Places To Visit In Vancouver – Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ‘Bc Suspension Bridge’

One of the most popular destinations in Vancouver happens to be one of its oldest destinations!  When Grant MacKay built the original BC suspension bridge across the Capilano River in 1889, he used hemp ropes with cedar planks.  Not quite as terrifying today, with its sturdy steel cables, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park draws over 800,000 brave tourists each year.  Spanning 140 metres across the Capilano Canyon, and perched 70 metres above the Capilano River, this is not an attraction for those who are afraid of heights.  But if you are willing to wobble your way over the bridge, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Capilano River, and a unique tree-top adventure. The BC Capilano suspension bridge is amongst the more popular places to visit in vancouver.

Places to visit in vancouver - BC suspension

Places to visit in vancouver – BC suspension

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The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers free shuttle bus services from several downtown Vancouver locations.  On a clear day, the bus ride to the park offers splendid views from Lions Gate Bridge.  The park itself is divided into several distinct sections.  With over 27 acres of trails and displays, you will want to reserve around three hours to avoid rushing through the grounds (running and bouncing is not permitted on any of the rope bridges).  Children are encouraged to complete a stamp booklet, with stamping stations located throughout the park.  Anyone who makes it across the bridge (and back!) can collect a certificate of completion at the park’s exit.

Places to visit in vancouver - BC suspension

The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park begins with the Story Centre, featuring historical photos, displays, and artifacts from the area.  Continue on to the Kia’Palano Village, featuring a collection of totem poles and demonstrations of carving techniques used by aboriginal craftspeople.  Crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge will take you to the Treetops Adventure, a series of 7 suspended bridges linked to old-growth Douglas Fir trees.

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There is lots to see and learn about the local rain forest ecosystem!  If the return across the Bc Suspension Bridge doesn’t do you in, then prepare yourself for the amazing Cliffwalk!  Anchored by just 16 mounts, this cantilevered walkway lets you get a bird’s-eye view of the valley (some of the walk features glass flooring).  Before leaving, check out the Trading Post Gift Shop.  Park management has avoided the typical tourist junk, and sell a variety of carefully chosen products that are high in quality and value.  Many of the products for sale here are Canadian-made, and are only available locally at this location!  I have spoken to many tourists who have visited the park, gone elsewhere to buy souvenirs, and then returned to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park just to purchase swag!

Places to visit in vancouver - BC suspension - The Cliffwalk

Places to visit in vancouver – BC suspension – The Cliffwalk

Capilano Bc Suspension Bridge Park Hours

January 4 to March 13, 9:00am to 5:00pm
March 14 to April 25, 9:00am to 6:00pm
April 26 to May 30, 9:00am to 7:00pm
May 31 to September 1,  8:30am to 8:00pm
September 2 to October 13, 9:00am to 6:00pm
October 14 to November 29, 9:00 to 5:00pm
November 30 to January 3*, 11:00am to 9:00pm

*the park is closed on Christmas Day

Capilano BC Suspension Bridge Rates

Adult, $35.95
Senior, $33.95
Student over 17, $29.95 (must show valid ID)
Youth 13 to 16,  $22.95
Child 6 to 12, $12.00
Toddlers (under 6), Free

Capilano  BC Suspension Bridge Address and Parking

The park is located at 3735 Capilano Road in North Vancouver.  Driving from Vancouver will take you about 20 minutes (longer in rush-hour).  Parking is available on Capilano Road directly across from the park at a reasonable $5 per car.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. James

    May 25, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Where are pick up locations for the shuttle?

    • James And Joey

      May 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you for your question, James! The shuttle bus runs daily from 9am to 5:30pm. Pickup locations are at Canada Place, the Hyatt Regency Hotel beside the Skytrain Station, The Blue Horizon Hotel at 1225 Robson Street, and the Westin Bayshore Resort. I hope you enjoy the park!

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