Data: 08/31/2015 21:24:49, add by DudleyGruntApproved
This BIT is located along the Lake Ontario Trail. Due to construction (until 2016), the best bet for parking is at N 43 17.814 W 79 47.646 (Hamilton side of the liftbridge); from the parking area, follow the trail under the bridge, climb the stairs and cross the bridge (there is a pedestrian walkway), then follow the trail to the BIT cache. You can also park at the lot near the corner of Eastport Drive and Lakeshore Rd: N 43 18.195 W 79 47.934. There is on-street parking anywhere in this area.
"The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge is located on the western shore of Lake Ontario on a site rich in history. The bridge spans the Burlington Canal that was opened in 1826. Once a narrow cut, the canal now provides Burlington Bay (Hamilton Harbour) with navigable access to the Atlantic Ocean. The canal connected the Hamilton Harbour industrial region to international trade and commerce. It was among a series of waterway projects begun, 200 years ago, to provide navigation from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean. Today the Burlington Canal remains a busy waterway and is vital to the area commerce."
"There were five different moveable bridges located on this site since 1830. The present bridge was opened in 1962 and carried two lanes of vehicular traffic across the canal. This structure originally had tracks for the Hamilton — Northwestern railway which were removed in 1982 when the road way was widened to four lanes."
"Since its installation, the bridge has been operated in excess of 166,380 times, allowing the passage of over 250,000 vessels. On a yearly basis, the bridge will operate approximately 4000 times allowing approximately 6500 vessels to pass through the canal; this includes more than 1000 cargo-carrying vessels."
Source: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ontario/burlington-eng.html, accessed 28 August 2015
A view of the Lift Bridge in action, not far from the BIT cache:
Cache maintenance log:
28 August 2015 – BIT Cache hidden and published on OCNA.
14 October 2016 – cache checked and found missing and has been replaced.
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On the fence, behind a red spruce