While it hasn’t “swung” in over 50 years Huntsville’s historic swing bridge is still a prominent landmark that is synonymous with downtown Huntsville. The first bridge was built out of wood in 1871. In 1938 the current bridge was constructed to allow passage for steamships travelling from the nearby train station through the Muskoka River to various lakeside resorts throughout Huntsville and
Lake of Bays.
Walk down to the bridge at the east end of Main St and watch from above as boats of all types cruise by underneath. The bridge offers pedestrian friendly walkways on both sides-while a bit narrower than a typical sidewalk, you are safely secured by the bridge structure’s extensive metal work protecting you from the passing traffic. At the top of the bridge you’ll see the bridgemaster’s cabin. This small building atop the bridge was the location where the swing bridge operator held his post. To catch a different view of the bridge, walk down to the edge of the Town Docks. From here you’ll see a vintage mural installation depicting a couple paddling in a canoe. The photo was taken in the 1940’s and is of Gordon and Maxine Thoms (however many mistake this photo for Tom Thomson and his girlfriend Winnie). The Thoms family were among the first settlers in the area. Just on the other side of the bridge on the waters edge there is a popular fishing spot where you’ll often see a few people casting a line.
Address: 90 Main Street, East, Huntsville, ON