Most of you know, I am not the type of person who is ‘one with nature’. I would happily swap a day in the woods for a three course meal any day. The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver however, is definitely an exception to this rule. Seb, Louisa and I spent a morning here, en-route to Grouse Mountain and trust me when I say this; you need to visit!
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano river in Canada. This is by no means a small bridge – 460 ft long and 230 ft above the river, it is bound to test those nerves. The bridge was originally built in 1889 by the Scottish civil engineer, George Grant Mackay. Bridges are there to get somebody from point A to B but the Capilano Suspension Bridge is so much more. The views are absolutely breath taking and and the bridge is a thrilling experience to walk on – maybe one of the reasons it draws over 800,000 visitors every year.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is however, more than just a bridge and this is what makes it really special. You have so much to do here. Grab a hot chocolate at the Dr Woods Cabin and breathe in the cedar scented rainforest air as you walk through the Treetops Adventure and spot the 1300 year old Douglas-firs. If you want something a bit more adventurous, try the Cliffwalk which follows a granite precipice along Capilano River with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms. Pretty scary stuff! Lucky enough to visit during the Christmas season? Enjoy the Canyon Lights when the whole park is transformed with hundreds of thousands of light and comes complete with the world’s tallest living Christmas tree. You really have so much to do!
If you find yourself in Vancouver, add the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to your itinerary. The stunning views, the adrenaline rush and the breath of activities makes it your perfect adventure playground.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
3735 Capilano Road
North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1
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