Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is absolutely breathtaking anytime of year. Some say it is Ontario’s most scenic suspension bridge, and we wouldn’t disagree. It’s also the only pedestrian bridge of its kind in Canada, built by engineers in the Canadian Forces (8Wing CFB Trenton, to be exact) as part of a training project in 2003. Since then, millions of visitors have come for the view and the adjoining Ferris Provincial Park.
Located in the southern outskirts of Campbellford, the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is one of many entry points into Ferris Provincial Park. Campbellford is a small town in Northumberland County, in the south of Ontario. It is approximately 170 km northeast of Toronto and 250 km southwest of Ottawa. Ferris Provincial Park rests just south of the township, connecting with both the Trent-Severn Waterway (via the Trent River) and Trans Canada Trail.
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Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is a stunning feature in Ferris Provincial Park. The bridge attracts thousands of visitors each year, first to the bridge and then into the magnificent landscape beyond. The bridge, however, is only a small part of the park; an entry point to a natural wonderland.
There are three access points for the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge, dependent on the time of year you visit. The first access point is through the Park’s Gatehouse on County Road, in Campbellford. The Ferris Gatehouse is located on the eastern side of the Park and requires an entrance fee before you trek through to the bridge. It’s a relaxing walk through beautiful scenery and connecting with the hiking network known as the Trans Canada Trail. Check the official Ontario Parks website for accessibility, as the Gatehouse is known to close during winter months.
Alternatively, you can reach the suspension bridge from a second location on the other side of the park, near Locks 11 and 12 on Trent Drive in Campbellford. Park your car near the locks, then walk across the swing bridge and follow the signs to the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge. From this direction, you can easily access the trail system into Ferris Provincial Park.
There’s also a third and lesser known path to the bridge, a favourite for the locals. Past Kennedy Park, on Saskatoon Avenue, the road ends at the boundary of Ferris Provincial Park. From here you will find one of the most scenic trails in the region. The walk is a little more adventurous, with a few rocks to climb, but the elevated view of the river is worth every moment. When the forest tranquility opens out to Ranney Falls, the sight will take your breath away. The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is just a few minutes beyond the Falls.
Take the time to continue the walk south and explore along the river’s edge. It is a popular site for turtles as they bask in the sun and feed in the nearby wetlands. In July, the Park hosts its annual Turtle Day, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about turtles and their habitats.
If watching the turtles leaves you wishing for a swim, head back to Kennedy Park for the local swimming pool and splash pad. It is the perfect place to cool down after your hike. Across the road from the water park is Picnic Island Park, aptly named for the ideal lunch destination after a hike or swim.
Before you leave, swing by the Old Mill Park in Campbellford and take your obligatory (and dearly loved) photo of the World’s Largest Toonie. The 8-metre-high monument is a large replica of the Canadian two dollar coin. Built in 2001, the Giant Toonie features the image of a polar bear on the coin, created by a local artist and used on the smaller versions by the Canadian Mint. This gigantic artwork is a brilliant example of local town support for their artists.