MONOVA’s Lene Burgmann looks into the history of the Lions Gate Bridge.
Lions Gate Bridge is an iconic Vancouver landmark. Its slender form spans Burrard Inlet at the First Narrows and connects the unceded lands of the North Shore and Vancouver through Stanley Park. It is a reminder of our colonial past in that it is named after the twin mountain peaks on the North Shore that the British named The Lions, after two lion sculptures on Trafalgar Square in London, UK. The Coast Salish have called these twin peaks Sch’ich’iyúy (or Twin Sisters) since time immemorial. This name is rooted in place, the settler name is not.