West Vancouver / North Shore – Lions Gate Bridge Traffic Cameras
Since 1998, North Vancouver.com and West Vancouver.com Ltd. brought you the only Lions Gate Bridge / North Shore Traffic web cam in existence. We were the first to bring you live coverage of the Lions Gate Bridge when it was under construction for two years and even partnered with the Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Transportation and Highways to ensure that the cam was live during this construction.
Now, in 2006, and with thanks to Drive BC, a series of network traffic cams have been placed at all the strategic Lions Gate Bridge on-ramps coming from the North Shore. Motorists are encourage to check all four of these Lions Gate Bridge web cams to plan their trips which, as from the beginning, we have been campaigning for and supporting. We believe they will help reduce gas emissions and travel times across the bridge into downtown Vancouver. We are happy to bring you this feed courtesy of Drive BC and in cooperation with both our North Vancouver and West Vancouver.com community websites.
Lions Gate Bridge Cam #1 | Lions Gate Bridge Cam #2 | Lions Gate Bridge Cam #3 | Lions Gate Bridge Cam #4
Lions Gate Bridge Web Cam #1 – Bridge deck lane and light indicators
North Shore Traffic Cam #1 is the only Lions Gate Bridge camera that indicates traffic patterns coming to and from downtown Vancouver. Since the Lions Gate Bridge is only three lanes wide, the middle bridge lane will alternate and lanes will change accordingly. The bridge is monitored 24 hours a day for problems and there are tow trucks situated at each end of the Lions Gate Bridge for emergencies (trust us, you don’t want to stall on the bridge at any time, so please make sure you dont’ run out of gas in times of extreme traffic jams). All North Shore traffic, from both North Vancouver and West Vancouver, from all 6 different roads, and probably over 12 lanes of traffic, must feed onto these two (and sometimes even one) southbound Lions Gate Bridge lanes. Yes, it is a lot of volume, but if you use this cam to your advantage, you can help plan your trip to downtown Vancouver. The right hand side lanes are the ones leading from the North Shore to downtown Vancouver. If you see TWO green lights, then we have the bridge in our advantage. If you see only ONE green light, and two red “X” marks, then be prepared to wait as everyone is trying to get into one lane to go to downtown Vancouver.
Lions Gate Bridge Web Cam #2 – North Vancouver bridge on ramps and “the loop”
North Shore Traffic Cam #2 is the only Lions Gate Bridge camera that indicates traffic coming from North Vancouver specifically. The cams show the traffic that has already entered the bridge lanes from North Van’s westbound Marine Drive and the intersection of Capilano Road. However, you cannot see that intersection or, what locals commonly refer to it as, “the loop” which is long and winds its way onto the overpass of Marine Drive and bridge deck. Traffic moving through the right hand side lanes are coming off of the Lions Gate Bridge from downtown and going into West Vancouver – cars proceeding straigh through on the right are entering North Vancouver. If you see cars lined up on the left hand side of the cam, then this shows that there is a line-up from the North Vancouver bridge entrance – however you have to follow the lanes back into the photo to see the start of “the loop” which can still mean a very long wait if traffic backs up along this road.
Lions Gate Bridge Web Cam #3 – West Vancouver Marine Drive on ramp feeder lanes
North Shore Traffic Cam #3 is located in West Vancouver and points East towards the bridge from the intersection of Taylor Way and Marine Drive – the lanes are the actual approach to the Lions Gate Bridge on ramp located at the end (top of pic). The entrance to Park Royal shopping centre lies just beyond the bottom of the picture. These lanes are the lanes you feed into after turning left from the southbound lanes on Lions Gate Bridge cam #4. If the traffic lanes on the right hand side of this cam are lined with cars, you can count on a long wait (30+ minutes) until you get onto the bridge deck. These bridge lanes are fed by both the Taylor Way / Marine Drive intersection and the Park Royal shopping center traffic so they are especially busy and hard to turn into, especially if it is during the weekly afternoon/early evening rush hour (4 – 7 pm) as there will only be one lane open on the bridge (see Lions Gate Bridge Web Cam #1 for the red/green light indicators). Other busy times include the daily morning rush hour (7 – 9 am) and Sunday afternoons.
Lions Gate Bridge Web Cam #4 – West Vancouver Taylor Way hill and Park Royal intersection feeder
North Shore Traffic Cam #4 is located in West Vancouver and points North from the intersection of Taylor Way and Marine Drive – the approach to the Lions Gate Bridge and the entrance to Park Royal shopping centre. This cam shows the traffic traveling both northbound (on the right) and southbound (left) on Taylor Way towards the bridge from the British Properties. If the traffic lanes on the left hand side of this cam are plugged, you can count on a long wait (30+ minutes) until you get through the Taylor Way / Marine Drive intersection, especially if it is during the weekly afternoon/early evening rush hour (4 – 7 pm) as there will only be one lane open on the bridge (see Lions Gate Bridge Web Cam #1 for the red/green light indicators). Other busy times include the daily morning rush hour (7 – 9 am) and Sunday afternoons. Check Cam #2 for the North Vancouver bridge on ramp as a possible alternative.