Capilano Suspension Bridge Park attracts about 800,000 visitors every year. The main attraction is a 'people only' 446 foot long foot bridge suspended a dizzying 230 feet above the Capilano River. The original bridge was built in 1889 by Scottish engineer and parks commissioner George Grant Mackay using hemp rope and cedar planks providing access to his remote cabin. In 1903 the suspension bridge was reconstructed using more robust wire cable and in 1956 it was rebuilt again.
The current owner (since 1983) added the Treetops Adventures attraction - a series of seven footbridges suspended between large Douglas Fir trees. The footbridges offer visitors the unique perspective of viewing the forest from up in the trees.
In 2011 Cliffwalk, a thrilling series of walkways and platforms cantilevered out from the canyon's granite cliffs opened. Definitely not for the faint of heart!
Park guests can also view nature trails, gardens and totem poles. All told, the park offers visitors a great way to experience the rugged nature of the West Coast.
You'll definitely want to visit the park in December. Hundreds of thousands of colorful lights and floodlights transform the park with a dazzling holiday display. You'll also witness the tallest live Christmas tree in the world! This is a great way to get into the festive spirit. A portion of the proceeds help the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund.
The park is easy access by public transit, but they also provide guests a convenient year-round free shuttle bus service that makes scheduled pick-ups at numerous downtown Vancouver locations throughout the day.
Capilano Suspension Bridge is a privately owned attraction and admission charges do apply. The park is open every day except Christmas. Hours of operation vary through the year, so please see their official website for details.
Facts For Your VisitFee: From: $39.85 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
Only minutes away from downtown Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge lets you experience the natural splendor of British Columbia. Breathe in the cedar-scented rainforest air as you make your way across the spectacular suspension bridge, walk through the rainforest on the Treetops Adventure and feel like a bird as you soar over the evergreens on the new Cliffwalk!
Open Now: NoHours This Week:
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
Phone: (604) 985-7474
Official Website: Capilano Suspension Bridge
|Skytrain, Seabus and Bus Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Expo Line / Canada Line||Waterfront Station||3 Minutes|
How to get to Capilano Suspension Bridge by Skytrain, Seabus and Bus
From Waterfront Station take the Seabus over to Lonsdale Quay. Exit the Seabus walk to Bay 8 in the bus loop. Catch the #236 Grouse Mountain bus. Take it to the Suspension Bridge Stop on Capilano Road. Note: This route passes near three other attractions. If you are planning to visit them, you may want to go on the same day. They are Lonsdale Quay Public Market, Cleveland Dam, and Grouse Mountain
You can also take advantage of a free shuttle bus between Downtown Vancouver and the park. For details refer to the link in the above article.
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Ratedout of 5
Capilano is beautiful, however it's best to plan a day to visit where it won't be too busy (rainy days/weekdays are probably your best bet). The bridges are only just wide enough to fit two people side-by-side, and with everyone stopping to take photos it can be hard to appreciate the experience for what it is (especially as you yourself may be stopping frequently to take photos and trying to avoid everyone in the process). The bridge does sway quite a bit—don't be surprised if you find it difficult to take photos. Wear practical footwear that will be okay for walking on slippery/wet surfaces and pack a rain jacket. It would be worth planning your visit for later in the afternoon so you can be around to see all the lights turn on. If you're lucky, you may get some fog during your visit which would make for some spectacular shots!
Camille Nathania Santiago - 1 month ago
I didn't give five star because the ticket is a little expensive. The Washington state residents used to get cheap annual pass but now it is only offered to B.C residents. The bridge is sacred but fun. We went this park on new year, the holiday light decoration was wonderful, really enjoy :)
Emma liu - 1 month ago
The yearly pass for locals has made the entry fee more palatable. They have worked hard to make this "tourist trap" a bit more than just the suspension bridge @ Lynn Valley. For the record, I love Lynn Valley. We come here every year to see the lights @ Christmas as the kids love it so we get the yearly pass as a result. You can't beat BC Nature and the trails on the north shore are always nice. They have done a great job in adding educational material so not only do you get the lights but the kids learn a bit about the local area, the indigenous people, the flora and the fauna.
Claus Laundrup - 1 month ago
This is a great place to visit at least once in a lifetime. The suspension bridges are amazing and do not appear to damage the trees. The scenery is unbelievable - photos do not do it justice. Despite the fact that suspension bridges sway slightly as people walk across them, they feel safe. The cliff walk feels even safer and is very sturdy. If you rush through this park, you could be done in about 30 minutes to an hour. I don't recommend rushing though. Take your time, take in the scenery, take photographs and make memories with your family and friends you are traveling with. This is not something you see every day.
Alyssa Bartolotta - 2 months ago
I loved my trip to the Capilano suspension bridge! They have shuttle buses that will take you from downtown Vancouver all the way up to the bridge. Crossing the bridge is a beautiful sight, and the nature walk that follows when you get to the other side is even better. It's long and peaceful. You would think the trails are overcrowded but they are actually not that bad. My favorite part of the trip was The Cliff Walk. The sites are spectacular and beautiful. The gift shop is decently priced and has lots of beautiful items for you to take home as souvenirs. There's great coffee and very decent food as well. I'll definitely be revisiting the bridge on my next trip to Vancouver.
Brittany Bookworm - 4 months ago