Spring has arrived in Vancouver (or even summer!). Inspired by the scent of blooming flowers and trees, we managed to get back on the road and explore a bit of British Columbia.
Some of the places we reached on the map of British Columbia recently were Capilano River Regional Park and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a green complex in the middle of a dense, high and almost always green rainforest—trees in this area are even 1000 years old. The park is known primarily for the suspension bridge over the canyon, opened in 1889. Capilano Suspension Bridge is 140 meters long and is located 70 meters above the Capilano River.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has been developed systematically, offering even more intriguing lookouts and expanding its paths over the river. There were new routes built between the cliffs as well as walking paths between the forest trees.
Currently, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has three main walking routes: a walk through the Capilano Suspension Bridge (1889), a Cliffwalk (2011) and Treetops Adventure (2004).
Cliffwalk in Capilano Suspension Bridge
My favorite path in the park leads through the cliffs. Walk here, in the air, feeling only small, wooden desks under your feet. From both sides, you're surrounded by the glass handrails so you can experience even more fascinating canyon views.
The path has a variable height, and the distance from the cliffs changes often too. In some of the most intriguing points on the way, the visitors stand just on the antislip gratings through which the canyon can be seen pretty clearly.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a private area in the middle of the rainforest, where walking routes over the canyon were designed—so, at the same time, it’s a very touristy place. The main benefits of a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park are nothing more but experiences related to walking a few dozen meters above the canyon, not exploring the wilderness on your own.
If this is something you are looking for, the hours spent on the paths will guarantee a mass of amazing views of the forest, canyon, and river. While walking the paths and routes, your heartbeat is much faster than usual and it's actually a lot of fun. If you are looking for more off the beaten track areas, the Capilano River Regional Park starts right around the corner with a lot of trekking routes along the river.
Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park during the week and, at the same time, as early in the morning as possible. There is a better chance to avoid large numbers of tourists and enjoy the views at your own pace.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is about a 25-minute drive from Vancouver, Downtown. Public transport is available, but you can also use the free shuttle bus from the Waterfront station.
Have you had the opportunity to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge? What other suspension bridges you have visited and which one you like the most?
The article was created in partnership with Capilano Bridge Suspension Park.