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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - Vancouver, BC

On Monday morning we rode the SeaBus across to Lonsdale Quay, and from there took a city bus up to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, to check out not only the suspension bridge but also the new Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure trails.

The SeaBus is a fun ride, and we wandered around the market at Lonsdale Quay for a little bit before heading to the nearby bus terminal. If you sit at the front of the boat you get a nice view of North Vancouver on the ride over.



Here's the view of downtown Vancouver looking out from the deck in front of the Lonsdale Quay Market.



The Capilano Suspension Bridge was first built in 1889. It stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River.



For as solidly as this thing appears to be built, it does wobble and vibrate quite a bit, which I guess is understandable since it's just hanging from these cables.







Once you get to the other side of the gorge there is the Treetops Adventure trail and the Nature's Edge Boardwalk. The Treetops Adventure is designed to give what the Park describes as a "squirrel's eye view" of the coastal forest, via a series of elevated suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet above the forest floor.



So, this is a Pacific Northwest coastal forest, I'm guessing this sign is pretty much out all year round. Actually, we had pretty nice weather on the day we were there.



The Nature's Edge Boardwalk is a long series of walkways through the forest, much of it fairly close to the edge of the Capilano River gorge.



The Suspension Bridge was a lot of fun to walk across (I like walking across bridges, check out the blog posts for our December 2011 Southwestern US Road Trip for several great bridge walks across the Colorado River), and the Treetops and Boardwalk were also great, but the best part of the Park has to be the Cliffwalk.

The Park describes this as being "a series of unobtrusive cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above the Capilano River" and "not for the faint of heart".  As far as I'm concerned, this alone was worth the $31 admission charge to the Park. Here's how it starts out, after a tight downward spiral staircase from the visitor center.













By the way, unlike the Suspension Bridge, which is designed to flex, this thing feels every bit as solid as the rock it is bolted to.





We had a great time at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. About the only thing we didn't see were any real bears or Mounties.



Click here to see more images from our visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in November of 2013.
     

2 comments:

  1. Where did you stay in Vancouver? My wife and I are now making it our yearly trip. Love the shots! I am excited to get my Fuji X-E2 up there. I came across your blog form the Fuji X Forum. Take care!

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  2. We stayed at the Blue Horizon Hotel on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. We have stayed there before, in 1993 and in 2002, and it has always been a very nice place to stay. Great location, easy walking distance to everything. The eggs benedict we had for breakfast on this last stay was one of the best I've found.

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