From the CN Tower to Niagara Falls, Ontario is home to some astounding landmarks. Equally as impressive is the international bridge on Zavikon Island, but it’s so small, you just might miss it.
Famously known for being the shortest international bridge in the whole world, the 32-foot long structure on the St. Lawrence River connects a Canadian island with an American one, and the story behind is truly bizarre.
Zavikon Island is located in the 1,000 Islands region. Two-thirds of these islands belong to Canada, and one-third belongs to the U.S., according to Atlas Obscura.
Zavikon, which is technically two islands, sits right on the border and because the land is owned by the same person, the bridge that connects the two is technically an international crossing.
However, Atlas Obscura says it’s believed by some that Zavikon Island is on the Canadian side of the border and that the bridge is just a scheme to attract tourists. These skeptics have been questioning the truth behind the Zavikon Island bridge since the 1880s.
If you want to see the bridge up close, you can check it out by boat. The 1,000 Islands Cruise takes you on a sightseeing tour of all the coolest spots in the region, including Zavikon Island.
Another Ontario bridge recently earned itself a place in the Guinness World Records. The Pickering structure is the longest enclosed pedestrian bridge on Earth, measuring in at 250 metres long. It crosses 14 lanes of Canada’s busiest highway, the 401, as well as six live rail tracks, and a two-lane roadway.