Inside Vancouver’s Hidden Past – The Secret History of the Lions Gate Bridge…

The Lions Gate bridge in 1940. A little less traffic than usually seen these days. CVA 586-462

The following article was contributed by Will Woods as part of our Inside Vancouver’s Hidden Past series.

“Victory belongs to the most persevering” [Napoleon Bonaparte]

This week I took my first summer stroll round the Stanley Park seawall, passing of course beneath the giant frame of the Lions Gate bridge. The air cools under the bridge and even on the sunniest of days it is gloomy and dark under there. A very different feeling to the bridge deck, with its tremendous views of downtown and the North Shore.

To many Vancouverites the Lions Gate Bridge feels part of the fabric of the city. A major artery connecting downtown and the North Shore. It is one of our city’s most famous landmarks.

Yet the existence of the Lions Gate Bridge is due in large part to the determination and entrepreneurial spirit of one man – Alfred “AJT” Taylor.

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Inside Vancouver’s Hidden Past – The Secret History of the Gastown Clock…

Photo courtesy of Alex Schwab

The following article was contributed by Will Woods as part of our Inside Vancouver’s Hidden Past series.

Being a tour guide I get all kinds of questions. Some are straight-forward (“What year was Vancouver incorporated?”), some are thought-provoking (“Is all the condo-building in Vancouver reducing or contributing to homelessness?”) and some are absurd (“Does Canada have its own money?”).

One of the questions I often get is “what is the story of the Gastown Steam Clock?”. A seemingly innocuous question you might say. Yet it’s never been a question I like answering.

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