• LOCATION 14 | Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall

    Lions Gate and Prospect Point

    On this side of Stanley park we get a view of the Green Suspension Bridge, Lions Gate, a designated National Historic site of Canada.

    The bridge was originally proposed in 1890 but the decision to build the bridge was put to an electoral vote and defeated. Vancouverites were reluctant to build a causeway through Stanley park.

    During the 30’s and the Great Depression, the bridge was once again proposed and the large scale production project that would create jobs and further development was received with a much warmer reception. This time Vancouver showed overwhelming support. The project was passed by a 2-1 margin.

    The Lions Gate Bridge was built by the Guinness family – the Irish beer barons. Alfred James Towle Taylor owned the provincial franchise to build the bridge, but did not have the funds to purchase the necessary land in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. He was able to convince the Guinness family to invest in the land, resulting in their purchase of approximately 4,700 acres of West Vancouver mountainside.

    The Guinness family had toll booths installed at the north end of the bridge, which is on Vancouver. When the tolls were instituted, pedestrians paid 7.5 cents per crossing and cars were 25 cents plus 5 cents per extra passenger.
    In 1952 the year toll revenues collected covered cost of construction, so the Guinness family sold the bridge to the provincial government. But the tolls continued until 1963, leading many citizens to believe we've paid for the bridge twice!!
    For Expo 86 The Guinness Family’s gifted the bridge a new set of lights, but they cost the city a lot in energy bills and maintenance. In July 2009, the bridge’s lighting system was updated with new LED lights, which reduced power consumption by 90%, saving the province about $30,000 a year in energy costs.

    As you ride under the bridge, notice whether you feel a chill in the air.
    Before the waters were dredged in the 1910s, this “First Narrows” of Burrard Inlet was one of the most hazardous shipping lanes in the country.
    Countless ships sank here, along with their passengers and crew.

    After the “Beaver” slammed into the rocky steep cliffs in 1888, the Prospect Point Lighthouse was built.

    Again you are required to dismount. This next part of the pathway is narrow and can be congested. Enjoy your ride with caution at a relaxed pace.

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Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall