The Pattullo Bridge is one of the oldest bridges on the Lower Mainland,
spanning the north arm of the Fraser River between New
Westminster, located on the north bank, and Surrey,
situated on the south bank.
The bridge opened in 1937 and was named in honour of former BC Premier
Thomas Dufferin Pattullo who was in power from 1933 to 1941. Pattullo
was a Liberal Party member who helped find relief for the unemployed
and introduced social welfare programs to the needy during the height
of the Great Depression.
The road that crosses on the bridge is designated as Hwy 99A and
1A or the King George Highway in Surrey and McBride Boulevard in
New Westminster. This highway route can be quite busy during rush
hour, especially since the opening of the new Post Mann Bridge where
there is a costly toll (the Pattullo Bridge is free of charge).
the Pattullo Bridge
If you do want to get some spectacular views of the Fraser River
and the SkyTrain Bridge, there is a sidewalk that crosses only on
the west side of the Pattullo Bridge from Columbia Street. The sidewalk,
which is wide enough to accommodate bicycles, gives the walker a
chance to experience the narrowness and age of the Pattullo Bridge,
especially given the high volume of traffic - including a large
number of transport trucks which use the crossing constantly. Just
be prepared for dealing with various dangers associated with environmental,
weather, traffic conditions and other social issues.
Another great spot to view the Fraser River and the Pattullo Bridge
is at Westminster Pier Park. This family-orientated area is located
near the New Westminster Quay on the west side of the Fraser River.
Here you can find a kids' play area, views of the SkyTrain and Pattullo
Bridges, plus some public washrooms. At the moment, a new pedestrian
walkway will give more access to the park from Columbia Street.
For other views of the bridge and surrounding Fraser River, try
visiting Brownsville Bar Park, located at 11931 Old Yale Road in
Here you can find access to the Fraser River with panoramic views
of the Pattullo Bridge looking towards New
Westminster. Brownsville Bar Park offers a sandy beach with
around 300 metres (984 feet) of riverfront. The park is situated
between the SkyTrain Bridge and the Pattullo Bridge. The City of
Surrey's Greenways Plan makes a good starting point for cycling
in this part of Surrey on the Tannery Greenway.
Because of the old design, and the need to upgrade due to Surrey's
population increase, the Pattullo Bridge may be the next place for
a new bridge over the Fraser River. TransLink, the governing body
for transportation in Metro Vancouver, has commissioned a report
for replacing the Pattullo Bridge in order to meet local and regional
Another option reviewed by Translink is the cost for a rehabilitation
project to bring the Pattullo Bridge crossing up to modern-day standards
and to suit the future needs of the area. If this idea was chosen,
traffic routing in the area would be a real engineering challenge,
similar to the newly-built Port Mann Bridge.
Pub and Taverna Greka
For a good place to relax and a view of the bridge from New
Westminster, you can visit the Brooklyn Pub at 250 Columbia
Street or for a family restaurant, try going to Taverna Greka located
close by at 326 Columbia Street.
on Pattullo Bridge