Vancouver's Famous Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park in Canada

Updated on November 2, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Sightseeing in Vancouver, Canada

If walking along an expansive 100-year-old suspension bridge with breathtakingly beautiful views swinging high above a river captures one's interest, then the Capilano Suspension Bridge and park in Vancouver, Canada will be right up your alley! There is more to this park than just the suspension bridge.

The same day that my mother, niece, and I went back to revisit the Queen Elizabeth gardens in Vancouver, we started our sightseeing at this park. We had picked up a brochure in 1989—the time of our visit. It stated that they were then celebrating 100 years of the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The photo of the suspension bridge high over the water looked intriguing.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver
The Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver | Source

Totem Poles in the Park

The park has a number of totem poles. Available in the park are both totem and nature park tours. People can also watch a master Indian carver at work. One of the signs that I photographed had this written on it:

"Totem poles are largely of three types: (a) memorial poles, which stand in front of houses or villages, (b) mortuary poles (grave markers) and (c) house poles which were incorporated into the structure of the house. Groups of carvings on the poles frequently became family crests. These crests were inherited, gained by conquest or occasionally obtained as payment for services. The figures composing the crests were derived from history and folklore. They represented birds, fish, animals and spirits. Figures that were half-human and half-animal represented spirits capable of taking either form."

We were to see other totem poles in Vancouver. This was an interesting and colorful collection of them on the grounds of this beautifully landscaped park at the Capilano Bridge.

Totem Poles in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Gorgeous totem poles!Beautiful totem poles in this parkOne of many totem poles at this site
Gorgeous totem poles!
Gorgeous totem poles! | Source
Beautiful totem poles in this park
Beautiful totem poles in this park | Source
One of many totem poles at this site
One of many totem poles at this site | Source

The Capilano Suspension Bridge

My mother took one look at that bridge and decided to stay on terra firma. I'll admit, the views are a bit daunting! The suspension bridge is 230 feet up from the Capilano River and sways 450 feet across the length of the Capilano Canyon.

We discovered that the Capilano River is the major source of fresh water for Vancouver.

Capilano Suspension Bridge View

View looking down on the river from the bridge
View looking down on the river from the bridge | Source

Walking Across the Bridge

My niece and I decided to be brave and walk the length of the bridge. Thankfully, cedar planks offer secure footing. Additionally, there are railings to hang onto and a steel mesh screening that is about 3 to 4 feet in height to make sure that people do not step off the bridge by accident.

The bridge does sway! Personally, I was very happy to have the railing to hang onto as we joined many others who were crossing from one side of the canyon to the other.

Showing How This Bridge Sways!

Bridge Construction

The very first bridge was built using wood and hemp. Currently the bridge is anchored by 13 tons of concrete at both ends. The views are wonderful!

Since our visit, other suspended bridges have been added. Visitors can continue walking among the trees exploring more of the wooded area from an elevated perspective. The videos I have selected show more of that.

Each Video Shows Something Different

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is certainly the longest of its type that I have ever walked across. I was counting on that massive amount of concrete on both ends plus the steel cables to keep the bridge secure as were the many other thrill seekers walking the bridge that day along with us.

My pretty niece on the Capilano Suspension Bridge
My pretty niece on the Capilano Suspension Bridge | Source

Would you walk over this long swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge?

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The long Capilano Suspension Bridge
The long Capilano Suspension Bridge | Source

Dining in the Park

After my niece and I rejoined my mother, we decided to have lunch so we could enjoy the resplendent grounds a bit longer.

The weather was so lovely we decided to dine al fresco. Many umbrella tables are scattered throughout the grounds. The Bridge House Restaurant was chosen because they offered many food selections. I had a very good salad with chunks of Indian smoked salmon in the mix.

My beautiful niece with the amazingly bountiful hydrangeas in bloom on the grounds of the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
My beautiful niece with the amazingly bountiful hydrangeas in bloom on the grounds of the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park | Source

Other Amenities in the Park

On the grounds was also a casual outdoor salmon barbeque place. Fresh salmon, readily available in the northwest, is served in many different ways.

There is a log cabin trading post on this site where local Indians offer totem poles, Indian jewelry and other carvings for sale. The Canyon House Galleria had souvenirs from around the world. Most of them were touristy doodads.

Experiencing walking across that impressive long swaying bridge and enjoying the adjacent park with totem poles was a nice start to our day of sightseeing in Vancouver. The natural setting of the magnificent trees with the rushing water of the Capilano River below the swaying suspension bridge certainly made a lasting impression on the three of us.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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My mother, niece and the "Indians" camped out at their tepee A bit of whimsy
My mother, niece and the "Indians" camped out at their tepee
My mother, niece and the "Indians" camped out at their tepee | Source
A bit of whimsy
A bit of whimsy | Source

Would this author recommend seeing and experiencing the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park in Vancouver, Canada to others who have not yet been there? The answer is an affirmative "yes!"

Location of This Bridge and Park

A marker3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada V7R4J1 -
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R, Canada
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        Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Glenis Rix,

        Nice that you have gotten to experience walking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We did not get to visit the museum you mentioned in Vancouver, but did see the one on Vancouver Island...the Royal British Columbia Museum...and thought that it was fabulous. Like you, I would highly recommend a visit there also. Will remember your recommendation should we ever return to Vancouver. Appreciate your comment.

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        GlenR 2 years ago from UK

        Been there, done that, got the certificate - 14 years ago! Very scary. Visiting relatives in Vancouver again next May so might summon up the courage again. One of my favourite places in Vancouver is the Museum and Anthrapology at the Uni. of B.C. Highly recommend.

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        Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Demba,

        So glad you liked this post. Hope you are enjoying others of mine as well. Thanks for your comment.

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        Demba 4 years ago

        / After reading your blog I boserwd your website a bit and noticed you are ranking really well in Google too! Very nice tools that can bring us a lot more visitors. Keep up the quality posts. Thank You!

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        Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Vishant,

        Nice to know that you have enjoyed this site also. One would have to be careful with kids!

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        Vishant 4 years ago

        - I loved Capilano! My husband and I went by ousvelres years ago I would have been a nervous wreck if we had the kids with us! Cliffwalk hadn't been built then looks crazy!June 19, 2012 10:10 am

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        Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi ChristyWrites,

        You are lucky indeed to be living in BC. We absolutely loved our vacation up your way! Thanks for your comment on this Capilano Suspension Bridge. It is surely in a gorgeous part of Vancouver.

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        Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I love this place! I live fairly close and think it's still so neat. Ah, I am reminded how great it is to live in BC :)

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        Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi alocsin,

        My mother felt the same as you and did not walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge either. I must say...the views from there are quite spectacular. I'll admit to hanging on to the railing, however. Thanks for your visit, comment and votes.

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        alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

        It's a beautiful park and the bridge is a technological triumph but I'm afraid of heights, so you'd never get me on there. The videos of it swaying looked pretty scary, though in my head I know it's perfectly safe. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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        Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Mark,

        What a lucky guy you are having a brother that lives in Vancouver! We loved what we got to see and explore on our 5 days of vacation there many years ago. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is certainly a long one and situated in such a scenic spot. Glad that this hub brought back happy memories for you. Thanks for your comment.

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        Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Cheryl,

        Yes...the Capilano Suspension Bridge definitely sways especially when a bunch of people are walking across it. Fortunately they have sides that can be grabbed onto for some stability. Glad you liked these photos and thanks for your comment.

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        Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

        Very interesting hub, photos and videos. Observing the Capilano Suspension Bridge height, I am amazed at the tourist traveling across the bridge, and the fact that the bridge sways is amazing to me. Beautiful scenery and totem poles. Great hub.

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        Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi leahlefler,

        Vancouver is a beautiful city with many green spaces and the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of many places worth visiting if you are ever there. We loved each and every day of the 5 days we spent in that city and crammed in as much sightseeing as possible, but hardly saw it all. If you decide to vacation there, check out my other hubs for a glimpse of other things you may also wish to see. Thanks for your comment.

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        Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

        Wow, that bridge is really long! I've never been to Vancouver (we live fairly close to Toronto), but the forests look beautiful. That bridge looks like a lot of fun - if I am ever out that way, I will make sure to take a side trip to the bridge!

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        Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello craftybegonia,

        Considering how long the Capilano Suspension Bridge has been in business and with all the reinforced concrete anchoring the bridge at both ends, my niece and I decided to take our chances. My mother was more cautious and stayed on terra firma. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

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        craftybegonia 6 years ago from Southwestern, United States

        Beautiful vistas, but I doubt very much that I would not be too terrified to make it all the way across!

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        Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Rita Zammit,

        Thanks for taking the time to comment about your visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park in Vancouver. Glad that you enjoyed it as did we. Have your cousins visited you in Malta?

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        Rita Zammit 7 years ago

        We were there this Luly,with my cousins that live in Victoria BC. I made it at last ....with two of my cousins. Lovely experience i visited the Capilano Bridge and of course been on it too. I came to go on in i traveled from Malta Europe the small beautiful Island.I loved Vancouver a lot.

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        Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Billy,

        My mother, niece and I did as much sightseeing as we possibly could in the 5 days we were vacationing in Vancouver. That Capilano Suspension Bridge is quite a site and glad that we saw it. As much as we got to enjoy am certain we missed seeing other great things. I agree with you on the friendliness of the people, the beauty and also the cleanliness. Vancouver is great!

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        billyaustindillon 7 years ago

        Vancouver is one of my favorite cities it is beautiful and such friendly people also. I missed the suspension bridge but you write such a complete review I feel like I was on it. As always great shots Peggy.

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        Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi love2scrap,

        Hope you enjoy your visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. Vancouver has so much to offer by way of sightseeing! Glad that you liked this hub. At least this gives you a preview of what is there to be seen.

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        love2scrap 7 years ago

        Thanks for a wonderful hub. I'm looking forward to visiting the bridge next month when we are in Vancouver. The views look stunning!

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Greetings Ian Stinson,

        I missed hearing that Vancouver, Canada news item. How tragic! I also don't see how that could have happened accidentally. The railings of the Capilano Suspension Bridge are actually quite high and the bridge...while it does sway a bit...is actually anchored quite well on both sides. Did the baby survive? I'm thinking probably not...but stranger things have happened.

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        Ian Stinson 8 years ago

        I remember visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge almost 10 years ago, just after that story about the lady who dropped her baby off of the bridge was all over the news. Can you believe she was never charged? The bridge is very high and rickety, but I don't see how someone could accidentally drop their baby off of it.

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi habee,

        I figured that if the Capilano Suspension Bridge had lasted that long, it would probably last a while longer. My mother did not walk on it, however, so she stayed in the park until my niece and I had traversed it back and forth. The views were great! If you ever visit Vancouver, Canada...you could at least look at it from one side. It is quite something to see. Wish I had owned a digital camera back then!

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello arcono23,

        Thanks for stopping by and reading about the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park in Vancouver, Canada.

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        Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

        No way would I get on that bridge!!

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi AdsenseStrategies,

        I'll have to take your word for it for now that Newfoundland is nicer. Hope to see it someday. We surely loved visiting Vancouver and everything that we got to see while there...the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park being just one of those attractions. Thanks for the comment and encouragement to come and see more of Canada.

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        AdsenseStrategies 8 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com

        Wow, you`re from Texas, and you made it all the way to Vancouver??? I have also been on that bridge. BC is pretty nice. But you should come to Newfoundland -- much nicer ;) . Just make sure you come in the summer :D

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Micky Dee,

        Hope you found this hub about the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park informative and helpful if you ever decide to visit Vancouver. There are many great places to visit in Vancouver and we just happily discovered this site. Thanks for the comment.

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        Micky Dee 8 years ago

        Very nice. Thanks for the hub.

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Nell,

        Glad you liked this hub about Vancouver's Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. As you can probably tell from this and the other hubs written about our time spent up there...we LOVED the parts of Canada that we got to see on that trip. Good luck in finding out the history about your great-grandfather. Thanks for the comment.

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        Nell Rose 8 years ago from England

        HI Peggy, Just popped by and was suprised to see this about vancouver. My greatgrandfather was evidently from there, but just like the sleeping girl of Turville, who is related on my mums side, I know nothing about him! pathetic, but I am getting out my Sherlock holmes hat and started to hunt it all the way down! Lovely hub. Nell

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Patty,

        Vancouver's Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park IS beautiful and peaceful. Hope you get to go there someday. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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        Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        This is a beautiful peaceful place in another world and I want to go there. Thanks for the Hub.

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello loveroflife,

        Well put! Obviously much engineering thought and expertise was put into the Capilano Suspension Bridge and it has been operating perfectly for a long time in Vancouver. As to the totem poles, Vancouver, Canada has many of them in different spots due to the native Indians who have lived there. They are fascinating and beautiful as well. Each tells a story...

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        loveroflife 8 years ago

        The Capilano Bridge is an engineering marvel but the Totem Poles really fascinate me.

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        Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Capilano Suspension Bridge!

        Thanks for the compliment and comment. I already checked out your site and I would encourage everyone to go there. Terrific photos and info.

        We visited Vancouver for 5 days back in 1989 and then went on to Victoria for another 3 days. Absolutely LOVE that area!

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        Capilano Suspension Bridge 8 years ago

        Hi Peggy, great post and lovely photos! How long ago did you visit? Stay in touch and check out our blog :-)

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        Peggy Woods 9 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi kiran, It is lovely! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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        kiran8 9 years ago from Mangalore, India

        Looks lovely :)

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        Peggy Woods 9 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello shamelabboush,

        Wish I was back there right now too. LOL Thanks for the comment.

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        shamelabboush 9 years ago

        This place is so beautiful!! really lucky you, I wish I was there :(

        My best to your mom and niece.

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        Peggy Woods 9 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pete,

        We also loved Vancouver. I've never been on an Alaskan cruise. You should write about it! Thanks for the comment.

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        Pete Maida 9 years ago

        That looks like a very peaceful place. We stayed in Vancouver for a few days, before our Alaskian cruise. We love the city; it's easy to walk around in.

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        Peggy Woods 9 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Nolimits Nana, How very interesting!!! Thanks for your comment.

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        Nicolette Goff 9 years ago from British Columbia

        A bit of trivia - My husband's parents were married in the middle of the original Capilano Suspension bridge in 1939.

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