Confederation Bridge

The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. 

The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long box girder bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and continues to endure as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.

The decision to replace the existing ferry service with a fixed link followed a heated debate throughout the 1980’s. Farmers, fishermen, tourism operators, and residents of Prince Edward Island had sharply contrasting opinions about how year-round access to the mainland would affect their way of life and livelihood.

Eventually, it was decided that the debate would be settled at the polls. The federal department of Public Works and Government Services selected its favourite bridge design out of several proposals from the private sector, and on January 18, 1988, Premier Joseph Ghiz asked Prince Edward Islanders to make the final decision in a plebiscite. At the polls, 59.4% of Islanders voted “Yes” to a fixed link.

After four years of construction using crews of more than five thousand local workers, the Confederation Bridge opened to traffic on May 31, 1997.

联邦大桥

联邦大桥于1997年完工,首次穿越诺森伯兰海峡,首次将爱德华王子岛连接到加拿大大陆,并履行了在PEI于1873年加入联邦时建立永久联系的承诺。在建桥之前,唯一的渡口是在这里搭乘渡轮或者在伍德群岛岛的东端。这座12.9公里长的桥梁是世界上最长的冷冻水桥,被认为是加拿大20世纪最重要的工程成就之一。从新不伦瑞克省穿过弯曲的桥梁是一次激动人心的体验,第一个到达PEI的城镇游客是Borden-Carleton,从那里您可以欣赏到雄伟的桥梁。

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