The Covered Bridges of Nova Scotia
 
 

Many people think that New Brunswick was the only province in
Atlantic Canada that used Covered Bridges.
However Nova Scotia had a number of these bridges.
It's too bad that none are left standing today.
The following is a few pictures of the ones that I have collected so far.
If anyone has other pictures you are invited to send them to me for 
inclusion in this page.This page is just in the first stage and
I hope to have many more pictures of the Nova Scotia Covered Bridges
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Unknown Covered Bridge
This picture was submitted by Glenda Dean. She thinks it was taken in the 1940's somewhere between Pictou and Cumberland counties. I feel that it was someplace along the Northumberland Strait.
If any visitor to this site has and thing further on this please let me know. 
The picture was taken by  Logan Angevine who was from the Oxford area and lived in
Sunny Brae, Pictou County.
Aspen (Weeks) Covered Bridge 
Pictures of the Aspen Bridge were provided by Blair Morrow
Aspen Covered Bridge Built approx.. 1878
Shubenacadie Covered Bridge 1905
This picture is Courtesy of Hants County, Nova Scotia GenWeb Project
Kennetcook Covered Bridge 1964
Kennetcook Covered Bridge 1957
Kennetcook Covered Bridge Year taken 1953
Kennetcook was the site of the last wooden covered bridge in Nova Scotia. 
The bridge was almost 100 years old when it was removed in the early 1960
These pictures of the Kennetcook Covered Bridge were used with the 
permission of Kennetcook Community Visions Society 
 
Kennetcook Covered Bridge Year taken around 1940
 This picture was submitted by Stephen White
Kennetcook Covered Bridge Year taken 1953
If I ever saw a Christmas Card Scene, this is it.
 This picture was submitted by Stephen White
This bridge crossed the Avon River between Windsor and Falmouth. 
It was built in 1836 and was a toll bridge. It was destroyed by fire in 1888.
 
 Avonport Covered Bridge
This picture was submitted by James Custance
Avonport Covered Bridge
This picture was submitted by Don Cunningham and is from collection of George Colquhoun
Avonport  Bridge (Gaspereau River)
Avonport Bridge (Gaspereau River)
The Avonport Bridge was on the old Route 1 between Windsor and 
Wolfville crossing the Gaspereau River.
This was the most heavily traveled covered bridge in Nova Scotia.
It burned in the early 1950's and was replaced at that time with a Bailey Bridge.
In the early 1970's that was replaced by this new twin span steel bridge 
when the new Highway 101 was built.
 
Avonport Bridge (Gaspereau River) in the early 1950's
This picture was submitted by Jon Archibald of Peterborough, Ontario
Jon thought the picture was taken in the early 50's
Avonport Bridge (Gaspereau River) 
This picture was submitted by James Custance
Avonport Bridge (Gaspereau River) 1954
This picture was submitted by Don Cunningham and is from collection of George Colquhoun
 In this location stood the Port Williams Covered Bridge from 1835 to 1885
 
 Port Williams This bridge was built in 1835 and was in use until 1885 when it was replaced
by a iron bridge.
This bridge was built by the local business community and was a toll bridge until it was
sold to the crown for the sum of 800 pounds in 1856. It's length was 430 feet.
 
 Bridgetown Covered Bridge 1907
This picture was submitted by James Custance
 Bridgetown Covered Bridge
Bridgetown Covered Bridge
This picture was submitted by James Custance
Brickton Covered Bridge
This picture was submitted by Nova Scotia - Memories of Days Gone By Linda Bent
Lawrencetown Covered Bridge
This picture was submitted by James Custance
The Bayer's Covered Bridge.
This bridge was located on the Musquodoboit River just below Rolling's Mill.
This picture was taken around 1909
 
There were a number of other Covered Bridges in Nova Scotia.
The following is a partial list provided to me by Blair Morrow.
Cocamagon River on Highway 215
Milford
St.Croix
Stewiacke
Farmington (Milmot Area)
Sanster (Windsor Forks) Avon River #2

 
Text provided by Steven White
 It is ironic that the first covered bridge built in Nova Scotia was the last one left standing. 
The bridge was built in 1873 and torn down in 1967.
 A petition was put before the government in 1860 to build a bridge over the Kennetcook River. A bridge was required to allow materials, such as cordwood and logs, to get to the shipyards in Noel and Selma. The petitioners raised $250 and asked the government for an additional $400 to build the bridge. A contract was eventually awarded to Henry Ward, of Riverside, to build the bridge. Mr. Ward was very industrious man; he was a magistrate, a master carpenter, and the local undertaker as well. 
  Timber for the bridge was cut locally and whip sawed into planks. Whip sawing was done by putting the logs on a rack; a pit was dug below. With one man on top of the rack, and the other in the pit, the logs were then hand sawn into planks with a large handsaw. The man in the pit had to wear a veil to keep the sawdust off his face.  The men who done the whip sawing for the bridge were George and William White. The iron work for the bridge was done by  Albro Ettinger and William Barron. They were two local blacksmiths. The iron was brought in one inch bars and was forged into the proper shapes and sizes. The forge was fired by charcoal that was produced locally from green hardwood. A Hemlock bark fire was used as a welding fire. Both burned very hot. The lumber for the roof and sides was sawn at a mill owned by Daniel Blois. The mill had one up and down saw and was very slow. Rock for the foundation was brought in from a quarry near the Gore, about five miles away. 
  Wages for working on the bridge were about forty-five cents a day. Some work was statute labor, meaning each person was required to offer a certain amount of work to the government each year. 
 The bridge was built with a crown in the middle, in order to prevent sagging.  There were supposedly two reasons for the roof and sides on the bridge. On reason was to make it look like a barn so that animals would not be hesitant to cross it. The other reason was to protect the flooring. Since the original floorboards were not replaced until 1944, seventy-one years after the bridge was built.  The roof and sides worked well. 
In the early years, the bridge was lighted with a Kerosene lantern; this was lit at dark and usually burned out around midnight. This led to several accidents; one story is of Alfred White and Henry Ward Jr. running together with their horses and buggies inside the bridge. Mr. White’s horse was killed and Mr. Ward’s badly injured. Neither man was hurt in the accident. Over the years, the bridge switched to electrical lighting.
In the mid 1960’s, due to the size of the bridge, a drive was put on to have it removed and a new on put in its place. A “Bailey Bridge” was built on the downriver side of the covered bridge. The covered bridge was then torn down and the present bridge was built in its place. Some effort was made to save the bridge but lack of land to move it to and a thirty thousand-dollar price tag for the job stopped the salvation project. 

 
 
 
Links
 
A picture tour of the 64 remaining Covered Bridges of New Brunswick
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