• LOCATION 8 | Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall

    Brockton Point Lighthouse and Iron Workers Memorial Bridge

    As you turn a corner, and begin to cycle towards the north, a direction that's recognizable to Vancouverites because of the mountains, you have the Brockton Point Lighthouse.

    If you look to your right you will see a bridge spanning the second narrows of Burrard inlet. One hundred and twenty thousand people drive this bridge everyday.

    The second narrows bridge was to be a crowning achievement and the final piece required to create the Trans Canada Highway across the entire country of Canada. It was a huge undertaking for 1958. It would be a six lane bridge - virtually unheard of at that time. The Iron was shipped from England and construction began.

    But on June 17, 1958 at 3:40 p.m. the bridge collapsed and 19 workers fell to their death resulting in the largest industrial accident in Vancouver’s history.

    It was concluded that human error — a faulty engineering calculation for a temporary support — played a part in the bridge failure.

    The engineer who made the calculations, and supervising engineer who failed to catch the error, were both killed in the collapse.

    The Second Narrows Bridge as it was originally known has now been renamed the Ironworker’s Memorial Bridge, and is a reminder of how dangerous a task building a bridge can be. At the time the workers did not have safety nets or belts They were carrying heavy tools and materials while balancing on steel beams a foot wide and 200 feet in the air.
    Here you can witness the magnificent view of Burrard Inlet and the northshore.

    Across the inlet, is a well known feature of Vancouver harbour, bright yellow sulfur piles.

    Sulfur is one of the port’s biggest exports and is a byproduct recovered by the processing of natural gas, petroleum and oil.

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Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall