The bridge is 450 feet long and 230 feet above the river below.
The bridge sways and bounces and there are people that try to add more sway and bounce .
The first time across is quite an adventure.
But young and old seem to love it.
The return walk seems to be easier . Try to walk back without grabing the rail.
The Capilano Bridge seems to be the number one tourist attracttion in Vancouver .
Looks who has been there :
The Rolling Stones
The King of Spain
The entrance fee is $ 24.95 which is reduced by $4.99 on rainy days.
Capilano is a river to the North of Vancouver. This particular site has a private park with a suspension bridge over it and nature trails. It is on the way to (or from) Grouse Mountain, costs about CAN$25. The views from the bridge are stunning, and the trail interesting. Another plus is that this site is very easily accessible. The bridge is wobbly, and if you are afraid of heights stay away.
I spent an afternoon here at the historic landmark, taking in the view and pushig through crowds of tourists to cross one of the largest suspension bridges in north america. The fee for enternace was a little high but it included many different options. For history lovers, this site does a great job explaining the history of the area and the importance bridges like this one played in the industry of logging.
This is a must see attraction to Vancouver. I've heard about it from friends and decided to go even though I was afraid of heights.
The spectacular 450 foot Capilano Suspension Bridge spans 230 feet above the canyon floor.
It was raining that day but we managed to enjoy ourselves. It was one of our stops after Grouse Mountain (another attraction you can't miss). Once you reach the other side of the bridge you'll see walk through a maze including tall beautiful trees, a pond, and a beautiful view of the canyon.
If you're searching for totem poles in the Vancouver area, the Capilano Suspension Bridge has some excellent totem poles located near the entrance to the park. These are located at the Totem Park inside the park. Excellent place to take a group photo here.
Also when you are at the Capilano Suspension Bridge park, there are six locations where you can get your park passport stamped including the Totem Park so that when you leave the park, you can get an official "I Made It" validation!
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is definitely a must-see because you get to walk on a suspension bridge that sways and creaks and spans 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River. You really think the bridge is not strong enough to hold all these people, but they claim it is strong enough to support the weight of ten heavy-duty military fighter planes. The admission to the park is $21.95 for adults and $16.50 for students with ID. (I've seen a $1 off per person coupon somewhere. You can find it on the web.)
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is an easy drive using the Trans Canada Hwy North of the city.
The bridge offers fantastic tree top views of the valley below (230 feet) and the pathway on the other side meanders down the valley to the Capilano river.
The attraction also offers a tea house, living forest exhibits, a deck along the edge of the canyon, carving centre and the "loggers grill" restaurant.
COST....$21.95...A little bit too expensive!
The Capilano Suspension bridge and park is actually located on in an area with rich First Nations history, I beleive it is also on the Squamish Indian Reserve, Canada's richest reserve.
As a part of the park tour I received some first nations people gave a talk about their history and done some drum dancing.
This was interesting if you are into cultural stuff, I just have one small problem with it. I have done a lot of travel in the north and there is value if authenticity. This is more touristic for sure and I found it almost humourous when I say these young white students dancing around with masks and stuff on, you can see some of them in this picture.
I think the presentation would be much better without them personally so we could concentrate more on the drumming and the words of the more authentic drummers.
Part of Capilano's captivating story involves the tradition of placing totem poles on the grounds at Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. In the 1930's Mac MacEachran invited local natives to place their poles in the park, adding a native theme. Those colourful poles are maintained in the exact condition in which they were received and are on display in the Totem Park.
If you participate in the tour of the site, you will get a good explanation between the differences in the totem poles and the regions in which they were carved as well as interpretation of the tools used to build the bridge and the history of the area and why the bridge was built originally.
I couldn't help but imagine how hard that bridge was to build or work in the logging industry backs in its start up days.
One overwhelming interest of guests to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park is the flora and fauna of the West Coast rain forest. While the forest itself remains untouched, the Living Forest at the west landing provides panels with interactive displays, fun facts and "what's that tree?" identification clues. Bug boxes show creepy crawlies at work in the soil. The giant "Naturalist's Notebook" panels illustrate life in the ponds and the world of a fallen tree. Visitors are well informed for their stroll through the rain forest, past tranquil trout ponds and majestic evergreens.
If your into eco-tourism this another great add on to your capilano tour.
As a new attraction at the Capilano Suspension Bridge they have what is called the tree top adventure.
It's all included with your access to the suspension bridge but you get way up there on top of these massive trees and then walk throughout the living forest literally from the tops of the trees walking via suspension bridges connection to the trees.
I would certainly recommend this adventure and view of the forest.
Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park is Vancouver's oldest and most famous attraction, drawing over 800,000 visitors and 450 tour operators annually.
Originally built in 1889, today's bridge is the fourth bridge at this location, 450 feet across and 230 feet above Capilano River.
This is not as daring as you might think, but I guess if your afraid of heights it maybe an issue or if it started to swing back and forth but it is very safe structurly.
Next visit I am going to try and get to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge apparently not as long but free and higher up.
Although it's safe, you will want to grip the rope as you step out on to the creaky wooden planks of this bridge, which provides a look down at the glorious Capilano River raging 230 feet below. This popular attraction, the city's oldest, isn't recommended for those who fear heights. Ten minutes from downtown, the attraction includes a restaurant, Trading Post gift shop, a Native Carving Centre and guided tours.
Nov 1-Mar 15: 9am-5pm daily; Mar 16-Apr 12, Oct 15-Oct 31: 9am-6pm daily; Apr 13-May 3: 9am-6:30pm daily; May 4-May 17, Sep 4-Oct 14: 9am-7:30pm daily; May 18-Sep 2: 8:30am-8pm daily
This bridge is one of Vancouver's most well-known and visited sites. The original bridge, built for Scottish engineer and Stanley Park builder George Grant Mackay in 1888, when he purchased property over in North Vancouver around the Capilano River. The orignal bridge was made of hemp rope and cedar. Since 1888, the bridge has been rebuilt several times, with the current structure dating from 1956, and thankfully is much more safer than the original!
Walking acorss the bridge is a mixture of wonder and being scared crapless. Below you, you'll see the dense forest gorge where the Capilano River runs cuts through, while the bridge jiggles around with every footstep. You'll be rewarded once you cross to the other side, where trails take you into dense British Columbian rainforest.