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Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge

Vancouver - Capilano Suspension Bridge

The weather around Vancouver seems to be anything but consistent. Yesterday was the perfect day to be outdoors, while today is rainy and damp. I took the chance to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge, hoping for a reasonable break in the rain.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses a span of 150m, at the height of 80m above the Capilano River. It may not sound very high at 80m, but when you are standing on the bridge, it seems high. Some of this could come from the swaying motion or the bridge. Either way, this is not a location to visit if you have a fear of heights.

Vancouver - Capilano Suspension Bridge

Although the bridge is kind of interesting itself, there is other stuff to do in the area. The only catch is that you must cross the bridge to do any more than just read the story.

Vancouver - Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Other Side

On the other side of the Capilano Suspension Bridge, there are three different track options to follow. The first, main track makes a loop around a Trout Pond. There is also Three Sisters Ponds (a series of three ponds) and a lot of signs giving you more information about the trees and the area.

The second track is called Natures Edge, which takes you out closer to the edge of the cliff over Capilano Canyon. The track also passes directly underneath the suspension bridge and affords an excellent view of the river below.

For the final track option, you need to look up. It is the Treetops Adventure. It is a series of suspended walkways and platforms on and between the trees. Of course, if you made it over the Capilano Suspension Bridge this should be relatively easy.

Vancouver - Capilano Treetops Adventure

Vancouver - Capilano Treetops Adventure

I am happy to say that in the end, the rain did not hamper my visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge. It was a little more interactive and exciting than just wandering around the city and looking at the sights. I could potentially see myself returning here for another visit in the future. Especially considering the new addition of a glass walkway, currently under construction. It takes you out directly over the canyon to see directly down to the river below.

Back In Vancouver

Getting to and from the Capilano Suspension Bridge is quite easy with a free shuttle bus from Canada Place. Since I was in the area, I decided to explore Canada Place a little more.

I discovered that a lot of the development around Canada Place is only new since the Winter Olympics. But at the same time, there is a lot of new construction as well. With more being added to the area and also changes happening.

With the last few big days, I decided just to put the camera away this afternoon. It was also pretty wet and rainy so nothing too exciting to photograph. Taking it nice and slow and not overdoing things too much for a couple of bigger days to come.

 

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