Mysterious Lions Gate Bridge Decorations to Return for 2015 Holidays

dsc00559Looks like Vancouver’s lions are going to get dressed up for the holidays, after all.

The famous lion statues at the southern end of the Lions Gate Bridge may again be wearing bows and wreaths this holiday season – but not before a little controversy and a lot of mystery.

From 1994-2010, the lions were decorated each year by an anonymous good samaritan. Then, in 2011, the tradition abruptly stopped and the lions were left naked for the holidays. Now, that mysterious decorator has finally come forward and broken the silence, as reported in the Vancouver SunContinue reading:
Mysterious Lions Gate Bridge Decorations to Return for 2015 Holidays

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 Lions Gate Bridge…