Malakwa Suspension Bridge

 

Sicamous & East Shuswap
Distance: Various (one way)
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 0.25 - 1 Hour (road loop)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Biking Mountain Biking

Trail Description:

This unique and historic swinging foot bridge spans the Eagle River. Originally built in 1915 by local farmers to connect their farms to the community, and school on the other side. Rebuilt by the Dept. of Highways in 1940.

To create a pleasant backroad walking loop route: From the parking area, cross the swinging bridge and create a 4 km loop walk of country roads, by continuing north on Warner Rd for approx 1 km past the river and Malakwa Beach Rd. At the T-junction with Mizon Rd turn left/south, and travel approx 2 km to meet again with Sommerville-Husted Rd. Turn left/east and proceed approx 800 metres over another bridge into the village (tracks on your right). Watch for the junction with Malakwa Suspension Bridge Rd on your left, back to the parking area.

Or start at the new Malakwa Community Park, and include a loop of the park trails in your walk.

Access:

Travel 17 km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1 and turn left/north onto Malakwa Rd, just past the Malakwa Café. Follow this road for approx 1.5 km until it meets the railroad tracks. Turn left on Summerville Husted Rd, and cross the tracks. Continue straight ahead on the Malakwa Suspension Bridge Rd, for approx 100 m, to the end where there is a sign and a small parking area.

Alternate Option: at the railroad track junction, you can also turn right onto Community Hall Road and park at the Malakwa Community Park on the North East side of the road.

Access Map: Google Maps