In the 1920ies, in Abitibi, a region in full economic expansion, it became urgent to provide an efficient transportation network. Since access roads required bridges over the many rivers and streams, a number of covered bridges were built in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region between 1925 and 1958.
These early settlement bridges had wooden frames. They were naturally covered to protect the structures from rotting since the maintenance of wooden bridges was a costly business.
They were also painted to protect them from the effects of the sun and rain. Red was the colour of choice, presumably because red paint was readily available and cheap.
Today the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region still boasts 18 covered bridges which, in their own way, represent a page of its history.
There are more than 120 covered bridges throughout Quebec.