A few years ago I crossed Canada’s most famous bridge – The Confederation Bridge. I had gone to visit my friend in Nova Scotia, and since Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick were so close to Nova Scotia I decided to visit there as well.
Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the smallest province in Canada. Being an island you could fly there, or take a ferry, or you could drive across on the Confederation Bridge. The Confederation Bridge links Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, and it’s the longest bridge in the world that goes over iced covered water. There’s no toll to pay going into Prince Edward Island, but if you want to leave it will cost about $45 for a car. While that might seem pricey for a toll taking a ferry or flying to PEI would be even more expensive, and I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to visit this province.
I also wanted to drive across the Confederation Bridge, because it seemed pretty cool. Surprisingly one thing I remember about going across the Confederation Bridge was not realizing I was on the bridge right away. The drive from Moncton, New Brunswick to the Confederation Bridge takes about 90 minutes. I could see the Northumberland Strait (the body of water between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island). I don’t know if I was expect some giant sign with flashing lights saying You’re On The Confederation Bridge Right Now or what, but I was driving and it was only after a couple of minutes before I realized that, hey I was on the Confederation Bridge.
Surprisingly the crossing didn’t take as long as I’d thought it would. I had imagined just driving across a straight bridge, but The Confederation Bridge is curved to keep drivers alert for the 13km crossing – it also slopes up a bit too, but that’s so gradual you almost don’t notice it. It was however a little distracting to look on my GPS screen and see that I was technically in the ocean (well according to the GPS).
I enjoyed my visit to Prince Edward Island, but I was only there for one night. Next time I cross the Confederation Bridge I’ll spend some more time in PEI – to get my toll’s worth. Crossing the Confederation Bridge was certainly a unique experience, and an easy way to visit Prince Edward Island.
For more information on the Confederation Bridge include traffic and weather conditions please visit the Confederation Bridge Website. This was not a sponsored post – I’m just a travel nerd who liked writing about driving across a giant bridge.
Have you driven across the Confederation Bridge?