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Lions Gate Bridge
When you're visiting Vancouver, one of the best places to get an introduction and feel for Vancouver has to be the Lions Gate Bridge. Located at the entrance to Vancouver harbour, Lions Gate Bridge provides access to and from the District of North Vancouver and West Vancouver from Stanley Park and the City of Vancouver.

British Properties
Originally built, starting in 1937, by the Guinness family who were developers of the British Properties in West Vancouver, Lions Gate has to be one of the greatest spots for viewing and experiencing Vancouver, Burrard Inlet and the vibrant harbour.

Prospect Point Lookout
The first place that comes to mind for viewing the bridge or Burrard Inlet is Prospect Point Lookout in Stanley Park. Prospect Point Lookout is one of Vancouver's most visited landmarks of people discovering the city. The view is breathtaking and you will get a chance to view ships and boats coming and going from the harbour.

Taking Pictures
If you're taking pictures, the best spot seems to be higher up as the lower viewpoint is starting to get a little crowded with trees. If you need food or drinks there is a restaurant, an outdoor eating area as well as a self-serve kiosk.

Lion Statues Standing Proud
If you do visit Prospect Point, follow the trails that lead towards Lions Gate Bridge located by the gift shop building and kiosk area. The trail eventually goes to the vehicle causeway leading over the bridge to the North Shore. This is where you can see the two lion statues standing proudly as they welcome you to the entrance over the bridge.

Stanley Park Seawall
Continue on the trail towards the Stanley Park seawall. Take the seawall towards the bridge and the lighthouse. This makes a great spot for watching the people fish off the seawall and the marine traffic in Burrard Inlet.

Maritime Action
If you have the time, walk along the seawall in either direction. One way you get to enjoy either the inner harbour or all of the maritime action. The other way you can relish the panoramic ocean views or the spectacular sunsets over Vancouver Island.

Walk Over Lions Gate Bridge
For those people who are in good shape and don't mind a little exercise a real experience is to walk over the bridge. Since the bridge was worked on and widened, the sidewalks now are a lot safer on which to walk.

Panoramic Views of Vancouver Harbour
There is ample room for cyclists to navigate around pedestrians with the bridge providing excellent panoramic views of Vancouver harbour and Burrard Inlet. Allow yourself at least one hour each way on your journey across Lions Gate Bridge.

Capilano First Nations
Once you're on the North Shore, the exploring and discovery can still continue. Take the pedestrian stairway to the lower road that crosses the Capilano River. Depending on the time of year, the spectacle of the returning salmon and the Native food fisheries is very interesting. Watch the Capilano First Nations use the traditional methods of catching fish near the bridge and trailer park.

Ambleside Park in West Vancouver
If you continue along to the west side of the Capilano River, it will lead you to the south end of the Park Royal Shopping Centre. If you still have energy left, take a short stroll towards the ocean along the trail to the CN Railway Bridge that crosses the Capilano River. The trail goes under the bridge and is another entrance to Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. Once you're in the park there is another seawall giving you a different perspective and view of Lions Gate Bridge.

Under the Bridge
There is one other place that has a great view of Lions Gate Bridge but you will be required to be with vehicle traffic. After you walk down from the bridge at the Capilano R.V. Park go opposite from Park Royal Shopping Centre. You will head under the bridge towards the harbour. Keep going straight at the stop sign. The road is very rough and it requires going over some railway tracks near the sewage treatment plant and old gun emplacement.

Beach Area
The beach area is located near the east side of the Capilano River. Once you go through all the hassle of the road, the views and ambiance of Vancouver harbour and Lions Gate Bridge are just fantastic.

Links Concerning Lions Gate Bridge

 

View from seawall
View From Stanley Park Seawall

 

Prospect Point Lookout
Prospect Point Lookout

 

Lion Statue
Lion Statue

 

Prospect Point
Prospect Point

 

Vancouver Harbour
Vancouver Harbour

 

Capilano First Nations
Capilano First Nations

 

Lions Gate Bridge Tower
Lions Gate Bridge Tower

 

Under the Lions Gate Bridge
Under the Lions Gate Bridge

 

View From Stanley Park
View From Stanley Park

 
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