Head in the Trees
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Along a highway, past a lake and through a city made of glass, lies a lush rainforest. This isn’t a line from a modern day fairy tale. These are the directions to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, less than an hour from Surrey. Have you got a head for heights, a heart for nature and like your pastimes with a side of exhilaration? Then this is the place for you.
The park plays host to a number of attractions that offer a unique combination of history, culture and adventure – guided nature tours, explorer programs for kids, First Nations carvings demos, a totem pole park, a gift shop, and three restaurants.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
When it comes to British Columbia’s tourist attractions, this North Vancouver bridge wins Most Popular. It was built in 1889, 450 feet (137m) long and suspended 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. The view, the oxygen-rich air, the gentle swaying, and the serenity of the rainforest may leave you speechless.
As you tread the park’s nature trails, you’ll come across information about its ecosystem. If you’d like to learn more, the park offers complimentary mini guided tours, hourly.
See how the other half lives. And by ‘the other half’ we mean the birds and the squirrels. The award winning Treetops Adventure gets you high… thirty meters above the forest floor to be exact. The attraction’s innovative compression system doesn’t use any bolts or nails in the trees to secure its viewing platforms and seven suspension bridges.
Wander the forest canopy. Witness a thriving coastal rainforest. Venture from one majestic Douglas fir to another on a series of elevated suspension bridges. Enjoy this experience alone, or take a guided nature tour. Visiting with the littles? Sign them up for the Kids’ Rainforest Explorer program!
It’s as crazy as it sounds, in that heart-pounding, palm-sweating kind of way. This high and narrow cliff-side journey is not for the faint of heart.
Cliffwalk takes you to previously unexplored areas of the park, using a labyrinthine series of suspended walkways that follow a granite precipice above Capilano River. In some sections, glass is all that separates you from the canyon far below.
Cliffwalk is environmentally sensitive with only sixteen anchor points supporting the structure.
So get out, get gutsy, and visit our neighbour in North Vancouver. It’s guaranteed to be an elevating experience!
Check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
3735 Capilano Road
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7R 4J1
Photo Courtesy of The Capilano Suspension Bridge