There are two bridges here: The Garden City Sky Way and a lift bridge, which is down so traffic can pass over it. The two bridges are needed as the lift bridge carries local traffic and the skyway, a major highway - the Queen Elizabeth Way - between Toronto and the United States border.
The Welland Canal (part of the St. Lawrence Seaway) allows HUGE ships to travel from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, bypassing Niagara Falls.
Raising the lift bridge, as seen from the west side
The lift bridge is raised to allow a combination barge/tugboat to pass through from west to east. (I was standing on the west side.)
Although the Welland Canal can handle 30 freighters a day, only two passed through the day I was there, just two weeks into the Great Lakes shipping season. What luck for me and my camera that the first one came through as we were shooting the bridges!
Barge/tugboat passing through, as seen from the east side
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