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Longest Snowmobile Bridge in World in West Carleton

West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association responsible for rehabilitating inter-provincial rail bridge

Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton was pleased to take part in the official opening of the longest snowmobile bridge in the world, stretching across the Ottawa River and linking West Carleton to Quebec.  The West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association received funding from the federal and provincial governments to go towards their project of rehabilitating the inter-provincial rail bridge just east of Galetta.

The Government of Ontario provided $142,086 to the project. The Government of Canada invested $170,520, while the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association contributed $113,694.

The bridge is half-kilometer and the rehabilitation included the installation of hardwood decking, rails, and signs to ensure the bridge is compliant with the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs’ bridge guidelines and the Ontario Motorized Snow Vehicle Act. These improvements will provide a safe alternative to crossing the Ottawa River.

At the official ribbon-cutting opening, MPP Fullerton commented, “It’s exciting to have this bridge connecting Quebec trails to our network through the Ottawa Valley. The bridge is a tremendous recreational asset for our community.”  

“It’s great for sledders who can now enjoy this countryside and have a chance to enjoy the scenes and trails on the Quebec side of the Ottawa Valley. The increased traffic in the communities of Fitzroy and Dunrobin – and beyond – will be great for our local businesses,” said Fullerton.

The MPP praised the work of the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association, “Volunteer contributions of the snowmobile Association have added fun and new experiences for the association’s membership and for the sledders who will be visiting our community from Ontario and Quebec. The Association’s volunteers have also enriched our community – by providing us an example of people coming together to complete a project and enhance a local recreational activity.”   

“I congratulate Paul McDonald and the West Carleton snowmobile members on their leadership and vision in moving this project forward. I am sure this day brings with it a great sense of accomplishment. And so it should. Congratulations to all involved,” says MPP Fullerton.