Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Book admission tickets in advance for this popular attraction and visit independently—highlights include First Nations totem poles, a 700-foot-long (213-meter-long) Cliffwalk, and a thrilling treetop adventure route made up of smaller, open-ended suspension bridges. Kids will also love the guided nature walks. Alternatively, stop by on a small-group or private tour from Vancouver that also heads to Grouse Mountain or tours Vancouver city. Most such tours include round-trip transportation for convenience.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The bridge's thick steel cables are securely attached to huge concrete blocks on either side of the canyon; there's no need to be afraid.
While strollers and wheelchairs are not allowed on the bridge, visitors with wheelchairs receive free entrance to the park and can take part in other activities.
Dogs are permitted in the park, as long as they stay on their leash.
There's an on-site gift shop for all your souvenir needs.
How to Get to There
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is located in North Vancouver, across the First Narrows from Stanley Park. By road, take Highway 99 north across the Lions Gate Bridge to Exit 14 on Capilano Road. By public transit, take the 246 bus from downtown Vancouver or the connection between the SeaBus and the 236 bus. A free shuttle also stops at several downtown hotels, and you can get there easily from the Olympic Cauldron, Granville Island, and Canada Place.
When to Get There
While summer is by far the most popular time to visit and take your turn at the walk across the bridge, the park is open year-round. Between the months of November and January, the bridge and surrounding area are lit up with hundreds of thousands of canyon lights set against the greenery. You’ll also find fun holiday activities suitable for families and kids.
The History of the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Originally installed by Scottish civil engineer George Grant Mackay, the Capilano Suspension Bridge started life as a hemp rope footbridge before being replaced in 1903, reinforced in 1914, and rebuilt in 1956. It's now one of Vancouver's most popular attractions, owned by Nancy Stibbard. And the name? It's an Anglicization of the Squamish Nation word Kia'palano.