Clifton, Falls View, First Falls View)
Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:70
Structurae ID:0000528
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Samuel Keefer
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1889
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:1,268.3f
Deck width:10f
Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1889 Second Falls View
Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:2120
Principals:G.M. Harrington, George W. McNulty
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, late 1890's
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
1895 Swinging
Renfrew, Ontario, Canada (Bonnechere River)
Bridgemeister ID:590
Coordinates:N 45.478217 W 76.691764
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Notes
  • Rebuilt 1983.
Photo by Jack Schmidt
1899 Lewiston-Queenston
Lewiston, New York, USA and Queenston, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:108
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:L.L. Buck, R.S. Buck
Use:Vehicular and Rail (streetcar)
Status:Replaced, 1962
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,040f
Deck width:17f
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1912 Sewell's Road
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (Rouge River)
Bridgemeister ID:831
O'Donnell ID:330
Coordinates:N 43.82754 W 79.19962
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Frank Barber, Lewis Construction
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~100f
Side spans:2 x ~30f
Notes
  • Restoration completed April, 1981.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1929 Ambassador
Detroit, Michigan, USA and Windsor, Ontario, Canada (Detroit River)
Bridgemeister ID:160
Structurae ID:0000532
Coordinates:N 42.31210 W 83.07402
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, AMB, GBD, PTS2
Principals:Jonathan Jones, McClintic-Marshall
Use:Vehicular (major highway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,850f
Deck width:55f

Notes
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1929 Springbank
London, Ontario, Canada (River Thames - Springbank Park)
Bridgemeister ID:290
References:AAJ
Principals:J. R. Rostron
Use:Footbridge
Status:Replaced, 2002
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:235f
Deck width:5f
Notes
  • Replaced by truss, 2002.
1938 Thousand Islands International II
Georgina Island and Selton, Ontario, Canada (St. Lawrence River)
Bridgemeister ID:365
Structurae ID:0004780
O'Donnell ID:328
Coordinates:N 44.36323 W 75.98271
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, ADDS
Principals:Robinson and Steinman
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:750f
Side spans:2 x 300f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1958 Three Nations Crossing (Cornwall-Massena International, Seaway International)
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada and Massena, New York, USA (St. Lawrence River)
Bridgemeister ID:325
Structurae ID:0003357
O'Donnell ID:999
Coordinates:N 44.98667 W 74.74
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:STL
Use:Vehicular
Status:In use
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Notes
  • Renamed "Three Nations Crossing" effective January 1, 2000 in recognition of the Mohawks of Akwesasne
Photo by David Denenberg
1960 Ogdensburg-Prescott International (Seaway Skyway)
Ogdensburg, New York, USA and Prescott, Ontario, Canada (St. Lawrence River)
Bridgemeister ID:214
Structurae ID:0000540
O'Donnell ID:985
Coordinates:N 44.73 W 75.45667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Modjeski & Masters
Use:Vehicular (major highway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:350.75m
Side spans:2
Photo by David Denenberg
2003 (footbridge)
Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
Bridgemeister ID:916
Coordinates:N 44.48883 W 80.31083
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:126m
Notes
  • Located at the Scenic Caves attraction, the owners claim this large (126-meter main span) footbridge is the longest footbridge in Ontario.
(footbridge)
Englehart vicinity, Ontario, Canada (High Falls of the Englehart River - Kap-Kig-Iwan ProvincIal Park)
Bridgemeister ID:870
Coordinates:N 47.7964 W 79.88803
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Notes
  • Two-span footbridge with an interesting bend in the middle (forming a shallow V-shaped bridge).
Photo by Paul Lantz
(footbridge)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada (Speed River - Riverside Park)
Bridgemeister ID:836
Use:Footbridge
Status:Closed, 2003. Removed by 2004.
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • This bridge was closed April 2003. Wayne Grodkiewicz reports that it has since been replaced by a truss bridge.
(footbridge)
Meadowvale, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (Credit River - CVC Credit Valley Conservation Authority)
Bridgemeister ID:1405
Coordinates:N 43.628933 W 79.737567
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
(footbridge)
Mount Brydges vicinity, Ontario, Canada (Longwoods Road Conservation Area)
Bridgemeister ID:1472
Coordinates:N 42.88338 W 81.47578
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
(footbridge)
New Hamburg vicinity, Ontario, Canada (Nith River)
Bridgemeister ID:803
Use:Footbridge
(footbridge)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (West Don River - Serena Gundy Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1474
Coordinates:N 43.71918 W 79.35383
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
(suspension bridge)
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Bridgemeister ID:275
Castor (Burning Springs)
Clark Hill Islands, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:319
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
Pollux (Burning Springs)
Clark Hill Islands, Ontario, Canada (Niagara River)
Bridgemeister ID:848
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire

Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg

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