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On the province's eastern tip, Bayfield was the staging area for construction of the Confederation Bridge, built in 1997 to link Borden-Carleton on Prince Edward Island with Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick, and the mainland. Construction costs were around $1 billion. The 12.9-kilometre (8-mi.) span is the world's longest over ice-covered waters. A $45 toll is charged per private vehicle from Prince Edward Island to Bayfield; there is no toll from Bayfield to Prince Edward Island.
It is believed that centuries before the bridge was built, Mi'kmaq Indians launched their canoes from Cape Jourimain to cross Northumberland Strait. In the 19th century, winter crossings were made with iceboats equipped with runners; passengers had to get out and push the boats over frozen stretches.
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Cape Jourimain Provincial Visitor Information Centre 5039 Hwy. 16 BAYFIELD, NB E4M 3Z8. Phone:(506)538-2133
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