When touring in Canada, the Niagara Falls seems to be on every tourist’s list. There are a number of Niagara tours from Toronto that tourists can choose from. But if you visit the Niagara Falls, be sure to visit all the bridges there. Here is a list of bridges you can see.
- The Suspension bridge.
In 1848 a number of engineers decided to build this bridge over the river but getting a cable across to the other side of the bridge seemed like a risky challenge. However engineer Charles Ellett Jr. found a solution to the problem and now their stands the Suspension bridge. The bridge looks over the narrowest point of the gorge, about 800ft deep. Cables of about 1160ft were passed over to the other side and there are also wooden towers on either sides of the bridge. It was officially opened on 1st August, 1848.
- The Lewiston- Queenston Suspension bridge.
This bridge is of historical significance. It helped accommodate a number of families after the 1812 war. They settled in the area at the time. Niagara tours from Toronto can arrange for your visit to this historical place.
- The Railway Suspension Bridge
This bridge was once dismantled to make another suspension bridge, in a difference of seven years. This new bridge could hold two levels, one for railway traffic and another for carriage. For the first time a bridge was designed here to hold a train’s weight.
- The new or Second Suspension bridge.
In 1877 a new Suspension bridge was built. Safety issues were the reason behind this rebuilding. A bridge of a new design could provide security for people travelling over the bridge. This bridge was later built with increased capacity. Niagara tours from Toronto say a new type of steel arch for the bridge was called for in 1895.
- Lower Bridge
This bridge is also known as the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge. There used to be two levels on this bridge. Foot traffic and vehicles were confined within the lower bridge while the upper part was for railways.
- The Cantilever Bridge
The ten feet wide bridge is one of the narrowest bridges over the river. Traffic had to use only one way at a particular time. Engineers started working towards widening the bridge in the year 1887 and were finished on 13th June, 1888. this bridge does not exist anymore as a storm that hit Niagara on 10th January 1889, completely destroyed the bridge, so much that not even a speck of it was left.
- The new Cantilever Bridge
This bridge was rebuilt again, very soon. The rebuilding of the bridge commenced at full fledge. The new bridge was slightly wider measuring at about 17 feet. However this did not last long. Niagara tours from Toronto informed that the bridge could not handle electricity powered street cars and the demolishment took place in 1899.
- The Second Lewinston Queenston bridge
This bridge did not last after 1962. It was located between the Niagara Escarpment. The modern one replaced this bridge.
- The honeymoon bridge.
One of the largest steel bridges with an arch, this bridge of 840 feet and had two tracks; one for the trolley cars and another one for the horse carriages. It was regarded as a marvel of the times.
- Michigan central railway steel arch bridge.
This was built from the Whirlpool rapids bridge. The bridge still stands but no one is allowed to step on it as it has been closed since 1979.
- The Rainbow Bridge.
This measures about 950 feet and connects Canada with the U.S. It used to be the largest bridge without hinges; people were o excited to see its performance that they gathered around it at the time of its construction.
- The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.
Niagara tours from Toronto talks about this bridge informing that it exists even today. It was built in1962 replacing the second Lweiston-Queenston bridge. The design matches with that of the Rainbow Bridge.
These are the bridges that tourists are most curious about when visiting the Falls, some of these don’t exist anymore while others are still very much there.