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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

North Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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  • The suspension bridge spans the forest floor and the Capilano River 230 feet below.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Authentic totems in the park depict the rich history of native people in the area.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The narrow stairs and walkway leading down to the start of the Cliff Walk.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The wood structure underneath the visitor center and deck above the Cliff Walk.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The Cliff Walk, although very safe, leaves some guests feeling a sense of vertigo.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Side view of the Capilano Bridge taken from the Cliff Walk.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The Cliff Walk features a bold semi-circlular stretch that takes visitors away from the rock face using a dramatically curved cable-span.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The engineering of the Cliff Walk curve is nearly as beautiful as the natural environment.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Open air under the feet of visitors to the Cliff Walk's dramatic curve.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The view from the Cliff Walk down the the forest floor and the Capilano River below.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Trees cling to the edges of the cliffs, the trunks growing out horizontally before extending vertically to the sun's rays.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • A waterfall cascades into a pool along the Capilano River, seen from the Cliff Walk.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • A glass plank projects out over the Capilano River hundreds of feet above the water.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Visitors walking out onto the plank overlooking the final viewpoint on the Cliff Walk.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Moss and ferns are indicators of the naturally wet Pacific Northwest climate.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Artificial mist and decorative salmon along the path refer to the wildlife and climate of the area.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • A vertigo-inducing view of the Cliff Walk curve from above.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The Cliff Walk and visitor center seen from the historic Capilano Suspension Bridge.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The Capilano Suspension Bridge from the western edge looking back toward the park entrance.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • One of the observation decks of the Treetops Adventure in the park with suspended walkways spanning between.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Long spans of walkways suspended between the large fir trees in the park.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • A close up of the suspended walkways among the canopies.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Guests enjoying the views from above on the Treetops Adventure.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The bridges between trees sway as you cross.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • A perch above a log provides visitors a chance to watch the fish below.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The Treetop Adventure crosses over the top of other parts of the park.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • The nature walk provides a glimpse into the gorge below.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Historical information and artifacts near the entry gate to the park.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • A non-crowded entry at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Free shuttles are available from downtown Vancouver for all visitors.- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique way to experience views. Great for kids.
Cons: 
Cost. Crowds.
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Alerts: 
The Nature Walk is currently under construction, and visitors cannot complete the entire loop. A portion of the loop is accessible via there-and-back access.
Region:
Vancouver Metro Area, BC
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most visited features in the Vancouver metro area, drawing over 800,000 visitors to the park every year. The historic hemp and cedar bridge was built in 1889, but it has since been replaced with a more modern cable bridge to support the increased tourism the area supports. The bridge spans 140 meters (460 feet) and is suspended 70 meters (230 feet) above the Capilano River. Visitor foot traffic helps to gently sway the bridge, adding to the suspense for those who cross.

Although the historic bridge is the most iconic attraction to the park, other features have been added for educational, historical, and ecological enjoyment. The Cliffwalk is a narrow procession down stairs from the main visitor center that uses minimal (but sturdy) structural support connected to the adjacent cliff. Railing made from glass and metal mesh provide views down to the forest floor below your feet, and unique angles and features of the rail create a sense of daring vertigo for many visitors who experience it. A dramatic curve in the middle of the Cliffwalk is suspended from a central point on the cliff, and steel cables radiate out to support the deck. The views to the Capilano River below here are outstanding.  

The Treetops Adventure is accessible from the west side of the Capilano River after visitors cross over the historical suspension bridge. The Treetops Adventure features access to multiple tree stands high off the ground that are connected by suspended walkways. Like the historic suspension bridge, the suspended walkways move and sway as visitors cross them. The tree stands are supported by tight compression fittings that wrap around the trees in lieu of hardware that must be drilled in, resulting in far less damage to the trees themselves.  

For those seeking less of a thrill from extreme heights, the park also features a large collection of historic totems. Exhibits near the main entrance provide historical context, including artifacts and photos with descriptive content. A nature walk provides a view of the surrounding area with plenty of beautiful views that feel less exposed. The park features ecological descriptions of the flora and fauna that provide excellent education for youth and adults alike.  

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