MP Stanton celebrates the historical significance of Canal Lake Arch Bridge



    KIRKFIELD, ON, Aug. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament
for Simcoe North, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, today
announced the unveiling of a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
plaque commemorating the national historic significance of Canal Lake Arch
Bridge, which spans the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of
Canada, near Bolsover, Ontario.
    "Canal Lake Concrete Arch Bridge NHSC embodies the best of Canada's
cultural icons in the area of our built heritage, " said MP Stanton, "and that
is why I am so proud to be a part of such a historic commemoration."
    Bridges on the Trent-Severn Waterway were and continue to be an essential
link in the transportation system throughout Central Ontario. In the
developmental years of the region, they served society in a number of
important ways such as facilitating settlement, agriculture and commerce.
Today, they have become icons of our country's cultural and built heritage.
    This reach of the Waterway is remarkable for having remained essentially
unmodified since its construction in 1900-1907. The Canal Lake Arch Bridge,
built in 1905, spans the historic Trent- Severn Waterway midway between the
communities of Bolsover and Kirkfield. The bridge is 202 feet in length and
16 feet wide. With a vertical reach of 29 feet, the arch forms an almost
complete semi- circle, providing ample clearance for vessels to navigate the
Waterway. Very few mass concrete bridges were built in North America making
Canal Lake Arch Bridge an important and unique part of our cultural and built
heritage.

    Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises
the Minister of the Environment regarding the national historic significance
of places, people and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement
of a commemorative plaque represents an official recognition of historic
value. It is one means of informing the public about the richness of our
cultural heritage, which must be preserved for present and future generations.




For further information:

For further information: Colin Old, Communications Officer, Central
Ontario Field Unit, Parks Canada, (705) 687-4261, extension 24; Peter Frood,
Superintendent, Central Ontario Field Unit, Parks Canada, (705) 750-4919;
(Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.)


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