Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - Vancouver, B.C.
Vancouver, BC, might be one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. There are so many wonderful parks throughout with gorgeous views and wildlife. There’s one that really takes the cake and its just a short drive north of downtown.
Capilano Suspension Bridge is a private park just outside the city, but deep within trees. The park offers complimentary shuttle services from various downtown pick up points up to the park, and then return service with proof of park admission.
When dropped at the grounds, you almost feel like you are at a theme park, with the ticket and information hut, stanchioned lines, gift shops, cafes and tour busses.
The line moves quickly and soon you find yourself walking along an informational path learning about the areas history, admiring the large totem poles on display and right around the corner is the bridge.
At first, it kind of takes your breath away. It is nearly 460 feet long, and it hangs 230 feet above the Capilano River. When you finally decide to step onto it, you feel a little weak in the knees.
The bridge sways and bounces with every move, and you are at the mercy of how quickly or slowly the people in front of you are enjoying the views. The surrounding forest is really breath taking. It’s so dense and green.
When you reach the other side, theres a network of boardwalks through the trees and along ponds, and the occasional peekaboo view of the river.
If you look up, you’ll notice smaller bridges connecting several old growth Douglas firs. This canopy walk is called Treetop Adventure. Its really quite fun to go from tree to tree, feeling like you just jumped into Swiss Family Robinson.
Once you head back over the bridge, there are hiking paths that will take you down to the river, and a gift shop, restaurant, and every few hours theres a musical performance right outside the gift shop.
I highly recommend this fun adventure, where the surroundings feel so far from city life. The outing itself can be as quick as a couple of hours, or a whole day if you plan on exploring the hiking paths.