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Vancouver - Lion's Gate Bridge

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The First Narrow's Bridge (or Lion's Gate Bridge) is one of several major connectors between Vancouver and the North Suburbs. At night, it's beautifully lit and makes for a great subject if you are shooting from Stanley Park or some other location.

 

The term "Lions Gate" refers to "The Lions", a pair of mountain peaks north of Vancouver. Northbound traffic on the bridge heads in their general direction.

 

According to Wikipedia, the total length of the bridge including the north viaduct is 1,823 metres (5,890 feet). The length including approach spans is 1,517.3 m (4,978 ft), the main span alone is 473 m (1,550 ft), the tower height is 111 m (364 ft), and it has a ship's clearance of 61 m (200 ft). Prospect Point in Stanley Park offered a good high south end to the bridge, but the low flat delta land to the north required construction of the extensive North Viaduct.

 

Most people in the US probably think of a movie production company when they hear "Lion's Gate". That's because "Lionsgate" productions was founded in Vancouver and is named after the mountains mentioned above.

 

Some of you are wondering where this image was taken - I have put the turnoff / scenic overlook on the geotag for this image. It's a great spot to shoot the city day or night - just bring a long lens. This was made with a Canon 5d mk2 and 100-400L.

 

More information:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_Gate_Entertainment

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_Gate_Bridge

www.westvancouver.com/webcams/wvtrafficcam/

 

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Taken on April 1, 2012