A fire in September of 2017 destroyed the historic structure, which was built using timber piled supports and decking. The converted rail bridge was important to recreational users on the Acadian Peninsula, including cyclists and riders of all-terrain vehicle and snowmobiles.

Agriculture, mines and rural affairs minister Wilfred Roussel said: “As a first step, we are investing $300,000 [US$228,000] to help determine options and the associated costs to rebuild the bridge.”

Rebuilding the bridge will help with the roll-out of initiatives under a Department of Tourism, Heritage & Culture plan that aims to develop a trail network in support of the development of jobs and economic growth.