Friday, 20 May 2011

Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park, BC

Sister Sarah and I drove from Whistler this morning. We are going to be in Vancouver 'til Monday.

We had some time to kill until we could check into our hotel so we went to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The current bridge is 136 metres (446 ft) long and 70 metres (230 ft) above the river. It is part of a private facility, with a charge for admission, and draws over 800,000 visitors a year.

As well as the bridge itself and Treetops Adventure, the park also features rain forest ecotours, award-winning gardens, nature trails, North America's largest private collection of First Nations totem poles, period decor and costumes, and exhibits highlighting the park's history and the surrounding temperate rain forest

We went across the bridge.

Sister Sarah was a bit nervous.

I was okay with it.

Looking down from the bridge.

Treetops Adventure is on the other side of the bridge.

Visitors venture from one magnificent Douglas fir tree to another on a series of elevated suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor. Guided nature tours and the Kids' Rainforest Explorer program are some of the Vancouver activities that enhance this unique rainforest encounter. Recognized for extraordinary innovation with national and provincial tourism and engineering awards, a walk on Treetops Adventure has emerged as one of Vancouver's quintessential activities.

Here's Sister Sarah as we started climbing into the trees.

Then we headed back across the bridge.

Sister Sarah was still a bit nervous.

I was still okay with it.

We checked out the new Cliffwalk.

Opening on June 3, 2011, this heart-stopping cliffside journey takes you through rainforest vegetation on a series of unobtrusive cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River to previously unexplored areas of the park. Not for the faint of heart, it is high and narrow and, in some sections, glass (very strong glass) is all that separates guests from the canyon far below.

It was fun but a bit scary since the walkway is fairly narrow.

Here we are goofing around with a totem pole.

It's a fun place to visit and spend some time.


CapricornWoman said...

Not sure I could walk along those at all!!!

TorAa said...

Amazing, right?
And inside Vancouver BC.

We love Vancouver - it's something very familiar for us Norwegian:
Nature and Climate, I think.