West Montrose Kissing Bridge | In My Own Backyard

The West Montrose Kissing Bridge is one of the most instagramable spots in Ontario. It is a hidden gem that is not know about by many people, however, it is an historic site that should be visited by all.

History of West Montrose Covered Bridge 

West Montrose Bridge is the last remaining covered bridge in Ontario.  It was built in 1881 and spans 198 feet across the Grand River, connecting Hill Street, Covered Bridge Drive, and Rivers Edge Drive.

The original bridge was constructed solely out of wood, however, it has since been rebuilt with wood, stone, concrete, asphalt, and steel. The original design from 1881 has been maintained.

West Montrose Covered Bridge, also known as the Kissing Bridge, is one of the oldest covered bridges in Ontario

The Kissing Bridge is still used today by horse and buggies, pedestrians, and vehicles  weighing less than 3 tonnes, which allows them to cross the Grand River.

Historic Landmark

In 1960, the Province of Ontario declared the West Montrose Covered Bridge as a Provincial archeological and historic site. It can be found on Canadian Register of Historic Places.

In 2007, the bridge was designated by the Township of Woolwich as an historic landmark, signifying the significance of the structure that remains today.

Map from Toronto to West Montrose Covered Bridge, Ontario's longest covered bridge
Map from Toronto, Ontario to West Montrose Covered Bridge (Kissing Bridge)

How To Get To West Montrose Covered Bridge 

The Kissing Bridge is located in the Village of West Montrose, in Waterloo Region. This small obscure village has a population of 257.   West Montrose is 112.7 km from Toronto, and a short drive from St. Jacobs, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Guelph.  It is worth a visit to the Kissing Bridge if you want to grab the perfect instagram shot and see one of Ontario’s hidden gems.  You might even get lucky enough to come across a horse and buggy, which still frequent the area to this day.

Bring your fishing pole when visiting the West Montrose Kissing Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Ontario, Canada
There is great fishing in the Grand River
Hike and fish by the historical West Montrose Bridge in the Region of Waterloo
This historical West Montrose Kissing Bridge

How West Montrose Covered Bridge got its Name “Kissing Bridge”

Back in the day the Mennonites would sneak a kiss while travelling through the covered bridge. This is how the West Montrose covered bridge became fondly known as the “Kissing Bridge”.

The West Montrose Covered Bridge is located in the Region of Waterloo, Mennonite Country.

Lost Acre Variety Store in West Montrose, Ontario

When visiting the West Montrose Covered Bridge, I highly recommend that you stop in at the Lost Acre Variety Store. The store is the only “grocery” store in the area, but it offers an abundance of products, especially for bakers.

Grand Valley Trail – West Montrose to Middlebrook Road

The Waterloo Region is stacked with great hiking trails. The Grand Valley Trail can be accessed directly from the Kissing Bridge. The trail is a moderate 4.5 km out and back trail. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.

The West Montrose Covered Bridge – Conclusion

In conclusion, when you are visiting the Waterloo Region, a stop at the West Montrose Covered Bridge is a must to put on your list of places to see. You don’t want to miss the opportunity of getting the perfect picture at the Kissing Bridge!


Kelly xoxo


41 thoughts on “West Montrose Kissing Bridge | In My Own Backyard

  1. Brian

    Such a cool spot to have locally! It’s a goal of mine to get out to the east coast and see some of the covered bridges of New England! Would love to also get up to the eastern side of Canada and explore as I’ve only been to the western side thus far. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Sarah Camp | In Search of Sarah

    Yesss I have this bridge marked for our next trip when we go to St Jacobs! Thanks for sharing these spots because honestly I didn’t know some of these existed and I’ve lived here my whole life hahahah!!!

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  3. Kelly

    I have never seen a covered bridge like this and I love the story and history behind it! Such fun hidden gems all over Ontario and can’t wait to explore this one day too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Caitlin

    I see the comments above about Vermont. VT is where I am from and I so often forget how lucky I was to grow up amongst this beauty – we have multiple covered bridges within a few miles radius. So many tourists are always coming and snapping photos!

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  5. travelsandwandering

    I love these kissing bridges they are so quant. Are they an a American or Canadian thing? We donโ€™t have them here in the U.K. but I have property in New Brunswick round the courner from one and I donโ€™t know why but I just love them.

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  6. Pamela Drager

    I love your hidden gems! They’re always so great ๐Ÿ™‚ Though whenever I see a covered bridge I think of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp haha.


  7. Stephanie Amb

    How cute, I LOVE the story behind this bridge! I wonder if this was before or after the Mennonite couple was married? This covered bridge is so idyllic, and with a horse and buggy driving by, I’m sure it’s even more so!

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