The Board Landing Bridge

From 1855 to 1970, the Board Landing Bridge connected Lower Truro with Onslow.

The Board Landing Bridge was erected in 1855-56 to create a shortcut for the mail route between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Upper and Lower Canada. It also connected Onslow to Lower Truro, which were divided by the Salmon River. A resolution put forward in the Journals of the House of Assembly (1854-1855) stated that the construction of a bridge across the bay at Board Landing was considered to be “of great local as well as provincial importance.” The bridge replaced a ferry service (actually, a large canoe) that had transported people and goods across the Salmon River since 1773. 

This set of 23 photographs, dated from 1909 to 1954, show the steel truss Board River Bridge with three spans. They were taken by staff of the Nova Scotia Department of Highways to document the condition of the bridge and any repair work needed.

The most dramatic photographs document the aftermath of an accident that occurred on Tuesday, August 10th, 1954. The next day the Truro Daily News reported:

According to the police report, a large tractor trailer […] entered the bridge heading toward Truro. The small truck containing four people was approaching from the other direction. As the two vehicles met, the [tractor trailer] apparently slipped its moorings and crashed into the side of the bridge […]. Some moments elapsed then the entire bridge span gave way dropping into the river and carrying the small truck with it.

Fortunately, the four occupants (including an eight-month-old baby) survived the accident without serious injuries. It was reported as “nothing short of a miracle.” The collapsed steel span was replaced just a few days later with two wooden spans made of creosoted timber. 

The Board Landing Bridge closed permanently in 1970 when it was replaced by the bridge on Highway 102. All that remains of the bridge are two footings on each side of the Salmon River on Tidal Bore Road – now an excellent spot to watch the tidal bore!



The former location of the Board Landing Bridge