The Lions Gate Bridge, opened in 1938 and officially known as the First Narrows Bridge, is a suspension bridge that crosses the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the North Shore municipalities of the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver. The term "Lions Gate" refers to the Lions, a pair of mountain peaks north of Vancouver. Northbound traffic on the bridge heads in their general direction. A pair of cast concrete lions, designed by sculptor Charles Marega, were placed on either side of the south approach to the bridge in January 1939.
The total length of the bridge including the north viaduct is 1,823 metres (5,981 ft). The length including approach spans is 1,517.3 metres (4,978 ft), the main span alone is 473 metres (1,552 ft), the tower height is 111 metres (364 ft), and it has a ship's clearance of 61 metres (200 ft). Prospect Point in Stanley Park offered a good high south end to the bridge, but the low flat delta land to the north required construction of the extensive North Viaduct.
Bradley Vinish | Jan 14, 2018
Lions Gate Bridge connects Stanley Park with North and West Van. Most of my early years in Vancouver it was referred to as the First Narrows Bridge. Views of the bridge and from the bridge are worth seeing. I will admit my views from the bridge have been while driving across. For many years Vancouver has supported the slowness of traffic on the bridge, so that people in their cars can truly enjoy it. At least that is the story told while enjoying the wonderful old taste of a Guinness Beer once you make it home. While at Stanley Park be sure to enjoy the view of this beautiful bridge, built by the Guinness family - The Lions Gate Bridge.
Diana K | Feb 5, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous view! In my opinion, the best views of Vancouver and Stanley Park are to be seen by walking/cycling on this bridge. The traffic is loud. Cars are driving very close by and fast, which is rather scary! But the view more than makes up for this small downside.
Evolvedruid | Feb 2, 2018
Nice bridge but very busy. Also the restaurants you will find in Stanley Park will be super expensive and expect to pay for parking. Bike friendly and lots of bike lanes in the park. Also lots of trails and paved pathways. Avoid this bridge between 3pm-6pm unless you must as it will be really slow traffic.
Gary Sajjan | Mar 1, 2018
My Favorite bridge!! I go over this bridge just about everyday, I love it soon much especially when there is a lot of traffic, the view is so beautiful and packed with memories all around including Stanley Park :-)
Rodrigo Bastias | Feb 4, 2018
Beautiful bridge. Super busy and 24/7 traffic jam! All the crazy people decide to jump from here! So if you are lucky, you will be able to see some brave 1 way jumpers tasting the high of this beautiful brige.
James Lutes | Mar 28, 2018
Great bridge. Drove across it a few times and it ain't never broke. 10/10 would drive over again.
Lee Minett | Apr 14, 2018
If you're not very fit, this will be a good workout. However, while the span is considerably large, it is well worth it for the views out over the mountains and the greater Vancouver area. The bridge has been made famous after a number of movies, not least Final Destination (which like many movies, was filmed almost entirely in Vancouver).
Juan Tovar | Apr 13, 2018
It's a beautiful bridge. You can cross it by car/bus or walk. If you are walking, It has an spectacular view of the city and I recommend it to see the sunset.
Christopher Robins | Jun 7, 2018
Weird to rate a bridge, I know, but it's worth reviewing. This bridge connecting central and North Vancouver is a beautiful trek for driver, biker, and pedestrians alike. At its brightest it gives you a gorgeous view of Vancouver and the mountains! Be warned, this bridge has a rotating middle lane! Almost like a suicide lane, this middle lane allows cars both directions BUT is controlled by easy to read signs. This allows Northbound and Southbound lanes to alternate between one and two available lanes. This beautiful idea can seem frightening to newcomers but it is glorious for traffic. (See my photo with the three stop lights) Within an hour of driving over this bridge twice (we got lost) the middle lane had changed. More creative bridges like this are needed!
Aspen Knight | Jun 4, 2018
I heard that the Lions Gate Bridge was built by a beer company so its cold, frosty beverages could be distributed & shared. I've never seen the tide this low, but it offers a unique perspective from Stanley Park. What a beautiful June day to enjoy a walk around this lovely park, watching the ships cruise by and tour planes taking off. Oooo my beautiful world!
Master iOqY | May 27, 2018
It's like Golden Gate 'light' and it's green - appropriate for where it stands adjacent to Stanley Park. Cruise Ships have to pass underneath going to and from Canada Place. Great viewing spot at Prospect Point.
Guy Claeys | May 23, 2018
It's a nice bridge ... With historical value, yes. And a cool view all around. And beautiful sculpted 🦁 heads at both sides of both entries
Adam Hutt | Jun 13, 2018
Beautiful bridge that stretches from Stanley Park to West Vancouver. Built privately by the Guinness family so they could develop West Vancouver under the British Properties name. It's is possible to walk or ride a bike across and take some amazing pictures of ship transiting under it or seaplanes flying over it.
Derek Hall | Jun 26, 2018
Romantic place to take someone to the point. See the occasional proposal here with the bridge in the background at night. Lots of friendly raccoons, such a beautiful historic bridge and area. Love it here.
Abilene Muraro | Jun 28, 2018
Stunning view! Go in a sunny day and you can see Mount Baker in USA. I don't feel comfortable with heights so I can't across the whole bridge. You can do it by car, bycicle or walking.
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