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Lions Gate Bridge

Coming from the city you drive through Stanley Park to get to the bridge. The autumn colours are beautiful and then you are on the bridge with great views of the city and suburbs, quite something. Lions Gate Bridge is a huge suspension structure crossing Burrard Inlet, the bridge is the start of Highway 99 from North Vancouver to Vancouver.

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Aug 24, 2003

First Narrows

Quite a hike, you won’t see many pedestrians on this bridge but you will see cyclists. I would recommend the experience because of the amazing view of the harbor, Stanley Park, West Vancouver and North Vancouver. Bicycles are available for rent along the north end of Denman Street for those who wish to peddle instead of walk. Access to the bridge from the south side is through Stanley Park. Pathways pass along either side of the three lane road that leads to the bridge. The increase in elevation along the pathway is reasonably gentle, but the accumulated effect over the harbor entrance is breath taking.

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Feb 07, 2007

Burrard Inlet

This is Vancouver’s main harbor. Unfortunately, the majority of the sea access is taken up with industrial parks which make the waterway somewhat grey and foreboding. In downtown Vancouver you probably don’t want to follow the waterway any further east than Gas town. A couple of blocks to the west you’ll find the SeaBus Waterfront Station (ferry to North Vancouver) at Granville Street. A few blocks further West you’ll find the cruise line terminal and eventually the start of the seawall pathway. The pathway rounds the Bayshore Marina and circumnavigates Stanley Park.

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Feb 05, 2007

Lions Gate Bridge: Viewpoint and Bus Routes

The Lion's Gate Bridge is a landmark of a bridge. The official name is the First Narrows Bridge, so if you want more information about this bridge you may wish to also look under that name as well.

"The Lions" are a pair of mountain peaks just north of North Vancouver, and so this bridge was nicknamed Lions Gate. This nickname became even more official in January of 1939 when two large lion sculptures were placed at the south entrance to the bridge.

The bridge features three traffic lanes, and these are reversible. Normally, the middle lane moves in whatever direction is the dominant flow of traffic. However, all three lanes have Reversing Lights above them is it is in theory possible for all three of the lanes to go in the same direction if desired. My guess is that this is seldom done.

There are sidewalks across the bridge, but due to the traffic levels and speed the bridge isn't that pleasant to walk across. Even though it has decent views of Vancouver and North Vancouver, the walkways are loud enough to discourage the long trip across the bridge on foot.

Bus routes that cross the bridge are:

+ The Free Bus that connects downtown Vancouver to the Capilano Suspension Bridge

+ TransLink bus routes 240 and 250 to the far west end of North Vancouver

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Feb 22, 2016
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The Lions Gate Bridge

The Lions Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects Vancouver to its northern suburbs. We crossed under it on our cruise ship as we departed from Vancouver to begin our trip towards Alaska. The bridge was built in the 1930s, and its main span measures over 1500 feet.

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Aug 17, 2007

Lions Gate Bridge

Whenever you leave vancouver by road heading north you must always take the Lions Gate Bridge which exits Vancouver from Stanley Park. Quite an impressive bridge but cannot deal with the overload of traffic. The views from the bridge a quite something!!

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Aug 25, 2005

Lions Gate Bridge

Perhaps this should be a transportation tip but I just think the bridge is a must-see, especially the approach (mid-traffic) from Vancouver by Stanley Park. With the mountains behind, or in my case this trip with big dark threatening clouds, it is a spectacular scene.

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Aug 12, 2004

Lions Gate Bridge

The Lions Gate Bridge can be found on the North edge of Stanley Park, connecting Downtown Vancouver with North Vancouver.

It is a stunning site to have in the distance as you are walking around Stanley Park. It is in your view as soon as you turn on to the North side of Stanley Park, and, after a while you eventually walk right underneath it.

You should see this while in Vancouver, as you have to go over it to get to Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Bridge, unless of course you choose to take a ferry. Even if you see neither of the above, you will probably be at stanley park, so take a few minutes to get a photo!

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Aug 06, 2004

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See the Famous Lions Gate Bridge

The Lions Gate Bridge is one of the most Famous Vancouver Land marks and it is a lovely bit of architecture that adds to Vancouvers beautiful skyline. The bridge was built in the early 1900's and funded by Authur Guiness of the Irish Stout beer fame. The bridge connects downtown Vancouver via Stanley Park to the North Shore and Mountians.

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Mar 31, 2004

Lion's Gate Bridge

Lion's Gate Bridge connects Vancouver to North Vancouver. You have to cross this bridge to go to Capilano Suspension Bridge and it is located at the foot of Stanley Park.

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Jan 02, 2009

the bridge

nice view to the bridge u can see when u take the shuttle at stanley park but when u get to the station after the view u have t walk back few meters (the view from the view point there isnt as nice)

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Oct 24, 2004

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