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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
When you go to Vancouver you must go to Capilano suspension bridge, it has a beautiful view over the river. When i was there it was really special for me because it was my first time on a suspension bridge, at first its a little scary because it moves a lot, but after a while you get use to it. You can´t miss it!!!
The suspension footbridge crosses 230 feet above the Capilano River, a very natural setting only 10 minutes from downtown. It is on the same road that leads to the cable station for Grouse Mountain so you can easily combine the two. It is very tacky and touristy but it is worth it to cross over the bridge even if you are scared of heights as I am. I saw an episode of ‘funniest home videos’ where a woman was too scared to walk across but was determined to get to the other side so she got down on all fours and crawled, whichever way you do it, do it.
Apparently Lynn Canyon is Vancouver’s best kept secret but I did not know about it when I was there (that’s how secret it is, shhh you didn’t hear it from me!).
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
Apart from the bridge (check the travelodge on it), you can have a walk along the top of the trees. There are also totems and a beautiful river: Capilano river. For pics of the bridge itself, go to my Travelogue on Capilano Suspension Bridge: The bridge.
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.
This bridge isn't for the faint of heart! Making it across the bridge felt like quite an accomplishment. It's a long way down! Also in the park are some of the largest trees in B.C. and well as some great examples of totem pole carvings. This is something not to be missed and definitely a memorable experience.