Capilano Park Suspension Bridge Park
Plan to spend at least 1/2 a day at Capilano Park in North Vancouver. Park right across the street as its’ premium parking. For British Columbia residents by paying your admission you will receive a yearly pass so you can visit as many times as you want. To get a discount on your admission, visit the park after 5pm for 20% off.
The Cliff Walk
The first attraction to begin your day is the Cliff Walk. You begin by walking down a winding staircase which takes you directly down the side of the cliff you started on. At the bottom, you will find yourself at the onset of a narrow plank-like walkway which travels along the face of the cliff. Along the way there are several plaques with interesting facts concerning fossils, trees, erosion and other related educational information. As you traverse the walkway, the cliff will always be to your right. To your left you will be treated to a scenic view of the river and forest floor below. If you are nervous about heights at all, there is a very safe guardrail you can hang onto the whole time. When this walk is complete, you will have looped back around to the main area, where you can now go on to enjoy the other sections of the park.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
The suspension bridge is the featured attraction and for good reason. It traverses a huge ravine with a rocky river below. The bridge is hundreds of feet above the ground and provides quite a thrill. Before you cross, read the plaque which gives some neat illustrations on how high the bridge is compared to some famous attractions. No matter your skill level, you will have to hold on as you cross this bridge. The closer you get to the middle, the more the bridge lives up to its name. The suspension design means it is only supported on both ends, so you can really feel the rock and sway especially when there are a lot of people trying to keep their balance. Take your time as you traverse the bridge and check out the river below.
Birds of Prey
Once you have crossed the bridge you will be treated to a variety of attractions. The first thing you may notice is the birds of prey display. This is a great place to take a break for the kids (or the kids at heart) and listen to the experts talk about some well known animals. We saw a great horned owl and two types of hawks. The handlers will tell you all kinds of interesting facts and then let you come up close to see the birds.
Next up is the tree-top tour. This is a very cool little stroll through the actual tops of some very tall trees. A series of walkways and mini suspension bridges will guide you through as you take in the sights of the forest around you. It is a peaceful, relaxing and casual walk but also breathtaking for the nature enthusiast. Similarly to the Cliff Walk there are many plaques along the walk for you to read and add a bit of education to your day. This walk is a bit less compacted than the Cliff Walk as well, allowing you to go at your own pace, pass by others, or stop for a few moments to take in the scenery.
Remember Your Visit!
If you are feeling hungry and don’t want to leave the park, there is an outdoor eating area right on site. The food prices are a bit high, but that is to be expected for a popular tourist stop such as this. Any other time you feel like a break from the tours, you can stop in for a mini-shopping adventure at the gift shop. You can find a wide variety of gifts, trinkets and treats in here ranging from candy and fresh fudge to T-shirts and sweaters which would be a memorable souvenir of your time at Capilano Park.
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