Archive Photos: Cambie Bridge Construction

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The Cambie Bridge as we know it is the third iteration of a crossing in that particular area connecting south east False Creek with the downtown peninsula. The first Cambie Bridge, named after Cambie Street’s namesake Henry John Cambie, was built in 1891.

1920 – Connaught (Cambie) Bridge horses and streetcars. Vancouver Archives # CVA 92-1

In 1911 it was replaced by the Connaught Bridge, named in honour of the Duke of Connaught’s visit to Vancouver where he dedicated the new structure in 1912. The Connaught Bridge was still referred to as the Cambie Bridge by locals, and in 1985 it was replaced for Expo86 and officially called the Cambie Bridge once more.

I recently came across a batch of scanned images of the Cambie Bridge’s construction (1983-1985) in the Vancouver Archives. These photos are all attributed to Al Ingram.

1983: Looking south from the Connaught Bridge. Archives# CVA 800-2573.


1983: Archives# CVA 800-2437 & CVA 800-2439.

1983: Archives# CVA 800-2567.

1983: Archives# CVA 800-2568 & CVA 800-2545.

1983: Archives# CVA 800-2563 & CVA 800-2483.

1983: Archives # CVA 800-2469.

These photos and more can be found at the City of Vancouver Archives, in person and online.

Related: Archive Photos of the Day: Granville Street Bridge History, Vancouver Icons: Centennial Rocket

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  1. MarkHay RepThursday, November 28th, 2013 — 10:29am PST

    Hey, that’s a nice “vintage” collection (even though it is of the 3rd-refurbished version). This bridge grew in size with time and technology – 2 lane, 4 lane and then 6 lane. I wonder why didnt they created new ones instead of renovating the same one again and again. Or is it due to some emotional factors involved?

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