When people think about Vancouver and touristy things to do, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is probably the place they think of first.
My mom and brother came out from Calgary to attend my graduation, and we all thought it was about time we checked out the most famous tourist attraction in the city. Capilano Suspension Bridge is located in a beautiful area of Vancouver—nestled amongst the trees. Being a popular tourist spot, it was really busy when we went.
There’s a First Nations section at the front, before you cross the bridge, as well as some plaques and information on the area/some of the history.
Here is it—the bridge!
We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the, which hadn’t opened to the general public yet. It is an interesting cantilevered (suspended) walk around a cliff, over looking the trees and water. There is also a path that takes you to some signs and displays all about the importance of water. I believe it is set up by the David Suzuki Foundation. It was nice to see this before other people, but we weren’t allowed to take any photos!
Best Overheard Quote: “It’s nice that they’re doing something with all these trees (about the treetop walks)”—because if you just let trees be, they’re really just going to waste?!
Recommended? Admission costs are quite high, but there are lots of coupons and discounts available. I think this would be a good place to visit if you’re anxious to enjoy nature and would like something fun for the whole family. My mom had trouble walking around more than just across the (really long) bridge, but for those that enjoy walking, there are some paths up in the treetops that are kind of fun. Current rates and hours are located here.
How do you get there?
We are conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver through Stanley Park over Lions Gate Bridge and north 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) on Capilano Road.
From the Trans-Canada Highway heading west, take the Capilano Road exit (#14) and travel north 0.8 kilometres (half a mile.)
Easily accessible by transit: from downtown Vancouver ride the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay and take the #236 bus to Capilano Suspension Bridge.