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Aerial views of Belize City, Belcan Bridge to the Caribbean Sea, Bliss Lighthouse

Can you feel the warmth of the sunset as it slowly sets over Belize?

I just wanted to get a birds eye view and something different for you to enjoy. I had to capture this amazing sunset. The Belcan Bridge used to swing open for the large sailboats to pass through.

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The BELCAN Bridge today supports the economic livelihood of Belize. Built in 1969 through a Canadian Aid Program, the Bridge became necessary after Belize (formally British Honduras) experienced the onslaught of the 1961 hurricane and growing population within the old capital. The Bridge opened to its first set of motorists and pedestrians on December 3, 1969. The BELCAN Bridge connects the North and South Sides of Belize City and sits over the majestic Belize River.

From the everyday hustle and bustle to celebratory events and even civil unrest, this Bridge has witnessed it all. In recent times, the Bridge has served as the finish line for the Annual Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge, the stomping ground for the Annual J’ouvert and battlegrounds for the ‘maddest’ Carnival Revelers.

Today the 51-year-old Bridge is listed as a historical landmark in Belize City. As development on both sides of the Bridge continues, this anchored beast is still the best view within the area.

Writer: Mr Lucien Dawson


HOW MANY BELIZEANS KNOW THE SITE WHERE THE BELCAN BRIDGE WAS BUILT?

Photo and text by Hector Silva

I took these pictures, when I got my first Polaroid Camera. - I took it from the site where Mr Mario Perdomo build the SAVE U building.

The bottom picture shows, when the first abutment of the bridge was casted. The name BEL CAN was a combination of the nations Belize/Canada.

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