The Lions Gate Bridge stretching over first narrows is one of Vancouver's most recognizable man made landmarks.
Named after the lions peak in the distant mountain range, the Lions Grate Bridge (otherwise known as the First Narrows Bridge) is one of three transportation routes into Vancouver from the North Shore (these include the Second Narrows Bridge [also called the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge] and the Seabus, a waterway route from North Vancouver to the city).
Buses, cars, bicycles and pedestrians compose of most of the traffic along this suspension bridge which consists of three lanes of traffic with a center counter flow lane. (Lion's Gate Bridge Traffic Cams)
Watching the gigantic shipping vessels all year round as well as the cruise ships in the warmer months move under the bridge is one of the most interesting views to see, whether on the bridge, in different parts of Stanley Park, such as Prospect point, or on the shores of North or West Vancouver. Listen closely for the fog horns on the boats as they are required to let boaters know they are passing through the First Narrows.
Ferry service and the Second Narrows Bridge consisted of the transportation routes between the North Shore and Central Vancouver in the 1930s when it was suggested that the first un-built narrows also have another bridge constructed for transportation from the downtown northwards. After much debate over the construction of the bridge as it runs through the popular Stanley Park, it was completed in November of 1948 with funding from the brewery company Guinness and functioned as a toll operated roadway until sold to the province of British Columbia in 1963.
The lights which have made the Lion's Gate Bridge an iconic night time landmark were added in 1986 increasing its distinction and making it one of the most recognizable landmarks of Vancouver.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Lions Gate BridgeBetween Stanley Park (at the end of the causeway) to North Vancouver, stretching across Vancouver's First Narrows. This bridge is visible in many areas of Vancouver.
Click the brown GEMS on the map to navigate to the other activities within this region