The emerald green North Shore can seem like a world away when you're down in the buzzing city. But, after a pleasant drive across the Lionsgate Bridge, you will be surprised how quickly and easy it is to get to. If you don't have a car, the bus system in Vancouver can get you to most, if not all, of the attractions in North and West Vancouver. Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most delightful places to visit and it's tucked away in the lush forests, resting above chilly rushing waters. It's picture perfect!
Totem Pole at Capilano Suspension Bridge — Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver
The ticket counter almost feels as though you're passing through a gateway to a magical world because once inside, you will be in awe of the soaring trees, crisp air and the beautiful (and very large) Totem poles that stand tall. It feels like you have stepped back in time and the historical information that's on display helps bring you back to when it all began.
The bridge is open year-round and in the fall you can take advantage of checking out the fish hatchery and view the adult fish jumping up the ladders. During the winter holiday season, they set up a light display that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.
The bridge itself was built in 1888 by George Grant Mackay and if it makes you feel any better, he was a civil engineer and knew a thing or two about constructing such a bridge. The original bridge was made from hemp, but was replaced by wire cable in 1903, after he died. The bridge has undergone many upgrades since it was first built, so don’t be afraid when crossing the bridge, you feel it wobble beneath your feet.
There's more than just the main suspension bridge to check out, and when you reach the other side, you will be greeted by the Treetop Adventure area. It's a fun series of bridges, walkways and steps to climb that is interspersed with fun facts and educational notes about the trees, area and wildlife that surrounds you. Some of the trees are hundreds, upon hundreds of years old, and that in itself is quite a humbling experience.
On a sunny day in Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge may just be one of the most rewarding ways to spend a nice day in the fresh air.
Capliano Suspension Bridge Aerial Shot — Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver