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Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park, Spuzzum

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Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, located in the Fraser Canyon approximately two kilometres (one mile) north of Spuzzum and 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Hope.This small 55 ha (136 acre) park is centred on the site of the original Cariboo Wagon Road bridge over the Fraser River. The park was established in 1984 because of its historical qualifications, it has picnic tables but no camping. Public access is via a trail from a parking lot on the east side of the Fraser, as the old portion of the pre-modernization Cariboo Highway, which used the bridge, is no longer open to the public..The Nlaka'pamux and Sto:lo First Nations have inhabited the area for over 9000 years. The first white persons known to have visited the site were Simon Fraser and his crew during their expedition down the Fraser Canyon in 1808. Situated at a narrows in the canyon, with room for the necessary abutments, the site was an important fishing site for the Sto:lo and Nlaka'pamux First Nations peoples. Like all such locations in the Fraser Canyon (which are many), there was a large native village on the west bank just downstream from the bridge site in pre-railway times. Fish-drying racks can still be seen at the location today, and were visible in historic photographs from early times.
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  • If you are planning a trip up the number one highway this is an excellent stop. A short walk to the bridge from the parking lot and a wonderful part of BC history. Slow down.... and stretch you legs. ...  more »
  • After leaving the Hellsgate airtram, we stopped to have a walk down to this old bridge over the river. There are picnic benches and toilets. You do cross the railway track on foot but once down to the...  more »
  • If heading North on Hwy 1 keep an eye out for it when crossing the current bridge. There is a short walk down which is part of the original section of highway. We were with our young children but it i...  more »
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  • Avoid going to Hells Gate and, instead, visit this park and bridge; the scenery is just as good and the bridge affords you a great view of the Fraser River. Hiking/Walking Trails are nearby and the area is relatively quiet depending on the day/time that you go. As with most of these types of parks in BC, the facilities are few to none. I am never quite sure why this Province refuses to pave a simple parking lot and add some park benches here and there. The parking area is small and appears to be a free-for-all; that is, one person parks length wise, one person parks width wise, and ends up taking all of the parking spaces leaving none available. I get it that this Province is environmentally extreme (some would say insane), but what's wrong with paving over the gravel and adding some lines so that parking is rectified so that people can actually visit the park? Be aware that you do have to walk across an active train track; so look for trains before crossing. It would also be hard for someone in a scooter, wheel-chair, or with movement problems to make their way to the bridge without assistance. There is a hill that you have to walk down and walk up - for most individuals in average shape, this will pose no problems. But for movement problems, it might be of some concern. But for a free attraction that has some spectacular views of the Fraser River and Canyon, Alexandra Bridge is worth the drive.
  • Both scenic and part of our history. The original bridge was constructed in 1861 and demolished in 1912. A second bridge, the one you can visit today was built in 1926, It was part of highway 1 until 1964 when a 3rd, much bigger Alexandra bridge replaced the aging single lane suspension bridge. This new bridge can be seen from the old bridge slightly further down the river.
  • It's nice to see some of BC's History. The old bridge was awesome
  • Awsome place!!! So much beauty here. Nature at its finest, with historic views as well.
  • 15 minute walk on gravel trail will pleasantly surprise you. Old bridge will allow you to cross Fraser River. Don't forget to bring your camera