Are you planning a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park? It’s quite an oasis for nature lovers, especially if you are planning to go after a busy day in Downtown Vancouver. But don’t plan a very short visit. If you love nature and old-growth trees, you could easily spend more than a few hours at the park, after which you can explore the neaby Cleveland Dam and then eat and shop at the Edgemont Village.
Though it’s a bit cliché to say this, but the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has got something for everyone: Of course, there is nature, a slightly woobly and very historic suspension bridge, various seasonal events and there is fun, educational stuff for kids too.
Capilano Suspension Bridge: A fascinating history
The Capilano Suspension Bridge, a remarkable engineering marvel, has a rich history dating back to 1889. Constructed by Scottish engineer George Grant Mackay, the original footbridge was a testament to human ingenuity, made from durable hemp and cedar planks. Over the years, the bridge has undergone several upgrades and expansions, culminating in its current awe-inspiring incarnation. Stretching an impressive 450 feet in length and towering 230 feet above the ground, this remarkable structure offers an unforgettable experience.
As you walk across the bridge, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the majestic Capilano River and the lush rainforest that envelops it. It’s a setting both serene and thrilling. The journey takes anywhere from five to 15 minutes, but it’s a destination in itself. Once you cross over, there is huge park enlivened by beautiful trails.
There is also the Treetops Adventure, a captivating experience that allows visitors to explore a network of suspended walkways and elevated viewing platforms nestled high up in the trees. From this unique vantage point, observe the intricate forest canopy and witness the vibrant wildlife that calls it home, if you are lucky. This is a place where history, engineering prowess, and natural beauty all converge. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply someone in search of tranquility, the iconic landmark will leave an ever-lasting impression.
Adventures for kids:
Young explorers will love the Kids’ Rainforest Explorer program at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, where they can learn about the plants and animals of the Pacific Northwest in a fun and engaging way.
From scavenger hunts through lush green forests to engaging interactive exhibits showcasing the wonders of nature, this program is designed to ignite and nurture kids’ curiosity and deep appreciation for the natural world. There is also the enchanting Story Centre, a space where children can listen to tales of the forest and the wildlife, an immersive experience that makes you forget you are not far away from Canad’a second-largest city.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is renowned not only for its breathtaking beauty, but also for its seasonal events that do a splendid job of transporting visitors to enchanting realms. As the winter approaches, the park magically transforms into a mesmerizing winter wonderland, with glistening snowflakes adorning the trees and a charming festive ambiance filling the air.
Step onto the suspension bridge adorned with over a million sparkling lights, and be captivated by the Canyon Lights holiday festival. In the Fall, the park becomes a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and harvest celebrations. Lose yourself in a riot of autumn hues as you stroll through the park, surrounded by the foliage that paint the landscape in shades of gold, red, and orange.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park also hosts Canyon Frights, a spine-chilling Halloween celebration.
Some FAQs on the park
When is the best time to experience the splendor of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park?
The park is open morning until evening through every season and only closed on Christmas day! Planning a visit? Check out their opening hours and then get your tickets online. Please note that hours are subject to change.
Is parking available at the park ?
There is limited pay parking available at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park at $8.00 for three hours, though RV parking is extremely limited.
How long does it take to cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge ?
It can take anywhere from five to 15 minutes to cross the bridge, though exploring the entire park can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to see and enjoy.
Is the park open if it’s raining ?
Yes, the park is open, rain or shine. In fact, rainy days provide a much quieter experience, though the management asks that you dress appropriately for the weather. You can also buy umbrellas in the gift shop.
Is there a free shuttle to the Park ?
Yes, there is a free shuttle from Downtown Vancouver and the park highly recommends that it be used. Timings for the shuttle can be seen here.
Are drones or selfie sticks permitted ?
No drones or selfie sticks are not permitted in the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s website for more FAQs and more information on how to make your visit a memorable one.