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The village of Wakefield, located on the Gatineau River in the province of Quebec, has a beautiful covered bridge. You might be surprised to learn that the bridge was built in 1997.

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The original covered bridge at this site was constructed in 1915. It was destroyed by fire in 1984. Three years later, local volunteers established a committee with the goal of building a new bridge. It would be faithful in structure to the original bridge, but intended for pedestrian and cyclist traffic only. Fundraising for the $600,000 needed got underway and by 1994, sufficient money had been raised to begin construction.

All of the structural wood used in the walls, floor and roof of the bridge is Douglas Fir. It was milled from boom logs formerly used in log drives on the Gatineau River. The walls and roof trusses were constructed in Wakefield and then moved to the bridge site. They were mounted on the concrete piers of the original bridge. In 1997, local volunteers sealed and stained the pine siding.

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A bronze plaque was mounted in time for the official opening of the bridge on October 4, 1998. The bridge stands as a beautiful, stalwart reminder of Wakefield’s history and the continuing dedication of the community.

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Ever since we visited the Great Canadian Bungee Jump site last summer following a hike in the Gatineau region, I have had a hankering to try the zipline ride.

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There’s no way I would even consider bungee jumping. Just walking out on the platform would terrify me! But I thought the zipline, or Ripride as they call it, would be cool. The bungee jump and Ripride are set in a mined-out quarry that is now filled with strikingly aqua-blue water. There is a tall tower and platform for the bungee jump, while the Ripride starts from a platform to the right of the bungee jump.

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The Ripride is a 1015 ft. cable slide. It starts 200 ft. above the water and the cable carries you out over the water. A landing platform where you dismount is set in the middle of the little lake.

With the end of summer on the horizon, Seabrooke and I decided we had to make the trip out to Gatineau soon, and this Wednesday we finally made it! Seabrooke kindly recorded these photos of my ride.

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The scariest part of the ride was the anticipation. The ride itself is fun, an exhilarating rush. Seabrooke and I thought we might go back next year, but if we don’t make it, we’re satisfied that we have met the challenge.

A special thank you to Seabrooke for indulging my whim to try the ride and being my partner in adventure! We finished up the day with supper in Wakefield, the little town just north of the Great Canadian Bungee Jump. It was a fun day.

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