October 1st – Burrard Bridge

Burrard Bridge, Vancouver

The Burrard Bridge from Granville Island wharf. This photo was taken late on a warm early Fall afternoon as a fog rolled in.

The bridge itself was built in 1932 and connects Kitsilano to downtown Vancouver. It is one of three elevated roads crossing False Creek.

Structurally different, it is slightly reminiscent of our Sydney Harbour Bridge. Not surprising considering they were built in the same era.

The bridge is decorated with art deco fixtures, most significantly the four pylons that are connected by broad galleries. You can also see busts of Captain George Vancouver and Sir Harry Burrard-Neale, sitting on ships bows as you approach the span.

But easily the cleverest design feature are the handrails. When travelling across the bridge at speeds between 40 and 64 km/h, it should provide an uninterrupted view of the landscape beyond.


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