Mdaabii Miikna - One bridge on the road to Canada 150
By Garth Hardy
How do you build a one-tonne bridge at a crossing 8 km down a hike-in-only access trail? With know-how, elbow grease… and a helicopter! On Friday, September 2, 2016 members of the asset team at Pukaskwa National Park set to work constructing a foot bridge on the park’s new backcountry loop trail. Mdaabii Miikna (Anishinaabemowin for ‘Go to the Shore Trail’) is scheduled to open May 15, 2017.
A Pukaskwa National Park construction crew boated down the coast to access the construction site and receive the five-metre, ten-by-ten beams, slung in by helicopter. The result, a well-built and solid bridge on this exciting new addition to Parks Canada’s trail system on Lake Superior’s north shore.