Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of Greater Vancouver's earliest tourist attractions, the original bridge was built in 1889 by Scotsman George McKay and well-known Squamish figures August Jack and his brother Willie. The current bridge in place since 1956 is built of wire rope with wood decking and stretch 137m (450ft) across the canyon and 70m (230ft) above the river. It is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. When you are on top of the bridge be aware that it can really move up and down quite a bit when other people are walking across.
The suspension bridge is not the only fun attraction in the park. Once you cross the bridge you walk right into the rainforest. Here you can enjoy the seven suspension bridges of "Treetops Adventure", a unique, tree-friendly encounter high in the forest. It connects several trees with suspension bridges that hang fairly high above the ground. After that you can enjoy the different trails, small waterfalls and nature walks in this beautiful park.
Don't miss the new Cliffwalk which you can enjoy before you cross the suspension bridge. The Cliffwalk hangs for a heart-stopping 213m (700ft) and reaches up to 91m (300ft) high. This stunning walkway, made partly of glass, hugs the granite cliffside as it offers a panoramic view of the rainforest and canyon far below.
All this is included with your admission ticket. In December the suspension bridge and most parts of the park are covered in millions of Christmas lights to celebrate the holiday season. This is called the "Canyon Lights" which is also included in your admission if you happen to be here in December. If you are a resident of British Columbia, you can get a free annual pass with your 1 time admission fee so you can go back as many times as you like for a whole year!
It does cost about $35 (27 euros) per person to get in (children under 6 years are free), but it's well worth it if you can spend a couple of hours here. You can easily spend a whole more or whole day here.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is Vancouver's oldest man made tourist attraction. The park includes Capilano Suspension Bridge, Cliffwalk, Treetops Adventure and Raptors Ridge and the admission is free, IF you are no more than six-years-old. Otherwise, you will pay 22 to 35 Canadian dollars to visit.
On the way out to Grouse Mountain, we stopped at Capilano Suspension bridge. I have to admit it is much easier to drive to all those places rather than take the bus as I did the first time I visited Vancouver years ago. The bridge itself is rather jam-packed with other tourists, but the views are still good, and it's still a little exciting to walk as it bounces. There is now a tree-top walk which consists of more smaller suspension bridges spanning tree-tops. It is fairly high and quite fun.
It's a good way to spend 30 minutes to two hours with children, but if it seems just too crowded or there is a line-up, I would say give the whole place a miss. See my other review about Lynn Canyon Park not too far away where there is another suspension bridge, not crowded at all.
Originally built in 1889, stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River, so I would recomend not jumping!!!!
The websites below will give you all the info you need to plan your trip. Enjoy.
May 1 - October 31, 2007
Senior (65+) $24.95
Student (17+ and with ID) $20.75
Youth (13 - 16) $15.65
Child (6 - 12) $8.30
Child under 6 FREE
November 1, 2006 - April 30, 2007
Senior (65+) $21.95
Student (17+ and with ID) $18.45
Youth (13 - 16) $13.90
Child (6 - 12) $7.40
Child under 6 FREE
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Two weeks? That's a lot of time to explore the city and the neighboring cities of Vancouver.
I would go the Capilano Suspension Bridge and cross the longest hanging bridge in the world! (see my Vancouver pages). This takes a lot of time though because the park has all those hanging bridges between the tall trees that they put up recently. The cost per person to get in is $16.00. Make sure to bring snacks and warm clothes when you visit the suspension bridge. It's so awesome to just cross this bridge knowing that you have just visited the longest hanging bridge in the world!
Also, don't forget to go walk around the Stanley Park overlooking the City of Vancouver and North Vancouver! And, check out the Totem Poles!!!
Why not go to the Elizabeth Park? The Stanley Park and the Elizabeth Parks are free anyways. Then side-t6rip to the Vancouver Aquarium which is right in the middle of the Stanley Park...
Then visit the City of Seattle. You can take the train one way is $34.00 and the train brings you to Downtown Seattle. You can walk around the pier, to the Seattle Aquarium and walk up to the Seattle Market and see the famous Salmon Throw! Then catch the bus (free if you are in downtown) and go to Westlake Center and see the hassle-bustle of the City of Seattle...If you have more time, and if you come here on a Thursday, it's free to get in to the Museum of Flight. Anyway, let me know if you needed more information about Seattle...I work here...
This was a bad tourist trap. It was a waste of money. My wife and I paid $60 for about 15 minutes to cross the bridge and go back. There isn't much else. They have some people playing music and a few other bridges in some trees. If you ask me it is more exciting walking or biking across some of the other bridges in town. Vancouver is a great place to visit but this is a ripoff. It is worth $5-$10 at the most.
Crossed into North Vancouver by seabus and after visiting Lonsdale Quay, I hopped on the #236 bus to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The price of admission was discounted by a dollar after the person who sold my ticket told me to flash my bus ticket. The bridge was super cool and I wasn't scared walking across although it does sway a lot. On the other side of the bridge is a nice walking trail
Once we got to the Canadian boarder, I stopped by at the Information Center to get tourist guide books and free maps. The counter information center employees are very helpful to guide us how to get to Capilano Suspension Bridge and to Stanley Park. Since we just have one day to spend and we started late, they told us to visit Stanley Park first and then cross the bridge to get to Capilano - it was easier and pretty close to each other. The map they gave us were very good and we didn't have trouble finding these parks at all. They also advised us to buy our tickets over there and we can skip the long lines at the Capilano gate. She gave us $3.00 discount for being students. We showed our student identification cards to get the discount! The ticket costs $25.00 instead of $28.00!
1996- We visited my former elementary classmate in Vancouver, Canada and he brought me to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We walked across the bridge and looked down to the river! The Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, Canada, is the world's longest suspension bridge. It's load capacity is four Boeing 747! Imagine that? After crossing the bridge, I walked to the forests! The redwood trees are old and extremely huge! After crossing the bridge, I watched a North American Indian dance at the park.
1997-I brought my niece Ashley to the Capilano Suspension Bridge on September 25, 2007. The weather was so perfect to visit Canada- plus there were not a lot of tourists! There was no line getting to the Suspension bridge at all. The parks department added a new feature for tourists to do like the Treetops Adventure. These are minor suspension bridges that linked one big tree to another. There are steps that you go through and hanging bridges. Each huge tree have different features like one tree has the weather report, etc. These Tree Adventures are probably about 50-60 feet above the ground! They are beautiful because when you are walking up there, you can have a different view below.
Up north Vancouver, just before Grouse mountain, is located Capilano suspension bridge park, it sounds that the main attraction is the suspension bridge and most people who visit are tourists who want to see it, yes it's beautiful but it's not only that.. it's a big nice park, very old trees, various and interesting vegetation all the year. Unfortunatly there is no access to go down to do some hiking or to explore the park, the access was closed, I'm sure there is an other access from other place.
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