Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives – Capilano Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure and the exciting Cliffwalk.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors since 1889. Originally made of hemp ropes and cedar planks with a team of horses, the bridge has advanced over the years to the marvel it is today. A truly unique experience awarded to those who brave the exhilarating walk across the 137-metre (450-foot) span, 70 meters (230 feet) high above the riverbed.
The Cliffwalk follows a granite precipice along Capilano River on a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms through rainforest vegetation. With 16 anchor points in the cliff supporting the structure and two glass platforms, Cliffwalk is not for the faint of heart! Along the way interactive exhibits demonstrate the need for water conservation.
Treetops Adventure takes guests 30 metres (100 feet) into the mid-story of a coastal rainforest on seven suspension bridges attached to old-growth trees. With the help of arborists, custom-designed friction-collars support viewing platforms at each tree without damaging the bark or the delicate tissues beneath. Not a single saw-cut, bolt or nail into any tree was required to construct this one-of-a-kind design that adjusts to accommodate the continuous growth of the trees. Guided nature tours are provided hourly to enhance this unique temperate rainforest encounter.
Local history, culture and nature are presented throughout the park in unique and thrilling ways with the help of knowledgeable staff and interpretive signage. Staff dressed in 1890’s themed costumes provide entertainment, as well as conduct guided tours through the Story Centre and eco-tours in the rainforest. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has the world’s largest private collection of totem poles, including early 1900’s local Coast Salish as well as Haida, Tsimsian and Tlingit poles that had been carved on-site over the past 20 years. The 100 year-old Trading Post, which retains its early 1900s mercantile flavour, sells Canadian gifts and take home memories.