Vancouver Icons: Canoe Bridge

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Aside from The Birds or the Salt Building, Canoe Bridge is probably one of the most photographed landmarks in the Village on False Creek making it today’s Vancouver Icon photo feature:

Canoe Bridge
2008 – Photo credit: Demelo Photography on Flickr

Olympic LegacyPhoto credit: P Squared Pics on Flickr

Vancouver 2010 Aftermath: Seawall Re-Opened to Public at Olympic Village
Photo credit: susan gittins on Flickr

The bridge narrowly pre-dates the rest of the Olympic Village buildings. Surrounded by such great scenery, its unique shape and placement makes it a popular subject for photographers.

The Canoe Bridge itself is 40-meter long and it spans across a section of the waterfront saving people from walking around. The bridge also serves to shelter the Tidal Amphitheatre, a stepped foreshore formed by granite blocks that leads directly to the sea. The Canoe Bridge was designed to mimic the ribs of a canoe or kayak. A tribute to the non-motorized boating experience that is an integral part of the people of the north.

Many have complimented its wavy or aerodynamic design. The undulating form is actually very inviting and quickly became a favorite spot for many joggers, pedestrians and cyclists. The floor of the Canoe Bridge is made up of mesh-iron grid to maximize daylight for the marine habitat below. [Vancouver21]

The bridge was also featured in Dwell Magazine last year and has become a favourite route for those traversing the Sea Wall around Vancouver.

False Creek
Photo credit: Sduffy05 on Flickr

False Creek Village Photowalk Off in the Distance
Photo credit: Miss604 & Matzuda on Flickr

Canoe Bridge, Mount Pleasant (Olympic Village) Vancouver
Photo credit: Cam in Van on Flickr

Canoe Bridge
Photo credit: Chris Maki on Flickr

Canoe Bridge Runner
Photo credit: Mark Faviell on Flickr

2015 - Vancouver - Canoe Bridge
Photo credit: Ted McGrath on Flickr

Village Ghost
Photo credit: kenmcall on Flickr

Canoe Bridge - Explored!
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

False Creek, Canoe Bridge
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Purple Reign

Other Vancouver Icons posts include: Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

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  1. TylerIngramMonday, January 7th, 2013 — 4:45pm PST

    I did not know the name of that bridge. But knowing the name now the shape of it makes sense. Cool!

  2. LiquidMonday, January 7th, 2013 — 8:06pm PST

    I didn’t even know we had this bridge in Vancouver. Very cool 😀

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