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If you spend any amount of time in Vancouver it won’t be long before you are on a bridge. Vancouverites love their bridges and if you ask five people which one is their favourite, you might get five different answers. Here is my quick guide to Vancouver’s bridges:
Granville St. Bridge: Connects Vancouver’s west side to downtown. When the current Granville St. Bridge opened in 1954 it was the widest bridge in the world (by 1 cm). This is a great place to watch fireworks or Olympic Vectorial Elevation lights.
Burrard Bridge: As a cyclist, this bridge became a dream come true for me last July when the City of Vancouver temporarily eliminated a car lane and turned it into a protected bike-only lane.
Cambie Bridge: Connects the east side to downtown. This bridge has my favourite view of the city. Heading north into the city you have a great view of downtown against the backdrop of the North Shore mountains.
Lions Gate Bridge: An iconic landmark and the bridge most people have seen even before they arrive in Vancouver. Lanes have been widened for traffic and they have made it easier / safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Second Narrows Bridge: The second bridge that connects Vancouver and the North Shore. I almost always use this bridge when I drive to the North Shore, even if I am on the west side. Even though the drive is longer, you save time because you rarely get stuck in the traffic you would have to face by going through downtown and across the Lions Gate.
Lions Gate bridge photo above by Jonathan Sparks.