It was in 1994, that a dedicated group of individuals including Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Campbellford learning Ferris Provincial Park may be closing permanently, went to both Campbellford and the Township of Seymour Council (Currently known as Trent Hills Council) to obtain permission and some funding to keep Ferris Provincial Park open for visitors and campers to help with the economy of surrounding areas.

They were successful and Ferris Provincial Park was kept open.

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On exploring the Park, The Rotarians had a dream of a Suspension Bridge across the Gorge like the Capilano Bridge in British Columbia. This idea was presented to the Rotarians and Fifty Thousand was committed to the Suspension Bridge Fund. The idea of the Suspension Bridge was then presented to The Main Street Programme and with their approval; plans for building the bridge began with many, many meetings with various Partners. When the Main Street Programme ended and there was no other funding except for Rotarian commitment it was put on hold. With the availability of Rural Job Funding through Trent Hills River Country the plans for the Suspension Bridge were resumed especially with the added bonus of Super Build initiative funding.

Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge

When the Engineers from 8th Wing CFB Trenton decided they would actually build the Bridge for the Rotarians as a Military exercise, quickly all partners came on board and the bridge became a reality.
The Grand opening and dedication of the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge is Wednesday June 23/04 at 10:00 am.

For this special event, no admission fee into Ferris Provincial Park for those attending the Ceremonies.

Ground for this huge undertaking was first broke on Sept. 3, 2002. In attendance both Federal and Provincial Government Personnel, Trent Hills Council and their employees, Department of National Defence, Members from the Rotary Club, Parks Canada, Ontario Provincial Parks, Trent Severn Waterway, Lower Trent Conservation, Ontario Power Generation, Ontario Hydro, G. D. Jewell Engineering and many other Community Partners like Trent Hills and District Chamber of Commerce, B. I.A. of Campbellford and Trent Hills Economic Development Committee. The 8th Wing Military CFB Trenton Engineers completed their assignment on Dec. 18, 2003. Without their commitment this grand Tourist attraction would not have been possible.

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