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“Canyon Lights: Enchanting (and a bit scary)! A few winter tips.” 5 of 5 stars
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
3735 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4J1, Canada
+1 604-985-7474
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Owner description: Only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, allow 2 - 3 hours for your visit to Vancouver's iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge, hanging 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. The park offers more than just the bridge. Its surrounding 27 acres celebrate nature, history and culture in unique and thrilling ways. No more so than with the newest attraction, CLIFFWALK. Cliffwalk hangs for 213m (700ft) and reaches 91m (300ft) high, hugging the granite cliffside and offering a panoramic view of the thriving rainforest and canyon far below. On Treetops Adventure venture from one magnificent old growth Douglas-fir to another on a series of seven elevated suspension bridges, reaching as high as 110 feet (33m), for a squirrel's eye view of the forest. Guides, signage and interactive exhibits throughout the park help you in your understanding of rainforest ecosystems and their sustainability.
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“Canyon Lights: Enchanting (and a bit scary)! A few winter tips.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

This is a great holiday season activity. It might seem expensive when you consider that you will not want to stay outside for more than a few hours in the northwest winter weather. However, a visit is more affordable when you consider that BC residents can get an annual pass for the cost of one admission. You can always return to the park and linger later in the year when the weather is warmer.
For the Christmas season, the property, including the bridge itself and the treetops walkway, are transformed by thousands of Christmas lights. It is absolutely beautiful! We thought that the treetops adventure was particularly enchanting with lights all along the walkways, twinking lights in the trees above, and lights on the ground below. The slightly scary part was the cliffwalk. It was pitch black in the canyon below with no sound but the Capilano River rapids (which we could barely see). We have been to the park many times and it was a different, and almost disorienting, experience to walk across the suspension bridge in the dark.
After touring the park, we enjoyed sitting near the lodge, drinking hot chocolate (with marshmellows for the kids and Baileys for the adults) and listened to a talented acoustic trio sing carols. As always, the park was clean and the staff were helpful and friendly.
A few tips: take an extra pair of gloves - one to hold the wet handrails while crossing the bridges, and a dry pair to wear the rest of the time. Wear your shoes with the best grip: the wet wooden boardwalks can be slippery. Take a flashlight. The property is adequately lit, but you might find it helpful to have another light source. To avoid the crowd, arrive later in the evening. There was a big rush between 5 and 6 pm (with a lot of young children) but by the time we left (at 7:00) the crowd had thinned out and the parking lot was only half full.

Visited December 2012
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“A day well spent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

I spent over 6 hours taking in the views, sights, sounds of all fellow visitors & especially the Squamish local man that gave his time in talking about the stories, history & future plans for all. My camera certainly had a work out for all the photos as no-on would believe the beauty that is kept & maintained by all who work within.

Visited May 2012
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“Fun experience, even in pouring rain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

This is a must do in Vancouver. Yes, it's expensive, but remember: it is privately owned and the insurance has to be expensive for the owners. Buy a daypass on the transit system to get there...i took the water taxi to North Vancouver, then the bus to Capilano. The same bus goes to Grouse Mountain.

Visited October 2012
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“A small paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

When I began planning my trip to Vancouver, one of the places I swore I would visit was Capillano Park.
And it was so worth the wait. The park it's a beautiful piece of nature and it takes your breath away. The suspension bridge, the walkway treetops, the little band singing at the souvenir/food place...everything is magical.
And you can take beautiful pictures over there as well.

Visited August 2012
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“A must do when in Vancouver!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a must do when in Vancouver, it is one of the top attractions just minutes from the centre of the city. That being said, it does get very popular particularly during the summer months and in good weather. A free shuttle bus that goes on the hour, every hour starting from Canada Place and making stops on route is the easiest and best way of getting there without a car. My advice, get the first bus at 9.00am, buy your ticket in advance from the sellers at Canada Place and then make your way to the 'fast track' queue on the right hand side when you get to the bridge entrance. Head straight for the bridge, this way you will get plenty of nice photos ahead of all the other tourists making their way there.

Yes, Capilano isn't particularly cheap, but you can make it into a great day for all the family. There is so much to see and do, a mixture of adventure, history and culture. An adult ticket is $31.95 and a child ticket $12.00. But there is so much to see and do there apart from just the bridge. Once you have finished exploring the bridge head onwards to The Treetop Adventure on the far side, here there are seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 30m above the forest floor, the views are truly spectacular. Over this side of the bridge too there are guided nature tours and living forest exhibits fun for everyone.

Once you have explored this side of the forest, return back over the bridge and experience 'The Cliffwalk' Capilano's newest attraction, a cantilevered walkway clinging to the granite cliff high above the canyon, breathtaking!!!!

After all that fun there is a good selection of coffee shops and eateries where you can replenish before you head back to the city and perhaps a relaxed wander around Stanley Park. Buses back to the city are very regular and leave from the car park outside, the drivers will ask if you want to be dropped off at the park.

All in all a great day out for all the family.

Visited September 2012
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