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Waterfront Wonderland


The City of Cape Coral has been known as a Waterfront Wonderland for many years.  Extensive canal systems and close proximity to the Caloosahatchee River brought visitors from all over the world to enjoy a carefree lifestyle.  With over 400 miles of canals, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city anywhere - including Venice, Italy! 

In the Waterways and Bridges gallery, you will find photos from the 70's and 80's of a few bridges and canals as well as aerial photos from 2005 giving a bird's eye view of our beautiful city.  In one of the photos, you will see one of our favorite marine animals, a mother manatee and its baby, taking a leisurely swim.

Two bridges were built to improve the commute over the Caloosahatchee River to and from Fort Myers - the Cape Coral bridge and the Midpoint Bridge.  The Cape Coral bridge was open on March 14, 1964 and the Midpoint on October 19, 1997.  The Cape Coral bridge was originally only two lanes - a second span was added in 1989 for two-lane travel in each direction.