I realized when looking over our travel posts that I hadn't shared pictures from when we visited Capilano Suspension Bridge park this spring. Well, I took a LOT of photos so I guess I was waiting for the right time to spring such a big post on you. Maybe it'll make up for my lack of posting the last few days?
When we planned our Vancouver trip I told Luke about Cap Bridge park and he was determined that we go. Local friends suggested we skip the tourist trap and visit another suspension bridge that was free and quite beautiful as well, but I'm not proud. I totally dig tourist traps like these. It turned out that this park was just as beautiful and educational as I had hoped. We learned so much about the west coast rainforest and enjoyed every second of our morning and afternoon there among ancient trees.
We took the bus from Kitsalano to the sky train, boarded the ferry and hopped another bus from Lonsdale Quay station to Capilano. Honestly the trip itself was so much fun for us. Once we arrived at the park we were told that the entry fee was discounted by 40% because a portion of the treetop paths were closed for construction. They were making the platforms around the trees larger to suit their growing trunks!
The first portion of the park had beautiful Kia’palano totem poles with stories about British Colombia's First Nations people and their connection to the natural world. They were stunning. Eve was especially impressed.
It's lucky that none of us are particularly afraid of heights because the 450 foot long bridge hangs a towering 230 feet above the Capilano River. The original bridge was built in 1889 but I imagine was far less sturdy. As we neared centre the sway kicked in, but so did the view. It was breath taking!
We continued on to hike throughout the park, enjoying a portion of the tree top adventure where visitors could climb trees to walk between platforms. Luke and I used the rainforest explorer checklist to guide us through the trails, answering questions about the forest and it's creatures. This is the perfect place to bring a curious 8 year old. We walked and walked but the air was so fresh and cool that it was never uncomfortable. I wasn't the one giving piggy back rides up stairs and hills though . . .
The trees are so incredibly tall here! I couldn't capture that perspective in photos. Essentially, when looking up from the base of the trees you couldn't see the tops. The tallest tree in the forrest is 200 ft tall!
Luke and I took a careful stroll along the Cliffwalk which hugs the rock wall of the canyon. With a narrow passage and areas with glass floors, it gave us a memorable view. Todd and Eve waited for us from above and then we did the tourist routine of visiting the gift shop. Actually, the gift shop was pretty great. I was seriously tempted by the Pendleton merchandise, but not so much by the maple syrup. It's a strange thing being a tourist in your own country. This place is so different from the prairies but it's still Canada, our home.
This day was very special for us. I hope you enjoyed the photos! If you visit Vancouver, I'd definitely recommend checking this park out for yourself.