The Victoria Bridge which is considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the world, is located at the foot of Rue Bridge in Montréal. This landmark was completed in the year 1859 and during its peak construction years six steamboats, 72 barges, 3040 men (of which there were several children between the ages of 8-12), 144 horses, and four locomotive engines were required to erect this Eighth Wonder of the world at a cost of $6,600,000.
South Shore Bridges over the years
Here is a look at the south shore bridges that that have served the residents of St. Lambert over the years. Champlain, the newest in the group, is being dismantled after 57 years of use. The two oldest, Victoria and Jacques Cartier are still going strong. New Champlain has been running smoothly for three years and this September will see a light rail train using the centre of the span connecting the south shore to down town Montreal.
The Ice Bridges
It has been a long time since the St. Lawrence River has frozen over and longer still since horses walked on water, frozen or otherwise. Old Christmas trees mark the route that leads to Moffat’s Island. I believe this photo must have been at the bottom of Victoria Avenue near where they also ran trains over the ice. Before the Seaway was constructed you could see old railway ties in the water just before the little set of rapids. A good spot for fishing when we were young.
On the way to cut ice
Remnants of ice train bridge to Moffat’s Island
Victoria Bridge Completed in 1859
Before the Seaway
St. Lambert side with Seaway Locks
Jacques Cartier Bridge Completed 1931
Old Champlain Bridge Completed in 1962
The main span over the seaway shipping channel was finally taken down last month. Removal had to wait until shipping traffic stopped as they operation took several days and could have led to a disaster if it had been dropped on a ship. Once down it was moved by barge to the Brossard shore.
New Champlain Bridge Completed 2019
The bridge is lit up most nights with an ever changing variety of colors
The new Champlain with the still intact old Champlain just upstream.