The Capilano Suspension Park is a free short shuttle ride from downtown Vancouver, which runs every 15 minutes. When the shuttle arrived to take the five of us, they only had seating for four. The driver radioed for a special shuttle run which arrived only five minutes later. Pretty cool!
Once we arrived at the park, we paid our admission and walked around admiring all the Totem Poles that were on displayed and reading up on their history. In Canada, the term used for the pre-European inhabitants is First Nation. The park tells the role that the totem poles played with each one telling the story of each totem.
We continued following the path of the Totem Poles until we reached the sign for the Suspension Bridge.
We headed out onto the bridge. It was a little crowded as people made their way to the other side slowing walking and holding onto the railing. At times, the feeling of the bridge rocking and swinging made me more than a little nervous. As we got to the middle of the suspension bridge, I looked down. I’m not good with heights so while the view was breath-taking, in my case, it was really breath-taking. But I squeezed my husband’s hand and he held me tight and told me to breath. I finally made my way to the other side!
The bridge has been around since 1889 and is 450 feet long, 230 feet high. Actually, this is the sixth version of the bridge. It’s wide enough for two people to walk one way on each side.
Climb up the stairs up into the trees for a birdside view overlooking the thriving coastal rainforest on this unique series of cable bridges suspended between tree friendly platforms that reach as high as 10 stories.
Build in 2004, Treetop Adventures was designed to accommodate the continuous growth of the trees. The viewing platforms are attached to an innovative tree collar system that is adjustable and moveable and has no nails or blots penetrating into the Douglas-fir trees. As the trees grow in circumference they loosen the collars and move them up which makes it an even more thrilling view.
The park also lets visitors get a close up view of some of the birds of prey. The forest is home to the Barred Owl, named after the bars of brown and white on it’s chest. It is sometimes called the laughing owl and its call sound, or hoot, mimics someone saying “Who cooks for you all? It’s also one of the few owls with brown eyes, since most owls have yellow eyes. The Barred Owl is known to be quite shy, and only comes out during the day if the park is quiet.
Harris Hawks are much like wolves, they hunt in groups earning them the nickname “Wolves of the Skys”. Also like wolves, the hawks live as families, each with a dominant female and a dominant male. As many as three to four birds will piggy-back on each other’s back to better see into the distance and source their next meal. This is called “Stacking”.
Cliffwalk was the vision of a park manager by the name of Stibbard who back in 2010 repelled off the side of the mountain and came up with the idea of wanting visitors to the park to have a new and even more thrilling view – one they could only find by clinging to the side of a granite cliff. A triumph of engineering to build, and for many an act of courage to walk on. Cliffwalk was opened in 2011.
Cliffwalk takes you beyond the cliff face far above the Capilano River Canyon on a heart-stopping cliffside journey above the rainforest on a series of unobtrusive cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River Canyon. Building a bridge that’s anchored to nothing but a granite cliff wall takes some crazy talented engineers. Workers had to repel down the cliff to build it.
Personally, I found cliffwalk a little more thrilling than the suspension bridge, maybe because it was so narrow. This is a great park for all ages that is only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
Under 6………. FREE