There’s a scenic stroll in Ontario that will take you on a fascinating walk through time. It’s in the quaint village of Lyndhurst, which is home to a fascinating piece of history — Ontario’s oldest bridge.

This charming stone bridge dates way back to the 1850s, according to the Ontario Heritage Trust.

The picturesque three-arch bridge is a “fine example of masonry arch construction” here in our province.

It was designed by John Roddick, an employee of a prominent local mill owner.

The bridge was “built of local field stone, laid in random courses, and is unadorned except for the sandstone wall caps and arch surrounds,” says the Trust.

To preserve the bridge and its craftsmanship, the Lyndhurst Bridge was restored back in the 1980s, and you can still visit it today!

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The water that flows under the bridge is actually connected to the Gananoque River and the St. Lawrence.

The bridge is just one of several attractions in the scenic village of Lyndhurst.

The community dates back to 1802. Back then, it was a bustling town with two hotels, factories, mills, churches, a bank, two cheese factories, and even a carriage and wagon maker, says the town’s website.

Today, it’s a much quieter place, but the tranquility is an inviting atmosphere for artists and photographers to enjoy the scenery.

It’s also a haven for canoe and kayak enthusiasts, wildlife watchers, and those who enjoy fishing.

According to 1000 Islands Tourism, it welcomes thousands of seasonal residents and tens of thousands of visitors every year.

They state that it is also widely known for Rock Dunder and its views of surrounding lakes and woodlands.

“It’s the perfect mix of heritage, culture, and outdoor activities,” says the tourism site.

If you plan to visit Lyndhurst during the summer months, bring cash so you can take advantage of the roadside stands that feature local produce!

And if you’re looking for more historic bridges to visit in Ontario, check out the covered Kissing Bridge!

Safe travels!