Linking People with History
There’s an ancient Chinese proverb: “The water changes always. The river changes never.” But the banks of the river? Now that’s a different story.
The Grand River has flowed along its unchanging course for thousands of years. For Galt, it has been a source of commerce, food, transportation, and relaxation.
Over time, the community’s connection to the river has ebbed and flowed. But today, an energetic spirit has brought a refreshed commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, to entertainment and the arts, and to the history of the city. Linking all of these elements together is one of the most basic of structures: a bridge.
Development is taking place on both sides of the river. It’s not new development, however; it’s more like renewed development. In a time when historic buildings in other communities are under siege or have already been destroyed, similar buildings in Galt are being given new life and, in turn, bringing new life to the city. Here, the historic buildings that give Downtown Galt a distinctive feeling and a rare beauty are being refurbished and revitalized.
The Old Post Office, built in 1885, continues its role as a hub of communication by housing the Idea Exchange. The Riverside Silk Mill has become the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture. And the Southworks site, circa 1847, is reimagined as the foundation of The Gaslight District itself.
Buildings once used for manufacturing and warehousing will be home to small businesses, shops, artists’ studios, and residential lofts. The resulting fresh diversity along the river will help keep downtown Galt alive. All these exciting changes will bring you back to the river.
The new pedestrian bridge, named Craig’s Crossing in honour of former Mayor Doug Craig, who served as the city’s mayor for 18 years will bring you over it. The bridge, was an intergal part of Mayor Craig’s ‘Back to the River’ initiative and one of his last accomplishments while in office. During the grand opening ceremony over 1000 people attended, and in the first 3 months over 120,000 crossings took place on the bridge that unites the two halves of the heart of Galt.
With the convenient link of Craig’s Crossing, you will move easily between shops, restaurants, theatres, and home, on either side of the river. Or you can simply pause on the bridge and watch the river flow past. As you do, bear in mind what has changed and what always stays the same.
“It sure became a hit in no time.
Everybody loves the bridge. Everybody goes and crosses it.”
Councillor, City of Cambridge