The Lions Gate Bridge is an iconic suspension bridge that spans the Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The bridge was designed by the noted engineer John Anderson Roebling, who was responsible for the design of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Construction on the bridge began in 1937, and it was completed in 1938. The bridge was named after the nearby Lions Mountains, which are two prominent peaks that are visible from the bridge.
The Guinness brewing family built the Lions Gate Bridge which opened in 1938 to provide access to its British Properties lands in West Vancouver. Ownership was transferred to the Province in 1955. Tolls were removed in 1963 and the bridge was restored in 1998 after a long debate about its heritage value and capacity.
The construction of the Lions Gate Bridge was a significant engineering feat at the time, as it was the longest suspension bridge in Canada and the third-longest in the world. The main span of the bridge is 1,550 feet (472 meters) long, and the total length of the bridge, including approaches, is 8,271 feet (2,521 meters).
The Lions Gate Bridge was built to provide a much-needed connection between the city of Vancouver and the North Shore communities across the Burrard Inlet. Prior to the construction of the bridge, the only way to travel between these areas was by ferry or by a long and winding road.
The bridge quickly became an important landmark in Vancouver and an integral part of the city's skyline. It has been featured in numerous films and television shows, including the opening credits of the popular TV series "The Beachcombers."
Today, the Lions Gate Bridge remains one of the most recognizable landmarks in Vancouver and an important transportation link for the city. The bridge has undergone several renovations and upgrades over the years to ensure its continued safety and reliability, and it continues to be an important symbol of Vancouver's history and identity.