West Montrose Covered Bridge (Kissing Bridge), Waterloo

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West Montrose Covered Bridge, also known as the "Kissing Bridge", is a covered bridge in West Montrose, Ontario, within Waterloo Region, one of the oldest covered bridges in Canada. (In 2015, the total number of surviving covered bridges in Canada was below 200.) John Bear, who had previously built barns, built the bridge in 1880–1881, mostly of oak and white pine. The total cost to the Township of Woolwich was $3,197.50. The structure can still be used by pedestrians, buggy traffic and vehicles weighing less than three tonnes for crossing the Grand River. Since 1998, it has been owned and maintained by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

The bridge's original design was described as a "two-span hybrid Howe truss" or as a "hybrid Queen Post – Howe timber configuration" with two louvred windows. (Additional windows, visible today, were added at some later date.) The entire structure was originally built of wood. Its weight was supported by 15 piles driven deep into the river bed. At the time of construction, the estimated useful life of the structure was 70 to 80 years. That was significantly increased with subsequent restorations.

The primary modifications during restorations added concrete and steel parts to strengthen the aging structure. However, the current visible form of the bridge remains true to the original design.
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  • great place for a relaxing drive and picnic. covered bridge with a beautiful park and a ice cream store 
    great place for a relaxing drive and picnic. covered bridge with a beautiful park and a ice cream store  more »
  • It's nice to stop for photos year round, parking is close by, try not to park on private property near by, a lot of the good photo angles are on peoples front property so try to be respectful 
    It's nice to stop for photos year round, parking is close by, try not to park on private property near by, a lot of the good photo angles are on peoples front property so try to be respectful  more »
  • A visit here transports a visitor back in time. The sound of horse's hooves click-clacking over the wooden boards is a sound to be savoured - and never forgotten. Bring your camera! 
    A visit here transports a visitor back in time. The sound of horse's hooves click-clacking over the wooden boards is a sound to be savoured - and never forgotten. Bring your camera!  more »
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  • Only remaining covered bridge in Ontario according to the sign. Picturesque scenery surrounding the bridge. Parking available at Leston Park located at 1232 Rivers Edge Dr. There’s a Lost Acre Variety store on the other end of the bridge if you need some refreshments. There used to be a small gift shop in a wood building right by the bridge but it closed last year. Sad it I didn’t make it through the pandemic. It’s not a very pretty bridge but it’s a cool stop if your in the area and like bridges or history.
  • A small covered and old bridge, and beautiful scenery around the grand river, close to the city of Waterloo. It was good if they put a sign and tell the visitors about the story of the bridge and why it's been called "Kissing Bridge"? There was a cute small store there with innovative signs that I liked. Seeing Amish people with their horses and carriages could give you a sense of being in a movie! :)
  • Cute little bridge in a very residential area. Private property in the area is *very well marked. There is a small parking lot just down the road - not suitable for anything larger than passenger vehicles. Worth a quick stop-in if you're in the area - iconic for movie buffs.
  • Fun fact! Scenes from the movie IT were filmed here. It's a great little spot for film buffs to snap some pics for nostalgia. It's also significant as the last covered bridge in Ontario and one of the oldest in Canada but double check that info. Now this is a small spot to visit. Lots of private property spaces with appropriate signage to let you know. Not a place for big family visits or big day trips. But it's a great little spot for local history buffs and film buffs.
  • Beautiful area for a drive and stop at the bridge. Would be nice to be able to have a picnic on the waterfront. Busy bridge and worth the visit

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