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Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park
If you feel like a short walk and a view into British Columbia's past, visit the Alexandra Bridge just south of Boston Bar on Trans-Canada Hwy 1. Located only 21 km (13 miles) south from Boston Bar and 11 km (7 miles) north of Yale, Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is the site of a historic suspension bridge that crosses a narrow channel on the Fraser River.

First Nations
The Halkomelum (Stalo) and Lower Thompson First Nations used this natural river corridor as historic fishing grounds for over 12,000 years. The site proved ideal for the indigenous people for catching the bountiful salmon migrating up the Fraser River. The salmon species providing food for the natives included Chum, Coho, Pink and Sockeye and Spring salmon.

Anderson Brigade Trail
As the Europeans entered Western Canada, explorer Simon Fraser's expedition in British Columbia found his way down through the Fraser River in 1808 and recognized the importance of this crossing point. Later the site was used by the Hudson's Bay Company as part of the Anderson Brigade Trail for travel throughout British Columbia's gold fields in the Cariboo.

Princess Alexandra of Wales
Eventually with the flood of people entering the interior of BC because of the Cariboo gold rush the need for a permanent crossing was required. Pioneer Joseph W. Trutch, under contract, built the original bridge in 1861 as part of the Cariboo Wagon Road. The spectacular suspension bridge was named after Princess Alexandra of Wales who became the Queen of Edward V11.

Joseph William Trutch
Joseph William Trutch who lived from 1826-1904 was one of British Columbia's first civil engineers and building contractor who helped construct various infrastructure projects along the West Coast of British Columbia. In time, Joseph William Trutch went on to serve as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Province of British Columbia from 1871-1876. There is a stone cairn in his honour on the west side of the present-day Alexandra Bridge on Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Fraser River
The Alexandra Bridge that stands in the provincial park was built in 1925 to replace the original structure which ceased its useful existence in 1912. Built on the original 1863 abutments, the bridge is situated near Spuzzum by 2 km (1.3 miles) on the west side to just below the site of the Alexandra Lodge on the east.

Bridge Trail
There is a short trail that you will have to take from the parking lot down a slight hill to the abandoned Alexandra Bridge suspension bridge. The Bridge Trail follows the original Fraser Canyon Highway that dates back from the mid 1920's. To get to the bridge you will also have to cross the Canadian National Railway (CN) right-of-way. The Bridge Trail will take you around 15 minutes or so from the parking lot to the bridge.

CN Railway Tracks
If you do take the walk to the Alexandra Bridge, just remember that the walk down the hill might be hard on you if you are not in good health. In addition, when you do have to cross the CN railway tracks, the crossing is non-supervised with approximately four trains per hour using the tracks. Just remember because of trains not being required to brake, there is the possibility of a train coming suddenly upon you. Please be safe.

Incredible Views
Once you're at the bridge you will able to cross over to the west side of the Fraser River. There are some incredible views through the open grade honeycombed style bridge deck of the swirling rapids underneath the Alexandra Bridge as the Fraser River flows through a rock corridor. Once on the other side, you can walk along the rocky shore for some excellent views of the bridge and the present-day Alexandra Bridge, that opened in 1965.

Alexandra Lodge
If you do happen to be travelling east on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 from Alexandra Provincial Park towards Boston Bar, you will pass across the historic Alexandra Lodge. Long a site for weary people travelling on the Fraser Canyon in the past, the Alexandra Lodge has a long historic presence along Hwy 1. There is a small cemetery near the old building that contains graves of past pioneers.

Information on Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park

 

Alexandra Bridge
Alexandra Bridge

 

Alexandra Bridge
Alexandra Bridge

 

Alexandra Bridge
Alexandra Bridge

 

J. W. Trutch 1826-1904
J. W. Trutch 1826-1904

 

Fraser River
Fraser River

 

Crossing Active CN Tracks
Crossing Active CN Tracks

 

Present Day Alexandra Bridge
Present Day Alexandra Bridge

 

Alexandra Lodge
Alexandra Lodge

 
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