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Incredible Crossings

The History and Art of the Bridges, Tunnels and Inland Ferries That Connect British Columbia

by (author) Derek Hayes

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Nov 2022
Historical Geography, Post-Confederation (1867-), Western Provinces
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2022
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Historian and bestselling author Derek Hayes brings hundreds of colour photographs, archival images and illustrations together with a meticulously researched commentary on the bridges, tunnels and inland ferries that connect British Columbia.

The very nature of the topography of BC has meant that engineers have had to be innovative in their solutions to formidable barriers, and the province is home to a multitude of rivers and mountain torrents that had to be bridged to create both railway connections and the modern road network. Their vital nature was exposed in November 2021 when so many bridges in the Coquihalla and Nicola valleys were wrecked by floods and landslides, disrupting the entire province. British Columbia has over three thousand bridges, in a surprising variety, with uses ranging from crossing a river to bungee jumping, and many are graceful works of art and a tempting subject for the photographer.

There are collapses and demolitions by explosions as well as challenging bridge relocations. There are suspension bridges, and cable-stayed bridges, both wooden and steel trusses. There were once five covered bridges and one is still left today. Photographer and historian Derek Hayes traversed the province to find crossings with the most interesting stories and structures, combining artistic images and intriguing history in a book for anyone with an interest in engineering, transportation history and the story of the province of British Columbia itself.

About the author

Derek Hayes is the author of the bestselling Historical Atlas Series, which includes the Historical Atlas of Canada, Historical Atlas of Vancouver and the Lower Fraser Valley, Historical Atlas of Toronto and Historical Atlas of the United States. He holds two degrees in geography and worked for a time as a planner with the Vancouver City Planning Department and as a real estate consultant. He lives in White Rock, B.C.

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