Years ago, the Valley Inn Road and bridge served as a major thoroughfare for travelers heading eat towards Toronto or, west towards the shipping hub of Dundas. By the 1820’s, this passage was so busy a hotel opened for weary travelers. The Valley Inn Hotel opened near the west side of the bridge. It was a favourite rest stop for farmers looking to relax and have a drink on their way to the market. The Hotel was also close to an unpopular toll house; those using Valley Inn had to pay a toll to access the road – similar to the fees associated with highway 407. There are stories of drunken travelers giving the toll collectors a hard time and some, deliberately driving their wagons through the toll gate.
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The Bay Area Restoration Council leads and promotes collective action to revitalize Hamilton Harbour and its watershed through education and community engagement. Our vision is a thriving, healthy and accessible Harbour for all.