From the craggy, rugged splendour of the arctic north to the lush rain forests of the coast, British Columbia is a land of majestic and rustic beauty. Vancouver is no exception, known as an internationally cosmopolitan city surrounded by awesome natural splendour. One of the city’s most popular outdoor attractions is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Engineer George Grant Mackay originally built the bridge for which the park is named in 1889. He built it as a means to connect his home to the other side of the ravine. At the time, the large hemp rope and wood suspension footbridge was an engineering marvel. The bridge has since been rebuilt and has become one of the most popular stops for tourists seeking a respite from the busy bustle of the city of Vancouver.
Nestled in the valley of the Capilano River, the modern steel cable and wood bridge spans 460 feet and rises 230 feet. Over the years the site has become so popular, additional high-flying attractions have been added to the bridge. 2004 saw the additional of the Treetops Tour, a series of several smaller suspension bridges that span between some of the larger trees in the park. In 2011, another attraction called the Cliffwalk was added. Cliffwalk gives visitors the chance to take an exhilarating walk on a suspended walkway that is located on the side of one of the granite cliffs in the park.
A visit to the park is a great family afternoon activity. The park has many learning programs specifically developed for children. These programs help children learn the history of the bridge and the importance of natural conservation. During the month of December, the bridges are decorated in thousands of lights. Facilities for special events such as picnics and weddings are also available.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is open daily and year-round. The hours of operation vary from season to season, depending on available natural light.
Tickets for park include admission to the main bridge, the Treetops, and the Cliffwalk experience. Tickets cost $31.95 for adults and $12.00 for children 6-12 and $19.95 for ages 13-16. Senior citizens 65 years and older are $29.95 and students with ID who are 17 years and older are $25.95. Tickets can be purchased at the park or from O Canada House B&B.
The easiest way to reach Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is on their free (!) shuttle available from downtown Vancouver from May to October.
If you want to get there under your own steam, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is located only 10 minutes from the city of Vancouver. Visitors can travel by car by traveling through Stanley Park to the Lions Gate Bridge. After crossing the Lions Gate Bridge, they travel north to Capilano Road . Drivers can also come from the Trans-Canada Highway. They should travel westbound to exit #14 which is Capilano Road. Visitors can also visit the bridge via Vancouver city transits. Bus riders should take the Seabus to the Lonsdale Quay station. From there, they will need to transfer to the #236 bus. This bus will take them directly to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.