The other weekend we decided to put our Capilano Suspension Bridge annual pass to use and head out there. It has been almost three years since the last time we went there despite it being a 35 minute drive. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is located in North Vancouver tucked into the West Coast Rainforest. This area is breathtaking, and even with a fear of heights, I managed to visit this place without any problems.
We lucked out in getting some free parking on the street, otherwise, it is pay parking and there is a parking lot across the street from the entrance to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Thanks to our passes we were able to bypass the lineup at the ticket booth and go straight to the person at the entrance just checking tickets for going in. We all got stamps on our hands and headed in.
First up was the Cliffwalk. The last time we were here we were not able to go through the Cliffwalk because it was closed. Jason was on a mission to go to this part of the park right away. This portion was a bit more “iffy” for me with my fear of heights, but I managed. The views are unbelievable. You realise why they call BC “Beautiful British Columbia” while going through the Cliffwalk. It is spectacular.
We appreciated that along the walk there were areas marked with a camera painted on the ground indicating a great photo opportunity spot. Each one was spot on for getting a good angle and photo. If you are wanting to get photos with little to no fellow sight see-ers in the background, go early to the park. Arrive for opening if you can. We noticed that when we were leaving it was next to impossible to get a photo without other people in it.This was definitely Jason’s and my favourite part of the park. We cannot wait to see what it is like with all of the Christmas lights twinkling at night.
The Cliffwalk was definitely Jason’s and my favourite part of the park. We cannot wait to see what it is like with all of the Christmas lights twinkling at night. It’s a sight to behold during the day for sure.
Advice From a Tree
– stand tall and proud
– go out on a limb
– remember your roots
– drink plenty of water
– be content with your natural beauty
– enjoy the view
The Treetops Adventure was a huge hit for all of us. You get an incredible perspective of the West Coast Rainforest with being up in the trees. There is a series of seven suspension bridges that are attached to eight Douglas-fir trees. At the highest point, you end up being 110 feet above the forest floor. The viewing platforms are unique in the fact that they are attached to an innovative tree collar system that is adjustable and moveable. Which means there are no nails or bolts penetrating into the Douglas-firs. As the trees grow the platforms and bridges are moved up.
Evie absolutely loved this area. She wanted to run across all of the suspension bridges and go back again. Each viewing platform offers a different view throughout the park. Have no fear of letting your child walk on their own here because the sides are enclosed. We had no problem with letting Evie walk through her on her own but we did make sure we were near. Addie stayed in the carrier for the majority of our visit. For safety reasons you are told to carry babies below the level of the rail or in a carrier.
Our visit ended with another walk through the Cliffwalk and a teachable moment. A branch ended up falling on a power line that we could see on the outside fo the park, you could hear the electricity start flowing through the branch. We kept walking because we knew that the branch was eventually going to fall or cause a very loud bang. Sure enough, there was a loud bang and sparks as the transformer blew and the power went out in the area. It was interesting explaining to our preschooler why there were no lights on.
We were still able to sit down at the Capilano Coffee Company and relax for a bit. We got the girls some milk to drink and water for ourselves. Sadly no coffee with there being no power. It still was a great way to end our visit. Now we are looking forward to going again soon so that we can check out Canyon Lights.
Will you be heading to Canyon Lights this holiday season?
If so what are you looking foward to seeing the most while there?
3735 Capilano Road North Vancouver
October 11 – November 23 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
November 24 – January 8 (closed December 25th) 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Adult (17-64 years) $39.95
Senior (65+ years) $36.95
Youth (13-16 years) $26.95
Child (6-12 years) $13.95
Kiddie (under 6 years) Free
*Children and Youth must be accompanied by a person 17 years or over
Stay tuned… you are going to want to check out our Discovering Parenthood Facebook Page later because we will have a giveaway up on the blog for a family to attend Canyon Lights!