The Confederation Bridge "Paddling to PEI"

Little Shemogue, New Brunswick

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There are two main types of sea kayaking trips. One is about touring, traveling along a predetermined route to explore a coastline, poking in and out of inlets, and playing in currents as only a kayak can. The other is about being in a particular place. Paddling beside the Confederation Bridge is the latter. After all, a three-hour open water crossing, with the far side visible for much of the way, is hardly a sea kayak tour. It takes longer to figure out the right tide times than it does to cross the Northumberland Strait beneath the bridge. Paddling from Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick, to Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island, is definitely about being there. The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge ever built over water that freezes, and its anticipated hundred-year life span is double the expectancy The Confederation Bridge of most bridges. It is described as a “smart bridge” because of the computerized devices built in to monitor and diagnose its responses to ice forces, heat stresses, traffic loads, vibration rates and myriad other factors. Governments, universities and engineers all cooperated on this technology to create a structure that will help determine how other bridges are built in the future.

The Confederation Bridge: "Paddling to PEI" Professional Review and Guide

"There are two main types of sea kayaking trips. One is about touring, traveling along a predetermined route to explore a coastline, poking in and out of inlets, and playing in currents as only a kayak can. The other is about being in a particular place. Paddling beside the Confederation Bridge is the latter. After all, a three-hour open water crossing, with the far side visible for much of the way, is hardly a sea kayak tour.

It takes longer to figure out the right tide times than it does to cross the Northumberland Strait beneath the bridge. Paddling from Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick, to Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island, is definitely about being there. The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge ever built over water that freezes, and its anticipated hundred-year life span is double the expectancy The Confederation Bridge of most bridges. It is described as a “smart bridge” because of the computerized devices built in to monitor and diagnose its responses to ice forces, heat stresses, traffic loads, vibration rates and myriad other factors. Governments, universities and engineers all cooperated on this technology to create a structure that will help determine how other bridges are built in the future."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Little Shemogue
Distance: 10
Duration: Overnight trip
Season: Best in summer
Local Contacts: Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area
Local Maps: 4406 - Tryon Shoals to Cape Egmont 1:75,600
Driving Directions: Directions to The Confederation Bridge: "Paddling to PEI"

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