CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
It was on Wednesday, the 18th of June in 2008 when Nena and I joined a tour
which took us to the Capilano Suspension Bridge which is about 10 minutes from
our hotel in downtown Vancouver. It is a simple suspension bridge stretching
across the Capilano River Canyon in the District of North Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada. Originally built in 1889, today's bridge is the fourth bridge
at this location.
The bridge is open every day except Christmas and it is Vancouver's oldest and
most famous attraction. The current bridge is 450 feet (137 meters) long and 230
ft (70 meters) above the river. It is part of a private facility, with a charge
for admission, and draws over 800,000 visitors a year. The Capilano Suspension
Bridge and Park is a popular area for tourists and can be really busy during the
I learned that there were two known incidents at the suspension bridge. The
first incident happened in 1999 when a woman dropped her 18-month-old, disabled
child off the bridge. She claimed she stumbled accidentally and the child
slipped from her grasp. Luckily, the child was not seriously injured but the
woman lost legal custody of her child as a result of the incident. The second
incident occured in 2006 when a 300 year old Douglas fir tree toppled during a
heavy snow storm. The tree fell across the western end of the bridge that park
officials closed the bridge temporarily while repairs were performed.
As a new and added attraction at the Capilano Suspension Bridge they have what
is called the Tree Tops adventure. Visitors get to access this after crossing
the suspension bridge. The first of its kind in North America, this adventure
offers an elevated view of the surrounding thriving coastal forest. This unique
walk in the trees takes visitors high above the forest floor on seven short
suspension bridges which connects old Douglas fir trees, some reaching 100 feet
above the forest floor.
At the park you will find a trading post (gift shop), a food vendor selling
pizza and sandwiches, and some 25 authentic and colorful Totem Poles which have
been collected since the 1930's. There are also life-size red cedar statues
which were carved during the days of the Depression.
The accompanying photographs should give you a clear idea about the Capilano
Suspension Bridge, the Tree Tops Adventure, as well as the other attractions
found within the park. To view the photographs, just click on the link shown
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Enjoy your cyberspace visit to this popular park in North Vancouver.