After exploring Vancouver on bike, we wanted to see nature from a different perspective and a breathtaking one at that, so we ventured out to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver, a short 10 min-drive from downtown. For those visiting, there are free shuttle services around city in the summer months (more info here).
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a popular Vancouver destination for nature lovers. Their main attraction is the impressive 450 ft, 230ft high Capilano Suspension Bridge which has been a Vancouver landmark thrilling visitors since 1889 giving a grandiose view of the Capilano River amongst a thriving coastal rainforest. For the birds-eye view of the rainforest, there is a Treetops Adventure area, with viewing platforms connected by 7 individual short suspension bridges nestled amongst thousand year olds Douglas-firs. Another thrilling adventure is the the recently opened Cliffwalk which follows a granite precipice along the Capilano River with a mere 16 anchor points in the cliff supporting narrow bridges, stairs and platform.
We loved the guided tours around the rainforest, the private collection of Totem Poles and most importantly, subtle yet important education on the trees and life around this beautiful coastal rainforest!
We concluded the day atop Grouse Mountain by Gondola (5 mins drive from the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park) with a cold drink enjoying an unobstructed 360 view of the city! Yet, another perfect Vancouver day!
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Go to: http://www.capbridge.com/ for more information on the Capilano Suspension Bridge.