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Bridge replacement to cut off Buntzen Lake trail loop for six weeks

How often do you hike around the Anmore recreation area? You might only be doing half of it between now and early November.
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Buntzen Lake Suspension Bridge.

Hikers looking to enjoy a breezy fall stroll around Buntzen Lake will now have to wait until winter.

BC Hydro says the Anmore recreation site's suspension bridge will be closed tomorrow (Sept. 19) as crews begin to replace the 50 metre-long structure.

The process is expected to last at least six weeks until early November.

Local residents and visitors will still be able to hike trails along the near five-kilometre stretch, but no one will be able to complete the loop around the lake.

BC Hydro adds North Beach itself will also be closed, but the washroom facilities will be open for public use while construction is taking place.

The suspension bridge is located in a 250-metre long canal between Buntzen Lake and McCombe Lake.

It opened in June 1992 and was designed by Siefken Engineering.

Meanwhile, an apparent rockslide has closed pedestrian access on Powerhouse Road near the Buntzen Dam and North Beach

Hikers looking to complete the Diez Vistas trail are encouraged to use the Old Buntzen Lake trail to reach either Lakeview trail or the west side of Buntzen Lake trail to get back to South Beach and the main parking lot.

Swan Falls trail is also inaccessible to hikers for the time-being, the provincial agency added.

For more information about the closure, you can visit BC Hydro's website.

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