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.
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