Alexandra Bridge Preservation and Park Site Visioning Project In partnership with the Spuzzum First Nation
NPTGS has been working with the project lead Spuzzum First Nation since 2009 to save the historic 1926 Alexandra Bridge and develop the adjacent 55-hectare Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park site’s heritage tourism potential. The rocky narrows the bridge spans has been a transportation hub for 10,000 years, making it B.C.’s original Gateway Project. The area contains a wealth of heritage tourism assets and stories that span First Nations, Gold Rush and Chinese history. Two national railways embrace the site on either side of a spectacular canyon.
The project partners have consulted with the community, local businesses, all levels of government and CN Rail to develop an exciting vision of the site’s potential. They’re developing a business plan and working closely with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, which is responsible for the 1926 Alexandra Bridge. The project partners continue to work towards preserving and restoring the bridge, which is an icon of Canadian transportation history.
As part of their efforts to build public and political support for the project, the Spuzzum First Nation has held their First Fish Ceremony in their traditional territory at the Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park picnic area. This millennia-old ceremony gives thanks and shows appreciation for abundance of the natural resources that sustain us all.