One of my VERY fav things to do in the whole wide world when traveling is to come upon new discoveries myself without having read about them first.
And such was the case when I went on an adventure in search of my bucket list must-see, the old Alexandria Bridge.
It’s a well known icon in our area, built in 1863 as part of the gold rush wagon road, that has morphed into a walking path. Many photographers head down there for one of the most gorgeous backdrops EVER.
So during my little cabin getaway, I was only under an hour away. This was one of the reasons I so very badly wanted to return after my first initial two-night stay. I needed to check out that bridge!
As I navigated the new-to-me roadway, I was delighted to find that it was an easy drive from Hope, BC. As in, it wasn’t race track-like at all. You know how some highways are… This one had super easy curves and was mostly flat, running through various tunnels through the stunning Fraser Canyon. I wish I could have stopped to take some pictures, however there were no turn-offs.
As I was cruising along, I could finally spot the bridge well below the grade of the highway and wondered how on EARTH I’d walk down there!
Carefully watching for signs, I came upon a neat old building that was most certainly a head turner.
The Alexandria Lodge appeared to have turned into an antiques / junk store! Well I’ll be…
This. THIS! This is the kinda thing I live for when travelling. It really reminded me of old Americana type towns I ran into while down South.
My first must have was this old glass-less window frame. The wood tone was delicious, and for only $10?! Mine.
You can see the window being put to use on my Buffalo Checked patio setup HERE.
Another fab find was this oak frame. I don’t know what it was, but wouldn’t that make one decadent chalkboard or bulletin board?! The thing is TALL. Nearly as tall as I am.
I brought a few other things home you’ll eventually see in some blog posts. But what I loved most about this place is the fact that they stocked antiques AND pure ‘ol rusty what-the-heck-is-that junk.
After I handed over the cash for the goods, I was informed that I had passed the bridge. What?! There weren’t any signs, just a rest area!
Rest assured, the new directions I got were sound. I head back the way I came, parked at ‘the rest area’ and saw an Alexandria Bridge sign. Only viewable from one side of the highway. That’s just weird.
So if you are looking for the bridge and come to the junk lodge first, go shopping then turn around! Best whoops ever I say.
So the deal with this bridge is, it is located lower than the highway, however with beautifully cut paths curving towards it, it was an easy and delightful wander.
Curve after curve wove through the forest. It was gorgeous! And fairly populated. Something I always note while travelling on my own due to wild life, etc.
And then, there it was…
This is how I felt the moment my eyes laid on the Bow Bridge in New York. You see it forever in pictures, but once YOU see it up close and personal, you feel a wave of high-five gratification wash over you.
There were lots of people milling around, however I took my time enjoying the view, and patiently waited for an empty bridge to capture.
Never rush a good thing!
The view from the sides was pretty spectacular. I wish the photos could truly capture what I saw.
I call this area Boulder Island. (just made it up) It looked like someone plunked down a big ‘ol boulder from the middle of the ocean onto the shore, complete with sprouting trees. Cool feature!
If you ever have the chance to drive through the Fraser Canyon East of Hope, do it! It’s truly where Beautiful BC gets its infamous tag line on all our license plates I’m sure!
After a bazillion pictures, there was one more stop on the map that was a new-to-me must peek.
Lake of the Woods with ‘that water’ was a jaw dropper! Not much of a beach though, but the mere sight of that water was STUNNING.
Anyway, this may just be a big ‘ol bridge to most, but to me it was a brave unknown drive, gifted with a hefty side of junk!
And I label that a very good bucket list adventure day indeed…
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