Just passed under the Lions Gate Bridge as we leave Vancouver headed for Alaska. The cloud formations were spectacular.
The construction of Lions Gate Bridge began on March 31 1937 and in total it cost $5,873,837.17 to build. The story started when the Guinness family decided to invest in land on the North Shore. They purchased property on West Vancouver mountainside through a syndicate called British Pacific Properties Ltd. They planned to develop the land to encourage people to live there. Part of the plan was to build a bridge over the First Narrows, the existing 2nd Narrows Bridge being thought to be too far away and not suitable. This was a popular project during the depression and objections to an access road going through Stanley Park were brushed aside. The job-creating project and publicity that would ensue from the building in West Vancouver could not be resisted.
The Lions Gate Bridge has now become a landmark of Vancouver and the North Shore and decisions about alterations and renewal are met with much debate and controversy.
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Cormac (26545) 2005-09-28 23:16
Lovely photo of my city! The clarity and colour are great. The effect of seeing the ship's wake in behind is interesting too. I recently posted a shot of one of the cruise ships leaving, taken from the bridge, maybe you were on it. Wouldn't it be funny if we both took photos at exactly the same time!
paulw (2016) 2005-09-29 6:16
The Irish have a lot to answer for, and the Guinness family have made many impacts on the world, especially the stout, and also this bridge. I've been there and cross the bridge. Lovely image, well captured.