BRUGES, Belgium – A busy canal wraps around the heart of this medieval city, thus there are plenty of bridges.
And Canada Bridge is one of Bruges’ most recognizable, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find it. Police officers, bus drivers, hotel clerks, passersby… no one could direct me to Canada Bridge – until I mentioned the bison.
Bingo – everybody here knows “Bison Bridge” or “Buffalo Bridge.” That’s how locals refer to Canada Bridge because of the two large bison standing guard at its entrance.
The bridge was built over the Maria van Bourgondielaan Canal, one of Bruges’ many internal canals, to salute the Canadian forces that liberated the city on September 12, 1944.
The bison was chosen to adorn the bridge in honour of the 12th Manitoba Dragoons, who bear the provincial symbol on their cap badge.