Arthur Laing was a Canadian politician and Liberal Member of Parliament for Vancouver South between 1949 and 1953, and again from 1962 to 1972.
In 1953, he became leader of the BC Liberals and was elected to the British Columbia legislature to represent Vancouver-Point Grey from 1953 to 1956.
He was appointed by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as a Senator of Canada in 1972.
The Arthur Laing Bridge over the North Arm of the Fraser River and connecting Granville Street in Vancouver with Sea Island in Richmond was named in his honour and officially opened on May 15th, 1976. The south end of the bridge is located close to his birthplace, Eburne, a community that once existed on the northeast corner of Sea Island.
Yes, you can walk over the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver.
The walk, including bridge approaches is approximately 1 kilometer and offers views of downtown Vancouver, False Creek, and English Bay. Sidewalks on both sides are narrow, and may be shared with cyclists.
To reach Granville Island on foot, the best approach is to use the bridge’s east sidewalk, but use the crosswalk at the end to stay on Granville Street. Further along there will be steps on the left leading down to Granville Loop Park and from there walk back under the bridge towards Granville Island.
The first Starbucks in Canada opened in Vancouver on March 1, 1987 at the Waterfront Seabus Skytrain Station. It was the first Starbucks store outside Seattle and the company’s first international location.