Love Locks

Photo: Rob Weiss

This past summer I travelled to Ucluelet and had the great, good fortune to find myself hiking the Wild Pacific Trail.  Over 9 km long, the trail winds along the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.  Waves crashing on the rocks below, giant cedars towering overhead, it is unquestionably an authentic west coast experience. Inspired by the breathtaking vista, I stopped for a few minutes to savour the view. As I gazed out across the mighty ocean swell, my eyes came to rest on a single, solitary padlock chained to the protective guard rail. A symbol of commitment and everlasting love, this little lock hung precariously over the angry ocean below, bravely battling the elements.

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Love Locks

Vote Now to Pick Vancouver’s Official Love Lock Site

Photo credit: Disdero | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Disdero | Wikipedia

Love locks are officially coming to Vancouver.

Around the world, it’s common for couples to profess their love by attaching a lock to a bridge, gate or other public object and then literally throw away the key. Paris is famous for its love locks – in fact, so many couples have professed their love by securing locks to the city’s Pont des Arts that one of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight.

If you look carefully, you can already spot love locks around Vancouver. The Burrard Bridge, in fact, has become a popular destination for love lockers. And that’s part of the problem. Many people consider the locks unsightly or say they amount to a form of vandalism. Meanwhile, too many locks can threaten the stability of railings or other structures, posing a serious safety hazard. Continue reading:
Vote Now to Pick Vancouver’s Official Love Lock Site

Vancouver Proposes Special Love-Lock Sculpture to Keep Locks off Burrard Bridge

Photo credit: Poulpy | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Poulpy | Wikipedia

Paris may be the most best-known city when it comes to love locks. So many couples have professed their love by securing locks to the city’s Pont des Arts that one of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight. In total, an estimated 1 million locks weighing 45 tonnes have been affixed to the bridge, threatening its structural integrity.

It turns out, however, that Vancouver has a bit of a love-lock problem of its own. While the practice is not nearly as common here as in European cities, couples have gotten into the habit of affixing locks to city landmarks.

Right now, the Burrard Bridge is the favoured spot, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. While there’s no official lock count, the tally on the bridge may easily be in the hundreds. Evidently, some lovers even throw keys from the deck of the bridge into the water below. (I just hope there’s not an Aquabus under there at the time.)

In fact, it’s gotten so bad that the city prepared an official report. The conclusion: “While the weight of a single lock is insignificant, the accumulation of thousands of locks creates a substantive weight that can damage infrastructure.” Continue reading:
Vancouver Proposes Special Love-Lock Sculpture to Keep Locks off Burrard Bridge