A brand new bridge just outside of St Pierre has linked a 200 km historical trail with its original pathway.

“The Crow Wing Trail was a Red River ox cart trail that was used in the mid-1800s to transport goods from St Paul, Minnesota to Winnipeg,” explains President of the Crow Wing Trail Association Murielle Bugera.

The old bridge had broken down and was eventually disassembled when deemed unsafe. After a number of years detouring on Provincial Road 205, Bugera says Manitoba Infrastructure felt increased traffic had made it unsafe.

“Trail users are looking for safe places to walk and bike,” offers Bugera, “so, this is going to be something that’s close to the Town of St Pierre, close to the new development in the RM of De Salaberry, and it’s going to be a bit of a destination that people will be able to go and enjoy nature.”

Connection, and Canadian Company of Pilgrims.

“We’ll have a ribbon-cutting event in a few weeks when the bridge is ready to access,” she informs, and we’ll be able to brag about these donors at that time.”