Saturday, June 16, 2018

Bridge And River

The Wakefield Covered Bridge is fascinating to walk through, open to the breezes coming off the river. This view from within looks downstream.

Looking around gives a view of the structure itself- truly a labour of love for the community.

Here we have another view looking upstream, this time at the west end of the bridge.

And here we've got the west entrance. There are doorways on each end (so the bridge is likely closed up overnight), and landscaping done, along with the plaque and the historical signs. When the bridge was inaugurated in 1998 by Romeo LeBlanc, the Governor General at the time, it was welcomed by the community and beyond, a special place for a village that is special in and of itself.

I started back, photographing the east shore. 

Then I paused to photograph downstream again. Though Wakefield lies outside the boundaries of Gatineau Park, the terrain here is very much typical of the Gatineau Hills themselves.

Weddings are held from time to time on the bridge. This photograph was included in one of the display panels.

We took our leave of the bridge, pausing down the road to take in one final view of it from upstream. This ends my series from the Gatineau Hills. I hope you have enjoyed the tour.


  1. I enjoyed the tour. Very much. I have never walked on a bridge like that. I am more familiar with Roman bridges like the ones in the Algarve and other parts of the country of course.

  2. That's a beautiful bridge and you don't even get wet when it rains !

  3. A gorgeous bridge. I like the intricacy of the work done on the ceiling. I'll bet it could withstand some of our hurricanes!

  4. ...a beautiful spot that I can enjoy over and over!

  5. I like those covered bridges. Remembers me of the movie, "the Bridges of Madison County" :)

  6. I absolutely LOVE covered bridges. There is one near where I lived in Illinois. This is a wonderful example. Beautiful shots! I travel through Iowa occasionally and have always wanted to go see the bridges of Madison County.

  7. Hello, I love the covered bridges. Great series of photos. Enjoy your day and weekend!

  8. @Catarina: and we would never see a Roman style bridge.

    @Gattina: nice and dry inside

    @Lowell: it is solid.

    @Tom: me too.

    @Marianne: I have never seen that.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Betty: I know there are some in the Mid-West.

    @Eileen: thank you.

  9. You outdid yourself with this full medley of photos today!! I especially like the way you composed the top photo.

  10. I particularly like your first photograph, but they are all good and so nice to see.
    This has been a very nice series of posts from the Gatineau Hills, thank you.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    All the best Jan

  11. They certainly used all the engineering strategy to build a strong bridge.

  12. A beautiful bridge. Perfect for your lovely photos. The bit of rapids add texture.

  13. Lovely header photo and wonderfully creative bridge photos!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. @Kate: thank you!

    @Marie: so do I.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Red: they did indeed.

    @Maywyn: I agree with that.

    @Carol: yes, I've just changed it a little while ago. I figured it was time for a summer header.

  15. Have loved seeing the covered bridge and surrounding area William. What fabulous wedding photos with this backdrop!
    P.s. Super new header shot. If we don't have rain soon I might have to take your advice and delve into my archives 😀

  16. You took wonderful photos of this covered bridge and surrounding area. Great header shot too.

  17. Paying another visit … you've changed your header photograph!
    I like it.

    All the best Jan

  18. I love that last pic, William!

  19. @Grace: it would be ideal for a wedding! I tend to favour checking out seasonal shots from the previous year when I choose a header.

    @Denise: thank you!

    @Jan: I had been meaning to change it for some days. I'll add in a note for tomorrow's post.

    @Sandi: very much so.

    @RedPat: a good way to end it.

  20. Love that bridge. Saw one in Vermont once.A photo op for sure!

  21. Thanks for this beautiful tour.
    I especially loved the last photo.
    Have a nice Sunday
    Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

  22. An amazing structure indeed! Lovely photos and interesting narration.

  23. The bridge is a real beauty...and definitely eye candy.

  24. I can imagine the community is very happy with the rebuilding of the bridge.
    It is truly a great bridge. And the views over the river are wonderful.

  25. Schön diese Brücken und schöne Bilder von der Tour.


  26. love the roof ... way cool construction. ( ;

  27. Thanks for sharing the interior of the covered bridge as well as its charming exterior. My first viewing of one!

  28. We don't have many covered bridges here :-(

  29. Such work. I don't recall seeing it, but I may have. I'm getting old, methniks.

  30. @Janey: they so often are photo ops.

    @Maria: you're welcome.

    @Mari: you're welcome.

    @Magiceye: thank you.

    @Kay: very much so.

    @Jan: it is indeed.

    @Noke: thank you.

    @Beth: so do I.

    @Jeanie: you're welcome.

    @Klara: this one is a wonder.

    @Jennifer: you should make an effort to get up into Gatineau Park sometime.