Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge (2017)

Originally built in 1889, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vancouver. Spanning 140 metres across the Capilano River in North Vancouver, the bridge reaches a soaring height of 70 meters above the river below. From its original hemp rope and cedar plank construction, the bridge has been completely rebuilt several times and now consists of metal wire cables and is anchored by several tons of concrete. The word Capilano itself is based off a First Nations term meaning “beautiful river”.

I visited this location on July 22, 2016 at 3pm. It was a beautiful summer’s day and the location was filled with a variety of tourists and locals visiting at the city’s oldest paid visitor attraction. What’s interesting about the location is it is as much about the towering Cedar, Hemlock, and Douglas Fur treetops rising above than the flowing Capilano river, which the bridge crosses below. The treetop adventure section accentuates this dualism by allowing visitors to walk amongst the treetops like many of the woodland creatures in the area.