June 14th, 2024

High level bridge tops list of must-see engineering and geoscience wonders


By Lethbridge Herald on August 25, 2021.

Herald photo by Al Beeber Lethbridge's high level bridge tops the engineering and geoscience wonders in Alberta in a list created by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

The Lethbridge viaduct tops a list of engineering and geoscience wonders people need to see this summer in Alberta.
This list was created by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
APEGA says “the list is a mixture of beauty and ingenuity, offering jaw-dropping attractions in every corner of the province.”
It cites the viaduct/high level bridge, which stands 96 metres above the Oldman River as No. 1.
The list also includes lesser known attractions like the Brazeau Dam, one of the largest in the province along with other spectacular feats that defied the odds and gravity.
“The Icefields Parkway is a great example of brains meeting beauty. While it’s been named one of the most stunning drives in the world, it wouldn’t have been made possible without Alberta engineers who persevered through incredibly difficult terrain,” said APEGA Registrar and CEO Jay Nagendran in a press release.
He added that “it was difficult narrowing the list to just 10 attractions given the long history of engineering and geoscience in the province. But we hope it inspires tourists to explore our province and experience the ‘how of wow’ behind these attractions.”
The list includes:
1. Lethbridge Viaduct / High Level Bridge – Lethbridge
â – ‹ Experience a nerve-wracking train’s eye view of the bridge crossing
2. Leduc #1 / Canadian Energy Museum- Leduc County
â – ‹ Learn about the lucky strike that changed everything for Alberta
3. Glacier Skywalk – Jasper
â – ‹ A knee-knocking feat of engineering with a spectacular view of the Columbia Icefield
4. Walterdale Bridge – Edmonton
â – ‹ An iconic entrance to Alberta’s capital city with spectacular engineering in every feature
5. Big Rock/Erratic – Okotoks
â – ‹ Alberta’s strange and wonderful geology left an ancient gift behind
6. Icefields Parkway – Jasper/Banff
â – ‹ A spectacular drive that literally moved mountains in order to come to life
7. The Bow Tower – Calgary
â – ‹ An instant, iconic addition to Calgary’s skyline feature incredible engineering and stunning public art
8. Brazeau Dam – Brazeau County
â – ‹ Taming two wild Rocky Mountain rivers is no small task
9. Peace Bridge – Calgary
â – ‹ A beautiful bridge that was inspired by a difficult engineering challenge
10. Oil Sands Discovery Centre – Fort McMurray
â – ‹ The incredible story of how Alberta unlocked the third-largest oil reserve in the world
Throughout the summer, APEGA is encouraging Albertans to share their favourite Alberta engineering and geoscience marvels via the Association’s Facebook page at facebook.com/apega.alberta.

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