Follow me through the “Story Centre” that portrays the early pioneers who shaped Vancouver and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Walk with me amongst the “Kia’palno” totems that connect you to local First Nations. Use all of your senses; see the beauty, listen to the forest, smell the moist moss and trees and feel the presence of nature surrounding you. With all of your senses and a bit of courage, take the walk across the “Capilano Suspension Bridge”.Now that we are across, follow the boardwalk trail around the perimeter of the park. The plaques explain the many types of trees, plants and wildlife that play an integral part in this coastal rainforest. Beware of the species that are endangered. Did you hear that? It’s the barred owl screeching, it’s feathers puffed up. The prairie falcon is quiet and does not like the attention of visitors. Both birds have piercing eyes.
Look up!In the trees, there is a series of suspended walkways connecting tree to tree. It’s a different perspective from up here to the forest below. How they built this without disturbing the trees and using no machinery is quite a feat.Make your way back on the bridge. If you dare, take the “Cliffwalk”. Tour complete and time to enjoy the live music and peruse the “Trading Post Gift Shop”.
Like little kids, we made sure we collected all the stamps on our passport, proving we visited everything. We thought we would just cross a bridge but instead we experienced an array of things to see, touch and do. We were pleasantly surprised with the park experience and hope you enjoyed the tour.
My husband is a real trooper and has been on many of my adventures this year. This one he dreaded the most because he is afraid of heights. He kept telling himself, “this is safe, it is well built”. After all, a 46ton tree fell on the bridge back in 2006 and there was no damage. The bridge spans 460 feet and is 230 feet above the river secured by a steel cable net wire. If the height doesn’t get you, the wobble while you cross will. My husband said afterward that if we are doing #22. Ride a Zipline he will wear Depends.
PS The best tip off the website, go early or late afternoon.