Jesse Dean Cook. Discovering West Vancouver's Most Glamorous Properties.

 

Ever wonder about the history of The Lions Gate Bridge? Below you will find excerpts from various publications including Wikipedia as it relates to this iconic West Vancouver monument.

 

The Lions Gate Bridge, opened in 1938, officially known as the First Narrows Bridge, is a suspension that crosses the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver, BC to the North Shore municipalities of the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver. The term "Lions Gate" refers to The Lions, a pair of mountain peaks north of Vancouver. 
 

The total length of the bridge including the north viaduct is 1,823m (5,890 ft), the tower height is 111 m (364 ft), and it has a ship's clearance of 61 m (200 ft). Prospect Point in Stanley Park offered a good high south end to the bridge, but the low flat delta land to the north required construction of the extensive North Viaduct.

 

Starting about 1890, bridge builders saw that a bridge across the first narrows was becoming a possibility. There were a number who argued against its construction, as many felt it would ruin Stanley Park or cause problems for the busy seaport or that it would take toll revenue away from the Second Narrows Bridge. However, many others saw it as necessary in order to open up development on the North Shore and it was felt that these problems could be overcome. The decision was put to the electorate of Vancouver in 1927, but the first plebiscite was defeated and the idea was put to rest for a short while.
 

Alfred James Towle Taylor, who had been part of this proposal and still owned the provincial franchise to build the bridge, did not have the finances to purchase the necessary large sections of property in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. However, he was able to convince the Guiness family (of the Irish beer fame) to invest in the land on the north shore of Burrard Inlet. They purchased 4,700 acres (16 km²) of West Vancouver mountainside through a syndicate called British Pacific Properties Ltd.
 

On December 13, 1933, a second plebiscite was held and this time, it was passed by a 2 to 1 margin. After considerable further negotiations with the federal government, approval was finally granted, with the requirement that Vancouver materials and workmen be used as much as possible to provide employment during the Great Depression.
 

The bridge was designed by the Montreal firm Monsarrat and Pratley and construction began on March 31, 1937. After one and a half years and a cost of $5,873,837 (CAD), it opened to traffic on November 14, 1938.

On May 29, 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth presided over the official opening during a royal visit to Canada. A toll of 25 cents was charged for each car.

The newly constructed bridge differed from the current configuration of the bridge as it originally had only two lanes. Yet, as had been foreseen, West Vancouver’s population boomed as a result of the new connection. Thus, to accommodate the increased population, the lanes were divided into three with the middle lane acting as a passing lane. Another difference with the original configuration was that in an effort to recover the expenditure it cost to build the bridge, the Guinness family had toll booths installed. The toll booths remained on the bridge until 1963, at which time the bridge was purchased by the provincial government for the same price that it took to build it. Changes were made shortly after the takeover, as the tolls were removed and the overhead lane controls were added. The Guinnesses’ last involvement with the bridge happened in 1986, when they added lights to the bridge as an Expo '86 gift.

 

 

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The West Vancouver Memorial Library was founded in 1950 as a memorial to honour those who gave their lives during the Second World War. 
 
Located at 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, the Memorial Library currently serves a population of close to 46,000. The Library has continuously grown over the past 63 years and now boasts a collection of ~327,000 volumes (including non-print) as well as one of the highest circulation rates in Canada (23 per capita).
 
Not only does the West Vancouver Memorial Library offer fun programs and events for people of all ages, but also special events such as the Friday night concert series! More information can be found by connecting to the link provided below.

 

http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/

 

Finally, in 2009 the West Vancouver Memorial Library was granted as the very first Safe Harbour location on the entire North Shore. The Safe Harbour sticker on the front door of the Library indicates that someone who has experienced mistreatment or is upset will receive a helping hand such as a telephone to use, a place to be safe from harm, and information about how to seek further assistance (police, medical, social services etc.).

 

 

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West Vancouver residents demand quality products and services and Whole Foods Market West Vancouver meets or exceeds everyone's expectations as to what a shopping experience should be.

 

Located at Park Royal South, when you enter the 38,800 square foot store you instantly feel a calmness not usually associated with a large store. It is truly a pleasurable experience to waltz thru the aisles that have been carefully stocked with only the freshest, healthiest and mostly organic products of the highest quality. 

 

The Specialty sections (floral, bakery, cheese, seafood etc...) are so well thought out that you are sure to create a wonderful meal at home whether it is for your family, friends or even catering a large event. 

 

What I enjoy most however is the Prepared Foods section. Time is of the essence in this day and age and whether you are able to pop in to eat or forced to grab something to-go, the quality, freshness and amazing variety is staggering. 

 

Whole Foods Market has also generously given back to the West Vancouver Community which gives yet another reason for anyone who has yet to stop by to give Whole Foods Market a try...I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

For more information please find the attached link below as well as a map for the West Vancouver location.

 

http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/westvancouver/

 

 

 

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My wife and I met with The Truffle House & Cafe owner Fabienne Chaber yesterday for yet another wonderful meal at this trendy new restaurant in the heart of the Dundarave Village.

 

Fabienne and her family moved from France to live in the most beautiful place in the world. Her warm and inviting personality shines thru and it keeps guests not only coming back for more, but telling their friends and family what a wonderful place The Truffle House & Cafe is to have brunch, lunch, or dinner.

 

This lovely 40 seat restaurant is described as a "restaurant, coffee shop, caterer, boutique and even art gallery." Executive Chef James Hodgins has infused French, Italian and West Coast into a flavorful blend of wonderfully delicous dishes. Fabienne likes to keep the menu fresh and as such, new items will appear on all menus in early May!


Our lunch consisted of a delicate Ham and Egg Crepe and delicious Chicken & Fig Panini with a fresh garden salad. The dessert special of the day was an unbelievable Grand Marnier Creme Brulee that was paired with Van Gogh Espresso Vodka. 

 

 

If you are looking for a trendy new restaurant with excellent service and even better food, I highly recommend checking out The Truffle House & Cafe located at 2452 Marine Drive. Below is the link to their website as well as a map for your convenience.


http://trufflehousecafe.com/



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The 6th Annual Taste of the Bay is taking place this Thursday, April 25th in Horseshoe Bay.

 

Each year, the Horseshoe Bay Business Association hosts an evening of sampling and sipping at shops spread throughout the village. The evening is a fantastic way to meet with friends and neighbours in an ideal setting overlooking beautiful Howe Sound.


The weather is supposed to be fantastic so if you haven't already picked up your tickets, below is information on how to obtain them as well as the cost and time of this great event.


  • Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm.
  • Purchase tickets at Presence (6367 Bruce Street), Indah Imports (6406 Bruce Street) or Gleneagles Community Centre.
  • Cost: Adults $20.00, Children under 12, $5.00.


A map is provided below and the event will take place in the shops just west of the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.

 

 

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Founded in 1945, The West Vancouver Yacht Club (WVYC) is nestled at the south-western tip of West Vancouver in beautiful Fishermans Cove.

 

The WVYC now has around 700 members and encompass juniors, intermediates, active and associates as well as seniors and social members. The WVYC has a truly wonderful community feel and holds many corporate events as well as weddings.

 

The WVYC is very well known for its top notch racing programs as yachts in all sizes and skill levels can race year round.  The location of the WVYC is such that wind is never generally an issue making it the most sought after location to moor in Metro Vancouver for any serious racer.

 

The highlights of the racing year are the Southern Straits Classic and the Pumpkin Bowl Regatta. These signature events attract competition from all around the Pacific northwest.


If you have always wanted to learn to sail now is the perfect time of year to cross that wish off of your list. Boating around Vancouver and the Gulf Islands is world renowned and I highly recommend taking advantage of this.

 

Below is a link for more information and happy sailing.

 

http://www2.wvyc.bc.ca/

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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The Beach House Restaurant & Lounge is located at the foot of the Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver. This spectacular restaurant offers up one of the most amazing combinations of wide angle views and delicious food that you will ever experience.

 

I had a wonderful dinner last night as the table enjoyed Fish Taco's, Seafood Linguini and Fish & Chips. As the sun dipped below the waters edge we finished our meal while enjoying a breathtaking sunset. 

 

The servers are delightful and why wouldn't they be working at a location that is literally on the beach. The patio will be open soon for the summer months and enjoying a couple Caesar's and Brunch on Sunday is an absolute must.

 

There is more information about The Beach House Restaurant & Lounge in the link below, and to get there you turn south on 25th Street off of Marine Drive.

 

http://thebeachhouserestaurant.ca/index.php

 

 

 

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Lighthouse Park is a very popular park in West Vancouver due to its rugged hiking trails and unmatched sunsets. The area is approximately 185 acres and almost fully enveloped by rainforest.

 

The iconic Lighthouse at the southernmost tip of Point Atkinson was built in 1875 and protrudes right into the Burrard Inlet. Point Atkinson was discovered and named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792, and has since been included as a National Historic Site of Canada.

 

If you and your family are looking for a great hike and want to feel as though as you are as far away from the hustle and bustle of the city as possible, this is a great spot. Wear proper footwear and you can access the park from Beacon Lane off of Marine Drive.

 

Below is a link which will give you more information, and I hope you find time on a weekend to check out this fabulous hidden gem.

 

http://westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=1190

 

 

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The Annual West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce President's Dinner & Business Excellence Awards takes place tonight from 6pm - 10pm at The West Vancouver Yacht Club.

 

The event is Sold Out and will showcase the very best and brightest of West Vancouver, as well as the winners will be announced in the following categories:

 

- Citizen of the Year

- Big Business of the Year

- Best Small Business

- Best New Business

- Best Innovator

- Young Entrepreneur

 

Also, Finalists of various short films created by students at Mulgrave School will be shown which promise to be spectacular!

 

 

Please find the link below for more information.

 

https://www.westvanchamber.com/page/calendar/ezlist_event_2a5368f1-e65d-45db-ab6b-1bf9c7b19c4f.aspx#.UXABkqt4YSg

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Looking for something to do this weekend?

 

Come join the excitement at the 8th Annual West Vancouver Police Family Carnival. With midway style rides, games and concession stands, as well as police vehicles, motorcycles and the WVPD Mobile Command Unit, there is plenty of fun to be had for all.  

Date & Time:  Friday April 19
                      3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
                     
                      Saturday April 20 
                      11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
                     
                      Sunday April 21 
                      11 a.m. - 6 p.m.


For more information plese visit the West Vancouver Police Department link below.


http://wvpd.ca/breaking-stories/6-new/835-wvpd-family-carnival-countdown


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Before or after your scenic walk along the Seawall between Dundarave and Ambleside, stop in at one of the two wonderful Delany's Coffee Houses in West Vancouver.

 

Delany's is a warm and inviting Coffee House with delicious food, excellent coffee and most important, friendly service. A great place to curl up with a good book on a stormy day, or take in the sunshine on one of two patio's at the Dundarave location.

 

This is a wonderful family run business who give back to the community. I highly recommend stopping by if you have not already. 

 

Below you will find a link to more information from their website.


http://www.delanyscoffeehouse.com/index.shtml

 

Dundarave: 2424 Main Street.

 

 

The Village at Park Royal: 815 Main Street.

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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The West Vancouver Community Centre located at 2121 Marine Drive "serves as the social, recreational and cultural hub of our community."

 

This gorgeous LEED-certified, 83,000 square foot property offers state of the art facilities. The Community Centre offers a multitude of activities to take part in whether you are into Dance, Arts, Sports, Aquatics or Music. Childminding is available and more information is available by clicking on the link below.

 

http://westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=2980

 

 

I hope you and your family enjoy this wonderful Community Centre as much as we do.

 

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I look forward to bringing you the very best of what West Vancouver, BC, Canada has to offer! 

 

Should you be after upcoming events or festivals, outdoor adventures, amazing eateries, history of the area or the best spot to watch a sunset, feel free to "Like" on Facebook or follow on Twitter and this will add to your feed.

 

Comments are always welcome and I hope you enjoy this West Vancouver Community Blog!

 

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