The views of the North Shore mountains are something that we Vancouverites enjoy every day; they’re vast, lush and an ideal escape from the city. If you have ever hiked one of the many trails, shred the white slopes or taken the gondola up Grouse Mountain, you know what mountain life is all about. Our blog journey today doesn’t take us all the way up the mountain, but into an emerald green nook called the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
It’s so worth making the trip to the bridge and you can easily make a day, morning or afternoon out of it. After passing through the ticket counter, you enter a serene “lobby” that evokes many of BC’s best features; fresh air, soaring trees, beautiful Totem poles, historical information and stunning views.
The bridge is open year-round and in the fall you can take advantage of checking out the fish hatchery and view the adult fish jumping up the ladders. Over the winter holidays, they do a fantastic display of lights throughout the park. However, so long as it’s not raining, any time of year is ideal!
The bridge itself was built in 1888 by George Grant Mackay and if it makes you feel any better, he was a civil engineer and knew a thing or two about constructing such a bridge. The original bridge was made from hemp, but was replaced by wire cable in 1903, after he died. The bridge has undergone many upgrades since it was first built, so don’t be afraid when crossing the bridge, you will feel it wobble beneath your feet.
The Treetop Adventure is also a fun series of bridges, walkways and steps to climb and is on the other side of the bridge. There’s plenty of information that will enlighten you about the natural surroundings, which is actually quite humbling.
If you have some time to kill, Edgemont Village is a stone’s throw away and an ideal spot to wander the afternoon away and grab some lunch.