Capilano Suspension Bridge Park — Vancouver

Appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives – Capilano Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure and the exciting new Cliffwalk.

The 450 ft (137m) long, 230 ft (70m) high Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889. While the wobbly bridge and stunning location is a Vancouver landmark, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. History, culture and nature are presented in unique and thrilling ways with knowledgeable staff and interpretive signage providing as much, or as little, information as guests want.

Cliffwalk by Dronepicr. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The new Cliffwalk follows a granite precipice along Capilano River on a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms through rainforest vegetation. With 16 anchor points in the cliff supporting the structure and two glass platforms, Cliffwalk is not for the faint of heart! Interactive exhibits demonstrate the need for water conservation.

Treetops Adventure takes guests 100 feet into the mid-story of a coastal rainforest on seven suspension bridges attached to old-growth trees. It is accessible to guests age 2 to 92. Nature guides provide hourly tours, explaining the importance of a West Coast temperate rainforest to the ecosystem.

1890’s costumed staff provides entertainment, conducts guided tours through the Story Centre and eco-tours in the rainforest. Guests interact with First nations staff either at the Big House or in the rainforest. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has the world’s largest private collection of totem poles, including early 1900’s local Coast Salish in the Totem Park and Haida, Tsimsian and Tlingit poles that have been carved on-site over the past 20 years in Kia’palano. The 100 year-old Trading Post, which retains its early 1900s mercantile flavour, sells Canadian gifts and take home memories. Seasonal events like Raptors Ridge birds of prey June to October and Canyon Lights in December enhance the many experiences at this year-round destination.

Capilano Suspension Bridge. Photo via Wikipedia

Open rain or shine every day of the year with the exception of December 25 (Christmas Day), the park conveniently offers free shuttle service from downtown Vancouver and free WiFi is available while on the grounds.  If you’re wondering how much time to allot for this attraction, the average time spent exploring is approximately 3 hours. If visiting during peak season months of June through August, the best and least crowded time to visit is before 10:00 am and after 5:00 pm.

Due to the nature of the attractions, the Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk are not wheelchair accessible. Visitors in wheelchairs or guests who are on crutches receive complimentary admission and can enjoy history tours, the Story Centre, Kia’palano, scenic views of the canyon, The Trading Post Gift Shop, food facilities and seasonal entertainment.  Dogs are permitted if on a leash.  Tickets are available for purchase online HERE and range from $54 for adults (ages 17-64), $49 for seniors (age 65+), $40 for students (17+ with valid ID), $30 for youth (ages 13-16 years), $17 for children (ages 6-12 years) and under 6 is free. 

 

 

Information and Lead Photo via Tourism Vancouver
Cliffwalk by Dronepicr photo (
30852712848) via Wikimedia Creative Commons License 2.0

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