11238 | North Vancouver

North Vancouver
Aero Surveys Ltd.
1940-1947, 20th century
18 x 24 cm
Gift of Mr. Phil Harrison
This artefact belongs to : © North Vancouver Museum and Archives
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The Lions Gate Bridge was built across the First Narrows, marking the entrance to Vancouver's large natural harbour, Burrard Inlet. In this way, the span acts as a welcoming arch for ships to pass under as they enter the port. The bridge connects Stanley Park, a large forested area at the tip of the downtown peninsula (visible in the lower right), with the suburbs on the north shore slopes. In 1925 a first bridge had been built across the inlet at the Second Narrows farther east. A low road-and-rail span, it was damaged in a marine accident during the early 1930s. Residents again had to rely on ferry services -- a situation that added weight and urgency to the idea of creating a First Narrows crossing. Although the Second Narrows Bridge was rebuilt, a majority voted in favour of the Lions Gate Bridge in a 1933 plebiscite.

  • What

    An aerial photo of Burrard Inlet, taken from high above English Bay and showing the extent of one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

  • Where

    The view is to the east, with the north shore on the left and the city centre out of the picture on the right. A piece of Stanley Park is visible in the lower right.

  • When

    This photo dates from about 1950. Housing developments in North and West Vancouver had increased dramatically in the 1940s due to the new link with Vancouver.

  • Who

    Aero Surveys Ltd., the local company that produced the picture, pioneered the increasingly popular use of aerial-survey photography to pinpoint sites for residential and industrial development.