Fuji G617 archives: World’s longest covered bridge

31 12 2010

My Nova Scotia friend John and I did a road trip to Cape Breton, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island many years ago. One of our side trips was to the town of Hartland, New Brunswick to see the 1,282 foot Harland Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the world. It was officially opened on July 4, 1901.

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From the Harland, New Brunswick official website:

(http://www.town.hartland.nb.ca/html/bridge.htm):

A Wishing Bridge
The longest covered bridge in the world, at Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada, is a wishing bridge. When you enter the bridge, you make a wish, close your eyes, cross your fingers and hold your breath. Make certain you are not the driver! If you can do this for the entire length of the bridge, your wish is very likely to come true. This tradition is as old as the bridge. Sometimes it is varied by simply saying that you will have good luck if you can hold your breath until you have crossed the entire length of the bridge.

There is a sign at the entrance to the bridge with a note about it being a wishing bridge. Yes, I did try to hold my breath (and crossed my fingers) the entire jaunt over the bridge. It was not easy. Good thing they warn you to “make certain you are not the driver!

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