Braving The Capilano Suspension Bridge

 

Nestled below the North Shore Mountains, the Capilano River snakes its way toward the Pacific Ocean.  Set amidst the lush old growth forest, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is an attraction in Vancouver, Canada that is not to be missed on a visit to this vibrant city.

We have visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park many times as it is a great way to spend a day exploring in our hometown.  The park is located in North Vancouver, a short 20 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.  We love strolling through the many trails and experiencing the beautiful West Coast Rainforest. 

Perhaps, the most jaw dropping of things to do at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is crossing the 450 foot (137m) Capilano Suspension Bridge that swings and bounces 230 feet (70m) above the canyon and Capilano River below.  Originally built in 1889, you can feel the history of the countless visitors’ footsteps that have braved this journey across the bridge.  We highly recommend making the trek across as there is much to do once reaching the other side of the canyon.

The park strives to offer a glimpse into the history of the area.  As you enjoy the many walking trails, you will be able to see many examples of British Columbia’s First Nations totem poles.  The history of the park is also provided in many displays and visitors can read about the many changes that have occurred over the years since the suspension bridge was first built.

After crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge, we recommend grabbing a coffee or hot chocolate and then beginning to explore.  Be sure to check out the Treetops Adventure!  This attraction offers 7 smaller scale suspension bridges and viewing platforms that are located mid-story amongst 1300-year-old old growth Douglas fir trees.  You really feel like you are amongst the coastal rainforest, its inhabitants, and its sights and sounds.  Definitely a cool experience!  Plus, if you are a little bit afraid of heights, this is a perfect place to grab hold of your loved ones hand and snuggle up as you brave these 100 feet (30m) high suspension bridges.

Upon returning across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, head left to take in the most recent addition to the park, Cliffwalk.  Now, this attraction is for the more daring adventurers as it is a series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms that hang precariously over the canyon below.  Cliffwalk snakes along a granite cliff face above the Capilano River and it really gets your adrenaline surging. The narrow, high pathways that are glass in some sections all provide more opportunities to snuggle up to that special someone.  There is a great feeling of accomplishment once you have made it through Cliffwalk!

There are many other things to do at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park such as dining at one of the restaurants or cafes and shopping at the Trading Post.  It is easy to make an excursion to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park a whole day activity. 

Another special event that we have truly enjoyed at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is Canyon Lights occurring during the holiday season.  Typically starting at the end of November and continuing until the start of January, Canyon Lights is a festive event to get you in the holiday spirit.  With millions of lights twinkling throughout the Rainforest, Bridge and Cliffwalk, the park has a magical feeling.

A day trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a must-do on any vacation to Vancouver, Canada.  However, if you are a resident of British Columbia, it is also worth playing tourist in your province as there is a great deal on admission to the park for BC residents.  As a BC resident, you are eligible for an annual pass that includes free, unlimited admission to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for one full year including Canyon Lights.  All this is available with the purchase of one regular price admission.  It is a fantastic deal!!!  You also receive discounts on food and beverages at the restaurants/cafes and merchandise at the Trading Post.

So, when in Vancouver, head over to the North Shore for an exciting day at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.  Just get there early in peak season as it can be quite busy due to its popularity

For more things to see and do in Vancouver, check out our Vancouver Travel Guide.

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