Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park is the most famous tourist attraction in North Vancouver and the oldest tourist attraction in Vancouver. As early as more than 100 years ago, the Capilano Suspension Bridge was suspended nearly 70 meters above the turbulent Capilano River with only two hemp ropes and fragrant planks.
In 1888, Scottish engineer George Grant McKee purchased 6,000 acres of land on both sides of the Capilano River. He built a suspension bridge to connect the two banks using hemp rope and planks. After he died in 1903, the hemp ropes on the bridge were replaced with steel cables.
In 1956, the bridge's new owner, Ray Mitchell, took only five days to rebuild the bridge. Under his vigorous promotion, the renovated suspension bridge quickly became a popular tourist attraction. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. Let's learn more details about this suspension bridge's incredible size and design.
Description of the Capilano Suspension Bridge Size
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is located in the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver, Canada. It is a semi-circular suspension bridge supported by steel bars, called "the greatest bridge in the world." It is built on a granite cliff like an "air corridor" suspended over the Capilano River." Brave visitors can cross the stunning high bridge for the challenge, and you might sway like a duck as you walk on the bridge.
Length and Height of the Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is 137 meters (450 feet) long and hangs 70 meters (230 feet) above the Capilano River. Because the suspension bridge is too high, walking on the narrow bridge deck should be difficult for tourists who are afraid of heights.
|Total Length||137 m (460 ft)|
|Height||70 m (230 ft)|
Other Activities at the Park
Although the park was built because of the bridge and attracts countless tourists yearly, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is much more than the suspension bridge.
Christmas Canyon Lights Show
The unique program during Christmas Canyon Lights is the most beautiful time of the year for the Capilano Suspension Bridge. From the beginning of December to the New Year (except Christmas Day), there are special Christmas lights from 5:00 to 9:00 every night. The suspension bridge will be decorated with hundreds of colorful lights, becoming a dazzling pearl in the dark valley. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park also boasts the world's largest Christmas tree: a 250-year-old Douglas fir that reaches a height of 46.4 meters.
The Treetops Adventure
The innovative Treetops Adventure was built in 2004 to accommodate the growing trees. Treetop Adventure features a series of seven suspension bridges connecting eight 30-ton, 250-year-old Douglas firs. The viewing platform is connected to an innovative tree circle system that is adjustable and movable. The bridges and viewing platforms are cleverly built into the trees, but no pins or bolts are used on the trunks, so there is no damage to the trees. Visitors can venture from one majestic Douglas fir tree to another on a series of elevated suspension bridges; some of these trees are even 1,300 years old.
Millions of people from all over the world visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge each year. Once back on solid ground, you can wander around the totem poles and historical display area, where you will learn about the history of Indians and the construction of this bridge with a local guide. There are totem poles carved and placed by Indians several decades years ago. Please note that the suspension bridge is a non-smoking area, strollers and wheelchairs are not allowed on the bridge, and selfie sticks are also not allowed to take pictures on the bridge.