The Capilano Suspension Bridge hangs 70 metres above the Capilano River. This 140-metre long structure attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is one of Vancouver’s most popular attractions. Crossing this small bridge is not for those with a fear of heights, however.
In 1888 the Scottish engineer George Grant Mackay purchased a parcel of land on either side of the Capilano River. To connect the two sides he constructed a suspended bridge made from rope and planks of wood. Following his death, in 1904, the ropes were replaced by steel cables. In 1956 the bridge was completely rebuilt in just five days by its new owner Rae Mitchell, who immediately began to promote it as a tourist attraction.
Although the park came about thanks to the presence of the bridge, which still draws the majority of visitors, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has much more to offer. Its latest attraction is the Cliff Walk: a series of suspended footbridges secured to cliffs. In some instances the walkways are made from glass and visitors can look straight down into the precipice.
Another escapade high above the ground is the Tree Tops Adventure. This attraction offers visitors an insight into the ancient rainforest from the viewpoint of a squirrel. Visitors can stroll along bridges from one Douglas fir to another. Some of these trees are up to 1300 years old. The bridges and viewing platforms are attached to the trees in an ingenious way without damaging them through the use of pins or bolts.
During the festive season the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers the ultimate Christmas experience. The bridge is decorated with hundreds of lights and becomes a beacon of light in the dark valley. The rest of the park is also decorated with twinkling lights.
Address: 3735 Capilano Road
More information on: www.capbridge.com