Vancouver Attractions  - Capilano Suspension Bridge
vancouver attractions - capilano suspension bridge

History of the Bridge - 1888

The year was 1888. And George Mackay had a problem. He'd just bought some acreage of dense forest on Vancouver's North Shore and built a cabin on the edge of a canyon wall, but had no way to cross the capilano canyon. So, ever so delicately, he built a small suspension bridge from some hemp rope and cedar wood he had nearby. And the rest, as they say, is history. But what a history! It's the love story of a teenager and the middle-aged man she married... It's the story of one man single-handedly restringing the bridge in five days... It's the story of a secret child, rum-runners, and native statues carved by two Danes in exchange for food!... And much, much more.

capilano suspension bridgeThe World Famous Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Suspension Bridge spans 450 feet across and 230 feet above North Vancouver's spectacular Capilano River. But don't worry, even though it sways and creaks. Strong enough to support the weight of ten heavy-duty military fighter planes. Sturdy enough to handle the 850,000 visitors each year. Even strong enough to handle a classroom full of kindergarten students! Walking across the Bridge, you will cross over Capilano River and enter the spectacular "wild side" which features the Living Forest display.

The Forest
It's British Columbia flora and fauna at its purest. Cross the canyon on the suspension bridge and drop by the Living Forest display to check out creepy-crawlies (and models big enough to scare any little sister!), play with the interactive photo displays, learn heaps of fun facts, play "What's that tree?", and more! The giant-sized "Naturalist's Notebook" is a fun glimpse into the life in ponds and the world of a fallen tree. Stroll through a real west-coast rain forest, wander past trout ponds and some of the grandest old-growth evergreens before visiting Totem Park.


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