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- Quite majestic and with being on a cruise ship going under it leaving Vancouver and then returning to Vancouver it was fantastic.Written October 10, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- There has been a bridge "presence" here since 1889 and the current iteration (the 3rd) dates to 1954. I will give this some serious thought next time I walk across the bridge. That's some pretty old steel! There will be a change to the bridge to include improvements to the pedestrian access concerns.
Having walked it in the past, only the fleet-of-foot with speed-of-light timing can run across the lanes of traffic to the pedestrian paths. It'll put the fear of the devil into any reasonable person; it gives true meaning to the term "the quick and the dead". I'll take the ferries in the future until these safety concerns are addressed.
A really great find for us was the hanging chandelier on the False Creek side of the bridge. Where the bridge comes to rest in Yaletown is a large covered expanse of the underpinnings of the bridge from which hangs a glamorous crystal looking chandelier.
This chandelier is a show-stopper. It is public art. We love it. In 2019, $4.8M was paid for the piece entitled "Spinning Chandelier" which is more than 25 feet high. Upon occasion, it is purported to descend from the bridge, spin for 4 minutes, and flash its lights before retreating to its resting spot. I would love to have a timetable for when this happens.
Some part of me wonders if it wouldn't scare the bejeezus out of the unsuspecting. I imagine a future headline in the newspaper: "bicycle fatality when surprised cyclists flew over the side of False Creek after being surprised by the flying, spinning, bright lights of the 25 foot tall gift to the city." The creativity of the human mind never ceases to amaze me.Written August 27, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- What you see is, well, what you get from the experience. There are actually 2 distinctly different perspectives. Up above, crossing the bridge with the mass of humanity (presumably trying to get to work) a closer look shares an historical perspective. We did not travel by car above as our perspective was more water-level oriented (via False Creek ferries).
But did you know this 1932 era bridge (it has been updated so breathe easier as you transverse it) gives its "propers" (i.e. recognition due) to the brave BC soldiers who served the country and the world during WW II.
If you cross the bridge (street level) then you will see the lighted braziers to remind us all of the heat and light the soldiers would have had as their mainstays at that time. Burn those braziers forever and never let us forget the sacrifice of your kin.
However, from the underside of the bridge (think False Creek here), we see a different view of this 75+ year old beauty with many stories to share. Just as a reminder, the bridge has had attention paid to its infrastructure. Let it rest there. Believe it is whole and will endure. Don't think twice about it as you travel across the span.
Captain Vancouver and Sir Henry Burrard-Neale are the "heavies" for which this span is so named. These were British officers/soldiers (no surprise there, this is Canada after all) and, surprisingly, they both died at about age 40.
A discovery here and there amongst them, a recognition well deserved, and the end-game is Vancouver bears Captain Vancouver's name. And so be it. Winners get to write history.
Fast-forward to today: the bridge is a beauty when viewed from water level (courtesy of the ferry system) and the Art Deco design on display is pure delight. Brush all the politics aside, enjoy the vista from the underside of the bridge as it welcomes the great sea into the False Creek waterway.Written August 27, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Small bridge that brings you into downtown. Seems to be the smallest of all the Bridges coming into downtown. Has a walking path on it.Written August 13, 2021
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