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Gow's Bridge

McCrae Boulevard, Guelph, Ontario, N1H, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1990/05/14

Gow's Bridge facing west from the north side of the Speed River.; Robin de Bled, 2005
Gow's Bridge
Gow's Bridge facing west from the south side of the Speed River.; Robin de Bled, 2005
Gow's Bridge
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Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2006/06/27

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

Gow’s Bridge spans the Speed River on the west side of Royal City Park. This stone bridge continues to serve both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Gow’s Bridge has been designated by the City of Guelph under By-Law (1990)-13471. The designation covers all elements of the south and middle spans of the bridge and the piers, all of which are of stone construction, as well as the concrete foundations, but does not include the more recent north span.

Valeur patrimoniale

Gow’s Bridge has been designated by the City of Guelph as having historic and architectural value. This stone arch bridge remains as the only surviving example of several stone bridges which once crossed Guelph’s rivers. The bridge was built for the City Council in 1897 by Daniel Keleher, a local contractor. It replaced a wooden bridge constructed at this site in 1852 to circumvent the toll bridges on the Guelph and Dundas Roads.

Both the new and old bridges were known locally as Gow’s Bridge due to their location beside Gow’s Mill, a woolen mill and tannery owned by the prominent Guelph businessman and politician Peter Gow. Gow was elected Mayor of Guelph in 1866, was the first representative of South Wellington in the Provincial Legislative Assembly, serving from 1867 until 1876, and was then appointed Sheriff of Wellington County.

Today this unique remnant of Guelph’s stone heritage lends considerable charm and character to one of the city’s largest public parks.

Éléments caractéristiques

Key character defining elements that embody the value of the bridge as an example of stone bridge construction include its:
- locally quarried limestone construction
- two-arch design with low stone walls and stone piers

Key character defining elements that embody the contextual value of the bridge as a bypass for the toll-charging bridge network along the Guelph-Dundas Road include its:
- continued access for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic
- location west of the former main access Guelph-Dundas road




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (Ont.)

Loi habilitante

Loi sur le patrimoine de l'Ontario

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation du patrimoine municipal (partie IV)

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Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Communications et transport

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Transport terrestre
Pont, tunnel ou autre ouvrage de génie


Architecte / Concepteur



Daniel Keleher

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Emplacement de la documentation

City of Guelph By-Law Number (1990)-13471, City Clerk's Office, City of Guelph

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