Julia P.

Espanola, Ontario

Surrey Regional Heritage Fair

Espanola Bridges

This project is about Espanola Bridges over the Spanish River between 1900 and 2014. There have been 3 bridges. One collapsed in 1952 and that is where the idea for the project started.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I found the most interesting thing was that there has been 3 bridges over the Spanish River. I thought there had only been one, the one that is there now. The other bridges were smaller and sometimes only one lane wide.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that there have been 3 bridges over the Spanish River. One bridge collapsed in 1952. The current bridge has been there for 44 years. I discovered that my community has worked hard to build bridges to let people, and products get in and out of Espanola.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The first bridge allowed people to bring food, other people, and products to Espanola instead of bringing them by boat or train. The bridges allow people to get in and out of Espanola faster and easier. This bridge is very busy now, compared to the first one. The bridges have drawn more people to Espanola and Manitoulin Island.