Parks Canada has invested in a new 113-metre suspension bridge to be experienced by hikers along the West Coast Trail.
The Logan Creek Suspension Bridge is located at the 56 km mark of the trail and is considered to be one of the longest in British Columbia, according to Parks Canada.
Hanging 40 metres above Logan Creek and located in the traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation, the bridge offers hikers views of where the body of water flows into the ocean.
Parks Canada is excited for hikers to experience the bridge now that it is installed, but the government organization says the task of building it wasn’t easy.
“The challenges of building the complex bridge in such a remote location almost made hiking the 75-km wilderness trail look like a walk in the park!” reads a statement from Parks Canada.
“All bridge components had to be transported to the site by helicopter, and old bridge components were removed in the same way to be recycled.”
Parks Canada says that each trip had to be strategically planned around the heavy rain, fog banks, and high winds in the area of the trail.
“Workers constructed the bridge with only the use of a small excavator and a limited assortment of equipment and tools light enough to be flown in,” continued Parks Canada.
“To minimize wildlife interactions, the contractor even transported a bear-safe storage container to the site for all food and waste and installed an electric fence around the worksite.”
Due to the location of Logan Creek, the suspension bridge is only accessible for registered West Coast Trail hikers and can’t be reached by car.
More information on the West Coast Trail can be found on the Parks Canada website.
A YouTube video, found here, has been put together by Parks Canada that also features the new suspension bridge.