Wasauksing swing bridge

Find the operating schedule and the bridge's status.

Pier and Fender Rehabilitation: Marine traffic delays

In-water work for the reconstruction of the Wasauksing Swing Bridge pier and fender system is underway and expected to be complete in mid-September 2021. To support this critical infrastructure project, marine traffic has been reduced to one lane. Marine vessel operators are asked to respect all warning markers and signage, reduce their speed while boating in the area, and follow the directions of the bridge operator via Marine Channel 6 and security vessels in the bridge's vicinity. This restriction will remain in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the construction work has been completed.

The bridge will swing as per the operating schedule. Please expect significant delays through the South Channel at peak hours during weekends and holidays.

For up-to-the-minute bridge status, check with the bridge operator directly at 705-746-9620.

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About the Wasauksing Swing Bridge

The historic Wasauksing Swing Bridge, originally built in 1895, is the Wasauksing First Nation's only road access to the mainland and an important crossing for area residents and visitors. The bridge is owned and maintained by the Government of Canada through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and operated by the Wasauksing First Nation.

As of July 5, 2017, the bridge's operating schedule has been restricted in order to maintain the bridge's safety and integrity. These restrictions have been approved by Transport Canada's Navigation Protection Program, and will remain in effect throughout the 2021 navigation season.

ISC continues to work closely with the First Nation and federal partners to identify a long-term solution for safe, continued access to and from the First Nation.

Operating schedule

The bridge will swing open for water-based traffic from April 15, 2021 to November 26, 2021 at the following times:

April 15 to June 14, 2021

  • The bridge will swing daily at: 7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1:15 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm
  • The first swing for the 2021 navigation season will be on April 15, 2021 at 7 am

June 15 to August 31, 2021

  • The bridge will swing daily at: 7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1:15 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm

September 1 to November 26, 2021

  • The bridge will swing daily at: 7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1:15 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm
  • The last swing for the 2021 navigation season will be on November 26, 2021 at 7 pm

Exceptions

  • The bridge will not open on the hour when the 10-minute average wind speed, 10 minutes prior to the hour (for example, 1:50 pm), exceeds 30 km/hr. If it did not open on the hour, it will open at the half hour (for example, 3:30 pm) if the 10-minute average wind speed 10 minutes prior to the half hour (for example, 3:20 pm) is 30 km/hr or less.
  • The bridge will not open to navigation in the event of a land-based emergency.

Opening on demand

  • The bridge will open on demand for any water-based emergencies when the wind speed is 30 km/hr or less.
  • In the event of a land-based emergency and water-based emergency occurring at the same time, the land-based emergency will be dealt with first and then the bridge will be opened to accommodate the water-based emergency.

Bridge status and wind speeds

The Wasauksing Swing Bridge is equipped with electronic signs displaying current average wind speeds, which are updated every 30 minutes.

For up-to-the-minute information on wind speeds and bridge status, please call the bridge operator directly at 705-746-9620, or tune in to VHF channel 6.

For all other inquiries, please call our public information line at 807-624-5900.

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