Sunday, April 22, 2012

Burrard Bridge

The easiest way to get to downtown Vancouver BC from the south is by bridge across False Creek, a short, narrow inlet off the Strait of Georgia. There are three to choose from, but the Burrard Bridge is the most unique.
The Burrard Bridge is a steel truss Art Deco structure designed by George Lister Thornton Sharp and erected in 1932 under the direction of engineer John R. Grant.

The two massive concrete pylons have intricate architectural details. Their purpose is to hide the massive steel bridge supports in an aesthetically pleasing manner. You don't see new bridges do that as much these days.

The high central span gives private and commercial boat traffic unimpeded access to the protected harbours along of False Creek. So, if your headed to Vancouver on Burrard Street, make sure your passenger has a camera ready. Better yet, stop at nearby Granville Island and get some nice distance views. -- Margy

11 comments:

  1. I've always found the Burrard pleasing to the eye!

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  2. I'm so glad I've made plans to go into the city when I'm in BC next month. So beautiful in your photos, Margy.
    K

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  3. Burrard is one of my favorite bridges. I will be there sometime next month for a much needed holiday.

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  4. What a wonderful bridge this is! Why does it remind me of Camelot somehow? :-)

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  5. the second shot is awesome!

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  6. Love all the photos but the second shot is special.

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  7. Excellent shots. A beautiful bridge. I am going to have to go to Granville Island.
    Maybe this summer I will visit my sis in Kelowna and do some other visiting too. MB

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  8. great shots of the bridge!

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  9. Lovely shots! It's really a unique bridge. Thanks for stopping by.

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