Visitors find both adventure and festive lights
With many holiday attractions cancelled, I was excited for my visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Open year-round except for Christmas Day, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is currently open from 11 am – 6 pm. The park is a fun way to spend the afternoon and with it being open until 6 pm, you can still experience the gorgeous and festive Capilano Canyon Lights.
As mentioned in my post about Awesome winter adventures in Vancouver, Capilano was at the top of my list. Be sure to plan ahead as you must purchase your ticket in advance. Be sure to dress warmly and wear proper footwear as the trails are often muddy this time of year.
While everything is outside, some areas of the park do require you to wear a mask. The majority of the park is not wheelchair accessible, but it is dog-friendly so feel free to bring your canine companion.
Capilano Canyon Lights Photo Gallery
This famous suspension bridge is 450′ long and swings 230′ above the Capilano River. The original bridge was built back in 1889 with hemp ropes that have since been replaced, making it much stronger. Believe it or not, this bridge can actually hold the weight of a 747 jet!
The Treetops Adventure is a series of 7 suspension bridges that are attached to eight 250-year-old Douglas Fir trees. Unlike any canopy walk in the world, there are no nuts or bolts going into the trees. It uses an innovative tree collar system that is both adjustable and moveable.
During the evening it can be hard to tell how high up you really are, but you reach 110 feet above the forest floor. Day or night, the Treetops Adventure is an exciting walk among very tall Douglas Firs.
The Cliffwalk is a much more adrenaline-inducing experience during the day, but its gorgeous lights make it a must-see at night as well. It stretches 700′ along the Capilano River, over the forest. Its suspended walkways are jutting out from a granite cliff face.
The Cliff House Restaurant is currently closed, but I can’t wait to go back and once it’s open again. I love the red Adirondack chairs and fire pits, it looks very welcoming.
I hope you enjoyed this virtual visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge park all beautifully lit up at night for the holiday season. I’ll be sure to do a follow-up post in a few months during the daytime so you can see the grandeur of the forest and river below the bridges. It’s not too late to get your fill of festive lights. Open daily except for December 25th, get your tickers here.
Pro tip: you can exchange your day-pass for an annual pass at Guest Services before you leave. I am looking forward to visiting the park again in the spring and summer for the day for the epic and spanning views of the Capilano River and forest.
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