THE GORGE

Length: 750 m (2500 ft.)
Height: 50 m (164 ft.)
Age: 15,000 years
Cause of formation: Melting of a glacier

The gorge’s formation is a phenomenon that spread over a very long period, with the latest glacial era taking place some 50,000 years ago. At that time, the Wisconsin glacier covered the region. Its melting formed Coaticook’s preglacial lake. The lake later became a river burrowed deep into thick layers of rock, some 15,000 years ago.

Although already impressive, the gorge deepens every year, while the Coaticook River forces its way through the rocky mass. In fact, the river’s depth increases of approximately 3 mm (0.1 in.) each year. Landslides allowed trees to take roots on the hillsides. The river stood up to barrages and dikes built by human hands. Here, nature regains its rights!

SUSPENDED FOOTBRIDGE

Year of construction: 1988
Particularity: Longest suspended footbridge in North America
Length: 169 m (554 ft.)
Height: 50 m (164 ft.)
Width: 2 m (6.5 ft.)
Capacity: 80 tons (800 persons of approximately 90 kg (200 lbs.))
Cost: $628,000

Built by local contractor Couillard Construction, the suspended footbridge is surely the most spectacular attraction of the park. The construction project spread over six months from July to December 1988. It was officially inaugurated on May 29, 1989.

Spreading over the river at 50 meters (164 ft.) high, the view of the gorge and surrounding scenery is exceptional. With its 169 m (554 ft.), it is the longest suspended footbridge in the world. And this is inscribed in the Guinness book of World Records.

Cables of 199 m (653 ft.) long, and 5 cm (2 in.) diameter, support the footbridge. It has a capacity of 80 tons, representing 800 persons of approximately 90 kg (200 lbs).



 
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