One of my favorite things about Vancouver is the Lions Gate bridge, the three-lane thoroughfare that links the downtown core to that nature lover's paradise known to locals as the "North Shore."
It's no Golden Gate, but the Lions Gate Bridge has a beauty of its own. With the majestic stone lions framing the northbound entry to the bridge, a trip across it—either on foot, by bike or in a car—rewards you with spectacular views of the North Shore mountains (world famous for downhill mountain bike trails), Burrard Inlet (where Alaskan cruise ships and cargo tankers float by), and the neighboring Gulf Islands (a year-round playground for boaters and fishermen).
The bridge is adjacent to the dense forest trails of the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, and hangs above the more than five-mile swath of the park's seawall, a winding paved path that was made for Sunday strolling.
The Lions Gate Bridge connects Vancouver, via Stanley Park, with the lesser-visited North Vancouver. A trip over the bridge is very beautiful, as is visiting the snow-covered mountains on the other side. A trip to North Van should certainly be justified, with Lonsdale Quay, Grouse Mountain, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge at your disposal.