Confederation Bridge, PEI
About Confederation Bridge, PEI
The Confederation Bridge, also known as the "fixed link," crosses the Abegweit Passage of the Northumberland Strait, connecting Prince Edward Island (PEI) to mainland New Brunswick, Canada. The bridge first opened on May 31, 1997, and has been maintained since then by the Strait Crossing Bridge Limited. Costing over 1.3 billion dollars to construct, the bridge was a major undertaking.
At 8 miles long, it is the world's biggest bridge over ice-covered water, and it's one of Canada's greatest engineering achievements of the 21st century. The bridge is composed of a highway with two lanes, accessible via the Trans-Canadian Highway - between Borden-Carlton, PEI, and Cape Journeyman, New Brunswick.
When crossing the bridge from PEI to New Brunswick, be sure to bring money for the toll. Check the fees ahead of time. As of 2009, drivers pay $42.50 per vehicle (if your vehicle has more than two axles, you'll be asked to pay a fee of $7.00 for each additional axle). Motorcyclists pay $17.00.
For safety reasons, pedestrians and cyclists must cross via shuttle, which operates 24 hours a day: pedestrians pay $4.00, and cyclists $8.00. The Bridge tolls are round-trip. They are paid upon leaving PEI at the toll plaza in Borden-Carleton.