Keepsakes from the Champlain Bridge

The deconstruction of the original Champlain Bridge is completed and Les Ponts Jacques Cartier et Champlain Incorporée marked this historic event by distributing to the population nearly 4,000 rivets taken from its steel structure. The keepsakes were distributed during two public events held on September 9 and 10 in Brossard and Île des Sœurs.

Thousands of original rivets distributed to the public

The original Champlain Bridge had a socio-economic impact on the landscape of the Montreal metropolitan region and the City of Brossard for over 57 years. Now that the deconstruction of this structure is almost complete, JCCBI wants to mark its history by giving the public souvenir rivets to commemorate this iconic structure.

Rivet distribution

Two events have been organized—one in Brossard and the other on Île des Sœurs—to provide citizens with rivets from the original Champlain Bridge that have been safely encapsulated under a layer of varnish. 

  1. One rivet per person (18 and over)
  2. First come, first served
  3. Limited quantity

When: Saturday, September 9, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Centre socioculturel Alphonse Lepage
7905 San Francisco Ave., Brossard, QC, J4X 2A4

Quick in-car and active mobility user’s pick-up lane.

Île des Sœurs

When: Sunday, September 10, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: La Station
201, Berlioz St., Verdun, QC, H3E 1C1

Quick in-car pick-up and dedicated pick-up lane for active mobility users.

Keepsake | Disclaimer

Please be advised that there may be traces of lead in the paint on this keepsake from the original Champlain Bridge. This is why it has been safely encapsulated in a layer of varnish. 

You are therefore responsible for avoiding any damage or degradation to this varnish layer and for not handling the keepsake if the varnish becomes damaged, degraded or deteriorated. The keepsake must not be handled or used by children at any time.

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated cannot be held liable for any resulting loss or damage and you must assume all of the risks associated with this keepsake.

287,000 tonnes of reused materials 

With a focus on sustainable development, the deconstruction project recycled 90% of all materials, and these rivets are part of the 25,000 tonnes of steel that were reused throughout the project.

JCCBI created a materials management and reuse plan to guide the reuse and recycling options for the different types of recovered materials.

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