Map &
Directions

Hours
mode_edit
Been here?
Rate it
chevron_left
 
chevron_right

Top Tours

 
Private Tour: Gardens of Vancouver
"Your private tour starts with a stop at the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver's Chinatown. The Chinese have a totally different perspective on what a garden should be and it must be seen to be understood. Take a short wal you travel to the highest point in the city the spectacular Queen Elisabeth Park and its sunken gardens. Originally a rock quarry for the early development of downtown it is now a spectacular garden and view point. Finally you'll enjoy the breathtaking Van Dusen Botanical Garden with an amazing array of what nature has to offer. This mature 55 acre (22 hectare) garden features displays of plants in picturesque landscape settings. Specific garden areas are planted to illust"""Spend a half-day in Vancouver's wonderful gardens on this private and personalized tour. Beauty
From CAD161.00
 
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour
"After pickup from select hotels Vancouver hotels your 4-hour tour starts in Gastown Vancouver's historic district. Stride along cobbled streets past 19th-century buildings. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the popular landmarks as you pass. Soak up the lively cultural atmosphere of Chinatown one of North America's largest Chinatowns and drive through Robson Street Vancouver's trendy shopping district in the heart of downtown Vancouver.Enter the urban oasis of Stanley Park and see Brockton Point’s nine historic totem poles built by the First People in British Columbia. Ascend to Prospect Point the highest point of Stanley Park
From CAD75.00
 
Best of Vancouver Private Evening City Tour
"This 3-hour small-group private tour includes the service of a professional local guide and vehicle and is available for groups as small as two or as large as needed. Small groups will travel in Luxury SUVs or Cadillac touring limos with all seats facing forward and easy in and out.Your talented local guides will show you the best that Vancouver has to offer. The tour starts with 6pm pickup at your hotel. Afterwards you'll visit famous attractions such as Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. Then stop at Chinatown the second largest on the west coast of North America and one of Vancouver's oldest neighborhoods before heading to Gastown
From CAD104.00

Capilano Suspension Bridge Tips (5)

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: Cliff Walk

It doesn't take too much time to figure out that the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of the most popular attractions in the Vancouver area. While the name is fairly obviously oriented around a primary attraction at the park, the fact is there are several different trails here.

Cliff Walk is one of the more recent trails, and as the name implies the trail wanders a short distance north of the main park area by being suspended from the edge of the cliff.

The trail is an approximate 3/4 of a mile / 1 km loop that starts on the cliff side of the trading post gift shop, and immediately descends to cliff edge level by a spiral staircase.

From there on out the views are mostly at treetop level, and give you a view of the surrounding hillsides and the Capilano River below.

This walkway also provides a few decent views of the Capilano Suspension Bridge itself. At the end of the loop there is a viewpoint out over the edge of the cliff that provides a good look at the suspension bridge and a look at the waterfall that comes down the hill at the curve in the Capilano River (may not be present in dry months).

The loop trail returns to the area behind the trading post on a one-way trail, and there are educational signs and sculptures about water and the temperate Pacific Northwest rainforest that surrounds the park.

Please leave time to take a look at some of the signs along the trail, and please don't be in a rush as there are only a few places where the trail is wide enough for people to comfortably pass.

See my main Capilano Suspension Bridge Park tip for more information about how to get to the park and other features of the park.

glabah's Profile Photo
glabah
Oct 20, 2015

Capilano Suspension Bridge: Treetops Adventure

While the name Capilano Suspension Bridge Park describes the main attraction at this park, it does not tell you much about the rest of the trails in the park.

One of those trails, and located on the west side of the famous bridge (so you have to cross the bridge to get to the trail) is the Treetops Adventure. As the name implies, the Treetops Adventure is mostly a series of smaller suspension bridges running between platforms attached to some of the larger trees.

Despite the treetops name, the walkways really only go part of the way up the forest. Also, with all the tourist traffic, there isn't a huge chance of being able to see some of the bird life that lives in the upper tree canopy ecosystem.

However, that is not to denigrate what the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has accomplished here at all. This is one of the very few elevated forest walkways in the Pacific Northwest, and provides a view of our forests that few otherwise take the time to see. My hope is that those who visit the park and visit the Treetops Adventure gain a better appreciation for the forests in our region.

See my main Capilano Suspension Bridge Park tip for more information about how to get to the park and other features of the park.

glabah's Profile Photo
glabah
Oct 20, 2015

Capilano Suspension Bridge: Totem Displays

While the Capilano Suspension Bridge is the most famous attraction at the privately run park of that name, there are a number of features and things to do inside this park that go beyond the suspension bridge.

One of the displays close to the park entrance is Kia'palano, which is a set of small plazas on the entrance trail and which highlight the First Nations of this part of British Columbia. If you have the ability to do so, please take the time to go through the First Nations displays that are located along this part of the park entrance.

Each totem pole is a story of its own, and the faces carved on the pole are the main characters in the story. The poles serve as a reminder to all who view them of the stories that inspired the pole. These are objects of historical significance because of the stories they depict. If you don't have pen and paper this is one way to write down a story so that future generations don't forget the lessons it teaches.

See my main Capilano Suspension Bridge Park tip for more information about how to get to the park and other features of the park.

glabah's Profile Photo
glabah
Oct 20, 2015

Capilano Suspension Bridge: The Bridge Itself

Naturally, as the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a popular tourist attraction in Vancouver, the bridge that created the name of the park and started the tourist traffic to this location is a prime feature on a number of photographs.

The Capilano River Gorge is very deep at this point, but because it is so deep at this point you don't really realize how spectacular the construction of the bridge is until you get to a spot over the river where you can really see how far down the water really is.

Photographs on the bridge are a bit difficult because whenever there is anyone on the bridge it is in constant motion. It doesn't matter if people are trying to sway the bridge or not, the bridge has a lot of spring in it and is always in motion.

There is a guard shack on the east end of the bridge and the guard is always watching for people doing unsafe activities that may cause issues. Please pay attention to whatever the guard says, but keep in mind that a number of park visitors do not speak English or speak limited English. Therefore, they may not understand what is being said.

The bridge is an interesting feat but in reality today it is only one small part of the attractions at the Suspension Bridge Park.

See my main Capilano Suspension Bridge Park tip for more information about how to get to the park and other features of the park.

glabah's Profile Photo
glabah
Oct 20, 2015
 
 
Sponsored Listings

Hotels Near Vancouver

Hotels
898 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1J8, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
2006 West 14th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2K4, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
711 West Broadway, @ Heather Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 3Y2, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 3R9, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
205 Kingsway, (formerly Comfort Inn), Vancouver, British Columbia, V5T 3J5, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
322 Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5Z6, Canada
Show Prices

Scaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrry BRIDGE

25$/adullt to get to the park is extremly unappealing... but it can actually be a great way to spend a good half a day in the park. The good thing is that once you cross this amazing bridge, you can do mini hikes through the West Coast rainforest, stop in pic nic areas for a snack, feel like a kid in the "top of the tree" walks...

Generally opens from 9 to 6.30pm

vivacolombia's Profile Photo
vivacolombia
Sep 26, 2005

Top 5 Vancouver Writers

Carmanah's Profile Photo

Carmanah

"A Local's Perspective"
View Member
rmdw's Profile Photo

rmdw

"Vancouver, BC - Canada's Pacific Gem!"
View Member
jamiesno's Profile Photo

jamiesno

"Vancouver, BC, Canada!"
View Member
spitball's Profile Photo

spitball

"Vancouver, my current home"
View Member
joiwatani's Profile Photo

joiwatani

"Vancouver,the best neighbor city of the USA!"
View Member
 
 

Things to Do Near Vancouver

Things to Do

South Granville Rise

South Granville (also called "South Granville Rise") is an upscale shopping district south of downtown Vancouver. The heart of South Granville's commercial area spans along Granville Street between...
View More
Things to Do

VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Vancouver's wet climate produces some of the most lush gardens in North America. Because of the climate and the mild temperatures, Vancouver's gardens are vibrant and green year round. This is unlike...
View More
Things to Do

Bloedel Conservatory

The Bloedel Conservatory is a small round building located in Queen Elizabeth Park. I had read another Mother's review of it online and figured it would be a great place to spend an afternoon with our...
View More
Things to Do

Queen Elizabeth Park

The Bloedel Conservatory is located in Queen Elizabeth Park at the top of Little Mountain. It is a large dome overlooking the city and the mountains. Inside this dome is a large temperature controlled...
View More
Things to Do

Totem Poles

Located in the northeast area of Stanley Park, the First Nations artwork area is most famous for its totem poles. However, there are also several other pieces of artwork here. This includes a Story...
View More
Things to Do

Granville Island

Enjoyed all of the restaurants & shops. This was a real foodie paradise with markets, gourmet shops and all sorts of items cooking. We took a water taxi to Granville and the trolley back to our hotel.
View More

Getting to Vancouver

Address

North Vancouver, BC

Hours

We don't yet have hours for this Off The Beaten Path. Help us improve our info!

Map