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Yes
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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.  

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Unique way to experience views. Great for kids.

Cons

Cost. Crowds.

Address

Capilano Suspension Bridge
West Vancouver, BC V7S 1J5
Canada

Features

Geologically significant
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Bird watching
Wildlife

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Comments

04.01.18
The Capilano Suspension park is a fantastic way for a first time introduction to the temperate rain forests of British Columbia. We spent around two hours exploring the various attractions and views.

If staying at a hotel in Vancouver, I would check and see if they have a coupon for the park. My hotel, The Sheraton Wall Centre, had a 4 dollar coupon per adult guest. There also is free bus to the park departing from Canada Place and certain hotels.

*The nature walk loop is now accessible.
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