The construction of the bridge began on March 31 1937. The bridge cost precisely $5,873,837.17 to build. It all began when the Guinness family (of beer fame), decided to invest in land on the North Shore. In 1932, they purchased 4,000 acres of West Vancouver mountain side through a syndicate called British Pacific Properties Ltd.
The Lions Gate structure is a suspension-type bridge. The design and construction employed the latest method of using rope strands to form the main cables, replacing the older method of using bridge wires laid parallel to each other. The suspended span has a total length of 2778 feet.
Art Deco inspired stone lions were sculpted by Charles Marega and placed at the Stanley Park entrance to the bridge.