Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This guy was yelling at us for a little bit. We think he wanted us to go away and stop taking pictures. He stood up tall for a few moments then went along his way again.

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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.

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My biggest regret was not hugging this guy.

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10 thoughts on “Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

    1. I was surprised I didn’t freak out more. Vic think it may have to do with Sea to Sky being higher and breaking me in. I don’t like ledges but I’m learning I do better with some kind of barrier.

  1. Wow! I would love that place. I am going to haveto get a bigger bucket for my bucket list because you keep showing me places I’m dying to go. (no pun intended, it just came out that way)

  2. Eeeek, I don’t know if I could actually walk the entire length of that suspension bridge. I like to think of myself as being fairly rational in the face of an emotional challenge/phobia, but on that bridge I would have to keep my eyes entirely on the horizon and NEVER look down! Walking in the tree canopy would be exciting, though. I’ve always wanted to climb a big tree to see what it was like at the top, but I’ve never been good at pulling up my own weight with my arms and hands. (I’m really sad at pullups….) Glad you took these pictures so I can experience this vicariously! 🙂

    1. I was surprised I was ok here. Sea to Sky was so damn high up – that one really made me nervous. There aren’t many food options at Capilano but we still had a nice time snacking and enjoying the view. My fear of heights is weird. Cliff I can’t go near. I hate ledges even train station ledges. I even get a little dizzy. I feel better when there’s railing or harnesses. I need something, some kind of barrier. Those are situations I find I do better in – when I have some kind of barrier.

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