Lions Gate, Burrard Inlet

Lions Gate, Burrard Inlet

by | Nov 11, 2018

The Lions Gate is a suspension bridge that crosses Burrard Inlet in British Columbia, Canada. The bridge connects the City of Vancouver to the North Shore municipalities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The term “Lions Gate” refers to The Lions, a pair of mountain peaks north of the city.

Burrard Inlet has been home for thousands of years to the indigenous peoples of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-waututh. In 1791, the first European explorers in the region, Juan Carrasco and José María Narváez entered the western part of the inlet in their ship, the Santa Saturnina. They failed to find the Fraser River, mistaking the lowland of the river’s delta as a major inlet of the sea, which they named Canal de Floridablanca. This led to one of the prime objectives of the 1792 expedition of Dionisio Alcalá Galiano, which was to determine the exact nature of the Canal de Floridablanca. Galiano spent many days exploring the general area, realizing a great river was there and sighting Burrard Inlet itself on June 19, 1792. Just days later, the inlet was again named by Captain George Vancouver, after his friend and former shipmate Sir Harry Burrard.

The calm waters of Burrard Inlet form Vancouver’s primary industrial port accessible to large ocean-going ships. While some of the shoreline is residential and commercial, much of it is port-related facilities including rail yards, terminals for container and bulk cargo ships, grain elevators, and (towards the eastern end) oil refineries. Freighters waiting to load or discharge cargo in the inlet often anchor in English Bay, which lies south of the mouth of the inlet and is separated from it by Vancouver’s downtown peninsula and Stanley Park. Read more here and here. Explore more of Lions Gate and Burrard Inlet here:

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