RIVERSIDE, N.B. — The sign at the entrance to the weatherbeaten structure along Highway 114 south of Moncton hearkens back to a simpler time.
“Walk Your Horse and Save a Fine.”
Constructed in 1905, the Sawmill Creek covered bridge is no longer in use but is one of the oldest among an abundance of covered bridges along the Fundy Coastal Drive, which eventually leads the traveller down to Fundy National Park.
There are 64 covered bridges in New Brunswick – 28 in Kings County alone. They’re so popular that they have spawned the annual Covered Bridge Festival to celebrate “Canada’s Covered Bridge Capital,” Kings County, each July.
If the city of Moncton is your starting point, then the Fundy Coastal Drive is an excellent day trip — dozens of picturesque villages, picnic and hiking areas and, of course, the covered bridges.
About 200 visitors a day drop into the local information centre, including many who were fans of the 1995 movie The Bridges of Madison County.