Capilano is a nice convenient way to see nature. They provide a shuttle bus from Vancouver to the bridge park year round. I’ve been wanting to come here since seeing it on the TV show Psych. I’d watch the British Colombia episodes a few times a year because I wanted to visit that bad and it looked pretty.
We grabbed some Tim Hortons (it’s like Canadian Dunkin Donuts if we need to make a comparison) and hopped on the shuttle. After 3 years of badly wanting to see it, we made it!
The Capilano Suspension Bridge didn’t scare me (I’m afraid of heights). I was quite surprised I was ok. Sea to Sky scared me. The bridge sways but you’ll easily forgot the swaying when you take in the view.
Built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver . In 1903, the wire bridge replaced the hemp rope and cedar plank one. Edward Mahon bought the bridge in 1910. It was totally rebuilt in 1956.
Nancy Stibbard bought the park in 1983. Under her, visitors have increased. She added Treetops Adventure in 2004 which is seven footbridges suspended between old-growth Douglas Fir trees. It was designed without screwing or bolting anything to the trees. It was neat walking on bridges and platforms that were designed not to alter the trees.
The park also features nature trails, gardens and has the largest private collection of First Nations (Canada’s Native Americans area called) totem poles, clothing and decor.
Cliffwalk was added in 2011. They are walkways anchored into the granite cliff. In some places, you are walking on a glass floor. I was surprised I was ok on this too. This one was my favorite.
My biggest regret was not hugging this guy.