This community is home to the world’s longest covered bridge, built to reduce bridge maintenance, both from clearing heavy shows from bridges and from repairs due to rot or snowplough damage. While a covered bridge might last 50 years, and uncovered one only lasted ten years. The bridges also were designed to look like barns, to make animals more at ease inside, especially with the sound of rushing water underneath. These bridges were also called ‘kissing bridges’ because young men and women did so when their horses ‘happened’ to stop while inside.
The town was settled in the mid-1800s and was first called Beckaguimeck, after the neighbouring stream, and was shortly simplified to Becaguimic. The community finally became Hartland in 1868, likely for its central location in Carleton County The town has 3.5 km of nature trails, a scenic lookout.
Hartland Potato Festival (early July), Paint the Heartland Artist Show (late July),
Hartland Covered Bridge
Off Route 2 (TCH) between 103 and 105
390 metres (1282 ft) long bridge across the Saint John River is over 100 years old and is the longest in the world. It’s so long that you need to put your car headlights on when you cross it.
Becaguimec River No 3 Covered Bridge
Foster Rd, off Mainstream Rd
This 97’8″ bridge, built in 1909, is located in the Woodstock area off Route 104, near Coldstream, off the Mainstream Road on
North Becaguimec River No 1 Covered Bridge
Furlong Rd, at Cloverdale
This 68′ bridge, built in 1948m is located 13 km east of Hartland near Coldstream, Route 104 on the Furlong Road.
North Becaguimec River No 4 Covered Bridge
Ellis Rd, near Lower Windsor
This bridge is located beyond Coldstream, on Route 104 near Windsor on Ellis Road. Built by Howe Truss in 1909, it has a span of span of 60′ and a length of 63′.
This park has an award winning playground, arena, public pools, wading pool, tennis courts, ball diamond, picnic area and nature trail.