Vancouver Icons: Lions Gate Bridge Lions

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in 1939, two lions created by sculptor Charles Marega were placed at the south entrance of the Lions Gate Bridge. They were the last commissioned work for this prominent yet struggling Vancouver artist.

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To quote my blog post on this day last year: “Over the years the lions have been a sign of ‘quitting time’ for North Shore commuters, the focus of tourist photos, brought awareness to causes and campaigns through their mysterious get-ups, and provided support for our home teams.” Frequently photographed by park explorers and passers-by, today’s Vancouver Icon photo collection features the Lions Gate Bridge lions.

Lions Gate
Photo credit: fotoeins on Flickr

Stone Lion with Little Stanley Cup Between His Paws at Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge Stone Lion Wearing Specially-Made Vancouver Canucks Jersey at Lions Gate Bridge
Photo credit: susan gittins & susan gittins on Flickr

No Way Jose: Vancouver Canucks Jerseys on Stone Lions at Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver
Photo credit: susan gittins on Flickr

Lions Gate Bridge Sunset Photowalk Lions Gate Bridge Sunset Photowalk
Photo credit: John Bollwitt & John Bollwitt on Flickr

PHOTO - Tonight in Vancouver: The Gatekeeper
Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr

Lobsterphone For The Lions
Photo credit: Larissa & Jody Taylor on Flickr

Lions Gate Bridge Not just protecting the bridge
Photo credit: Tyler Ingram & kennymatic on Flickr

Life in the fast lane at Lion Gate Bridge
Photo credit: Jose B. G. Santos on Flickr

Other Vancouver Icons posts include: LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, 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. ArleneMonday, September 23rd, 2013 — 9:53pm PDT

    I have a question……why are there no lions on the north end of the Lions Gate Bridge????

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