At the top of the gorgeous Battle River Valley adjacent to Hwy #21 sits the hamlet of Duhamel. Although the hamlet is small now, it has a deep history.
The river valley was once home to the largest wooden trestle bridge in the world, 3,972 feet (1210 m) in length and 120 feet (32 m) in height. In 1909 the Grand Trunk Pacific announced it would build a bridge across the river, and Duhamel quickly grew. Sadly, the bridge only stood for 14 years before the railway consolidated routes. The bridge was dismantled.
Today the hamlet of Duhamel is a quiet rural community with an access to the bottom of the river valley where people can go canoeing, hiking and snowmobiling. The Verdun School and St. Thomas Church (built-in 1883) near Duhamel are a beautiful historical resources worth visiting!