Thousand Islands Bridge reopens between Canada-U.S. after protesters block Family Day traffic

The Thousand Islands Bridge, in the summer of 2019. Smith photo, Nation Valley News file

GANANOQUE — The Thousand Islands Bridge was closed for around three hours this afternoon as protesters set up a blockade on Highway 137 on the Canadian side of the international crossing around noon.

Media accounts suggest the group was acting in concert with indigenous protests that have been blocking Canadian railways since Feb. 6 in a show of solidarity with opponents of a planned natural gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory in B.C.

Nanda Wubs of Chesterville was caught in a traffic jam on the U.S. side of the border during today’s protest, 60 km to the east of the actual blockade. She was in Ogdensburg, N.Y., and intended to return to Canada via the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge but noticed it was backed up because of the closure of the neighbouring crossing.

The traffic “went for miles,” said Wubs.

“We sat at a restaurant for a while with a Morrisburg couple contemplating what we would do.”

They opted to head further east and were able to cross at Massena-Cornwall.

“It took an extra two hours out of our day at least,” she said.

The Thousand Islands bridge authority reports the crossing at that site reopened at 3 p.m.

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