Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park
IUCN Category III - Natural Monument or Feature
The Alexandra Bridge 1926
The Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is a 55 hectare Provincial Park just south of the Canadian province of British Columbia. The park is located on the Trans-Canada Highway ( Highway 1), about 40 kilometers north of Hope in the Fraser Valley Regional District. At this point, crossed the highway the Fraser River.
Although the name suggests otherwise, the Alexandra Bridge is not within the park.
The park is a part on a narrow strip of land between the Trans-Canada Highway and the Fraser River. In this case, this part of the park is still intersected by a railroad line of the Canadian National Railway. On the other side of the highway, the park continues then.
In the park is a protected area category III ( Natural Monument ).
The park was established in 1984 and takes its name from the bridge of the same name. Named after the bridge was Alexandra of Denmark, the wife of the future King Edward VII
The park is located in the traditional hunting and settlement area of the Nlaka'pamux and the Sto: Lo. Probably since about 9000 years, these use the area already. The First Nations use the area but still on fisheries in the Fraser River.
Today's Alexandra Bridge is the first bridge at this location over the Fraser River. The first bridge was built here by the Europeans was built in 1863 by Joseph William Trutch. Up to this point the traveler on the Cariboo Wagon Road had to cross the Fraser River here by boat. Although the bridge was built in behalf of the state, Joseph Trutch could raise as pay a bridge toll. This first wooden bridge, however, had existed only until 1894. Then it was destroyed by a flood and completely demolished in 1912.
Until the construction of a new bridge took another year. Only in the 1920s was begun and the project was completed 1926. This steel bridge was then used until the construction of the new highway bridge in 1964. The new highway bridge stands about 2 kilometers to the south on Fraser River than the old bridge. The old bridge stands today at the north end of the park. Here there is also a short stretch of the old Cariboo Wagon Road.
The majority of the visitors are travelers on the Trans-Canada Highway. The only attraction of the park is the old Alexandra Bridge there.
In the park there is a so-called Day -use park, which means that it has no parking for RVs and tents, but he has a simple plumbing system.