Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

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North Vancouver, BC
  • River Gorge under Bridge is Deep but Hard to See
    River Gorge under Bridge is Deep but...
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  • Characters onTotems are from Story to Remember
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    Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: Cliff Walk

    by glabah Written Oct 20, 2015

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    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.

    Website: http://www.capbridge.com

    Cliff Walk at Capilano Suspension Bridge on Edge Entrance to Cliff Walk behind Trading Post Cliff Walk wanders along Edge of Cliff in Park Waterfall along Cliff Edge Trail Cliff Walk Observation Deck in Forested Section
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    Capilano Suspension Bridge: Treetops Adventure

    by glabah Written Oct 20, 2015

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    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.

    Website: http://www.capbridge.com

    Treetops Adventure dangles from Trees Signs Point Way to Treetops Adventure Staircase Towers at Each End of Treetops Adventure Bridges Between Trees create Treetops Adventure Visitors take a look at Forest Heights on Walkway
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    Capilano Suspension Bridge: Totem Displays

    by glabah Written Oct 20, 2015

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    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.

    Website: http://www.capbridge.com

    Totem Poles are Stories at Capilano Bridge Park Each Totem tells Story from First Nations Culture Story Poles line Walkway at Entrance to Capilano Characters onTotems are from Story to Remember Totems line Small Plazas along Capilano Entrance
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    Capilano Suspension Bridge: The Bridge Itself

    by glabah Written Oct 20, 2015

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    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.

    Website: http://www.capbridge.com

    Capilano Suspension Bridge and Guard Shack River Gorge under Bridge is Deep but Hard to See Capilano River Gorge from Suspension Bridge Looking Back towards Entrance on Capilano Bridge Capilano Bridge Details from Signs in Park
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    Scaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrry BRIDGE

    by vivacolombia Written Sep 26, 2005

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    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

    Website: http://www.capbridge.com

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