A Bridge and The Witch’s Hat

Throughout our outings on the trail over the summer, I had been looking forward to finally reaching the town of Uxbridge located about an hour’s drive northeast of Toronto.

Uxbridge is a pretty little town well-known for its miles and miles of trails for walking, cycling, and snowmobiling (obviously in winter).  Added to the promise of well-marked  trails was a write-up I’d read about a heritage trestle bridge.

No – this is not the trestle bridge, but it was a great day to be on the trail

This particular section of the Trans-Canada Trail was a former rail line and the old wooden trestle bridge was a promised feature.  However, if Helen hadn’t been paying attention and stopped to read a sign on the side of the trail, I would have missed the bridge completely.

I was acutely aware of the many shades of craziness than drove me to attempt climbing down the steep bank clinging to small trees, and at one point creeping into a crawl space underneath the short bridge to get a better view of the wooden beams.


This bridge looks so much longer than it really was.  It was short … really short.

Our journey through town produced some interesting surprises – like the old train station, built in 1904 by the Grand Trunk Railway.  Known as the Witch’s Hat, it is now a small railway museum which includes a rail yard full of old train cars.  I’m not a serious train enthusiast, but even I wandered around the cars with great interest.


I deviated from the trail to capture this photo.  This rail bed leads from the Witch’s Hat to the trestle bridge.  The Trans-Canada passes through town instead of following this rail bed.

I’m aware that an update on our progress is overdue.  Hopefully I will slow down long enough in the next few weeks to prepare a status of the journey to date.



  1. The sky is just perfect in the first image with puffy little clouds! The Witches hat roof on the train station is neat. It’s a cute little station.

    I’ve climbed down a few hills to get a closer look, perspective, or waterfall image. I went tumbling down some too. I’m so glad you didn’t! The bridge is neat, and I think worth the climb down for that perspective.
    Stay safe out there! xx


  2. That train station is appropriately named – how cool. About the craziness of trying to get the best photo of that bridge – kudos that you didn’t injure yourself – ha! Looks like it was a beautiful day.


    • Thank you. I was determined to get a decent shot of that bridge and in the end, the steep embankment and all the trees defeated me. However, I decided the story was not the photo of the bridge, but the process of trying to get it 🙂


    • Wasn’t September’s weather such a welcome relief from the wet, cool summer we had?! I got out every chance I could and it still didn’t feel like enough!

      Uxbridge was a bit of a surprise to me. First, it was much further away than I thought and much bigger. Add into it their long history (who knew?!) and it’s a beautiful place to visit.
      This is what traversing the ‘underbelly’ of our province is all about … discovering the backroads and communities we wouldn’t otherwise have a reason to see.

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  3. This might not have been your ideal scenery, Joanne, but it sure made my day. Trestle bridge, train tracks, railroad station, trains – what’s not to love? It looks like you had a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing your find.


  4. When I saw ‘Witch’s Hat’ in the title I was sure you were going for a Halloween theme. What a nice surprise to see that beautiful little train station instead. The roof really does look like a witch’s hat.


  5. I read the word Uxbridge and thought, what on earth is Jo doing in England, and Uxbridge of all places! (it’s practically on the M25). Then I saw the photos and realised that this was a different Uxbridge altogether. A very pretty one and I do appreciate your efforts to capture the trestle bridge for us. The railway station is very cute too 🙂


    • You have no idea how much it confuses me sometimes too. I’ll often be searching for something online only to discover I’ve been given results for England instead of Ontario :/

      It seems that our forefathers were totally lacking in imagination.

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    • I guessed I wouldn’t be the only one who would have been compelled to try the descent 🙂
      Sanity did prevail though and I didn’t venture down too far … a turned ankle or blown-out knee wouldn’t have been a good result!

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  6. Hi, Joanne – Thank you for this update. I’m impressed by your dexterity and bravery in climbing down the steep bank to get a better look, and photo, of the wooden beams. I look forward to reading more!


    • I don’t know about the dexterity part 😉
      I was in running shoes rather than hiking boots and had zero grip on that embankment. It really was a bit of folly trying to creep down. I think poor Helen was probably wondering if she’d end up calling 911 🙂


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