This article was published on March 25th, 2012
Just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge, an award-winning, destination attraction on the North Shore Mountains that gives visitors a true taste of the Pacific Northwest.
The original suspension bridge was built in 1889 and since then the bridge has seen millions of visitors cross over – well, not the original bridge which was made of hemp and cedar plans – it’s been modified and replaced with steel cable which is anchored in 13 tons of concrete on both sides of the canyon.
Recently the park opened up a new cantilevered and cable suspended bridge and walkway, anchored into the cliff wall, overlooking the Capilano River. The new Cliff Walk has special glass panels that allow visitors to look directly down at the canyon floor.
The park is filled with First Nations artwork, totem poles and the rich history of the Capilano area. The stories come to life through educational areas and special interactive zones located around the park.
On the west side of the canyon there is an entire overhead suspension bridge pathway through the treetops, taking visitors across some of the largest old-growth trees in the area.
There are free tours throughout the day. On the way out, stop by the gift shop for unique hand made Canadian gifts, snacks and souvenirs.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is located at 3735 Capilano Road in North Vancouver and is open 364 days per year (only closed on Christmas Day). Adults passes are $29.95, and BC residents can upgrade to a full year season pass for free with valid ID. The park is generally open from 9am – 5pm, but check their website because their hours change throughout the seasons.