Given the Chance, Would you Climb the Lions Gate Bridge?

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If you were allowed, would you climb to the top of the Lions Gate Bridge? Shout out to all the thrill seekers out there: a new business venture has been proposed to allow interested parties a chance to climb to the top of the historic Lions Gate Bridge!

If approved, those looking for an adrenaline rush will be able to climb to the top of the bridge, ending up on a platform near the navigational beacons for an unparalleled 365-degree view of Vancouver from a birds-eye perspective.

There are still a lot of details that need to be ironed out before the business can officially launch, but the Transportation Ministry recently granted the business a two-year license to provide guided Lions Gate Bridge climbs.

“I think it will be a truly spectacular tourism experience as well as something appealing to those of us who live here and use this bridge. We all love it, and we will be able to connect with it in a new way,” the man behind the plan, Kevin Thomson, told the Vancouver Sun. Luckily, for commuters who drive over the bridge each day, there would be no construction needed.

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Those brave enough to make the trek will have to climb up 360 ladder rungs located inside of the legs of the bridge towers. It’s a true trial of the senses, as you’ll be in a small enclosed space all the way up (and that’s a long way up) and after the tough climb, you’ll be pitched out onto a small platform over 500 feet above the shimmering ocean below. Then, after taking some amazing photos, you’ll go all the way back down… (until they allow bungee jumping off the bridge)!

If all goes to plan, the Lions Gate Bridge climb will open for Canada Day (July 1, 2017) to help celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday. The price to participate in the climb hasn’t been set yet, but may run from $250 to $300, which are prices similar to experiences around the world. If you can handle it, the views would be worth the price of admission alone!

More information about the Lions Gate Bridge Climb can be found in the Vancouver Sun article.

Once the Lions Gate Bridge Climb becomes fully operational, will you sign up to climb? Let us know in the comment section below!

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8 Responses to Given the Chance, Would you Climb the Lions Gate Bridge?

  1. npr

    You mean like dude who tied up traffic during rush hour?

    • Chris H.

      Absolutely!! I would be into a Lions Gate Bridge Climb!

  2. LucieB

    Not for that price!

  3. Darren

    It would be quite the view from the lions gate bridge. I have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and part of the excitement was climbing from the side of the bridge rather than climbing the rungs on a ladder.

  4. Trevor

    Defnitely be down.

  5. Rod Waterlow

    What a fantastic idea – sign me up! I have lived in Vancouver for nearly 50 years, but I first walked across the bridge back in 1963. I have often wondered what the view would be like from the top of the towers. I have even imagined the thrill of walking along the cables! But what about the challenge of climbing back down the same 360 rungs of the ladder?! Maybe a zip-line to Prospect Point could complete the experience, and it would definitely be easier on the knees! I’m an age-elite marathon runner and will be celebrating my 80th birthday just one month after the anticipated Canada Day opening – a climb to the top of the bridge would be a great way to kick off my ninth decade!

  6. Clio

    I was an early Sydney harbour Bridge climber- I live in Sydney.
    I’d need to know how many people would be able to climb at the one time.
    Would it be in an organised group like in Sydney with the guide?
    Apart from the Harness would there be a special suit?
    Would there be pre -preparation talk?
    If all my requirements were met I’d definitely climb!

  7. ALW

    My grandfather worked for Dominion Bridge Company, who built the bridge. His job was that of inspector, both during construction and afterwards. He climbed all over the bridge on a regular basis. Unfortunately I do not inherit his bravery, and have a very real fear of heights. You couldn’t pay me to climb to the top.