A Manitoba Star Attraction!
The Souris Swinging Bridge is one of Manitoba’s Star Attractions. Since its construction, it became a popular visitor attraction and it is estimated that over 5,000 visitors cross the bridge every year. The first bridge was built in 1904 by Squire Sowden who wanted to improve access to town from his land on the east-side of the river in order to make it more attractive for potential buyers. The story of the Souris Swinging Bridge is one of resilience. Since 1904, the swinging bridge was reinforced in 1907, 1961 and yet again in 1974. The bridge was completely rebuilt after the floods of 1976 and 2011. The new design measures 184 metres (604 feet) tip to tip and regains the title of the longest swinging pedestrian bridge in Canada! Not all who visit the bridge have the courage to cross. Do you?
The current bridge was re-built in 2013, with a price tag of $3.9 million and is reflective of the original design, but with safety and long-term durability in mind. Bridging the river for 100 years, the Swinging Bridge remains our town’s most famous landmark. To learn more about the bridge and its history visit the Plum Museum and Visitor Centre where you’ll find an interactive SMARTBOARD showing images and videos of the 2011 flood, the new construction, and historical events. Even see a video of walking the old bridge! Entry by donation.