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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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  • FREE! Take the 5-10 minute stroll from the parking lot down to the vintage bridge over the river. The single lane bridge is no longer used for vehicle traffic but is open for foot traffic. The open st...  more »
  • I hadn't been here in years! And it was so great to finally stop with our family & a friend as we traveled down to Vancouver. A lovely hike all the way to the bridge via many access points including d...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Wonderful place, historic bridge, and good views of the Fraser canyon and Fraser River from the bridge. Although I must stress the importance of keeping all personal belongings safe while on the bridge, as the floor of the bridge surface is very porous and the holes are quite large, so many small items will fall through. When I went there, I got to see a train pass by on the tracks. However, my father dropped his flashlight while getting something on the bridge, and we were all so worried that he dropped something important, like his wallet or his house keys. My advice is, keep all personal belongings secure and safe while on this bridge!
  • Great little off-the-highway family driving break location. Kids love it, especially when the water is high and wild.
  • Beautiful bridge. Easy walk with great views.
  • Stop by for the little rest, stretch the legs, head down the windey path or find the short cut just at the railway junction down onto the bridge for some photos and a walk over.
  • 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.