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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

North Vancouver, British Colombia

Admire Vancouver's natural beauty at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a quintessential British Columbia experience and one of the Pacific Northwest's most popular attractions. The highlight includes walking out onto the 450-foot (137-meter) suspension bridge as it sways between the temperate rain forest over the rushing Capilano River below. With plenty more to see and do besides, it’s a must for adventurous visitors in Vancouver.

Book admission tickets in advance for this popular attraction and visit independently—highlights include First Nations totem poles, a 700-foot-long (213-meter-long) Cliffwalk, and a thrilling treetop adventure route made up of smaller, open-ended suspension bridges. Kids will also love the guided nature walks. Alternatively, stop by on a small-group or private tour from Vancouver that also heads to Grouse Mountain or tours Vancouver city. Most such tours include round-trip transportation for convenience.

  • The bridge's thick steel cables are securely attached to huge concrete blocks on either side of the canyon; there's no need to be afraid.

  • While strollers and wheelchairs are not allowed on the bridge, visitors with wheelchairs receive free entrance to the park and can take part in other activities.

  • Dogs are permitted in the park, as long as they stay on their leash.

  • There's an on-site gift shop for all your souvenir needs.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is located in North Vancouver, across the First Narrows from Stanley Park. By road, take Highway 99 north across the Lions Gate Bridge to Exit 14 on Capilano Road. By public transit, take the 246 bus from downtown Vancouver or the connection between the SeaBus and the 236 bus. A free shuttle also stops at several downtown hotels, and you can get there easily from the Olympic Cauldron, Granville Island, and Canada Place.

While summer is by far the most popular time to visit and take your turn at the walk across the bridge, the park is open year-round. Between the months of November and January, the bridge and surrounding area are lit up with hundreds of thousands of canyon lights set against the greenery. You’ll also find fun holiday activities suitable for families and kids.

Originally installed by Scottish civil engineer George Grant Mackay, the Capilano Suspension Bridge started life as a hemp rope footbridge before being replaced in 1903, reinforced in 1914, and rebuilt in 1956. It's now one of Vancouver's most popular attractions, owned by Nancy Stibbard. And the name? It's an Anglicization of the Squamish Nation word Kia'palano.

How much time you need at Capilano Suspension Bridge depends on you. While the bridge only takes around 5 to 15 minutes to cross, there’s plenty more to do in the park. Most people spend around 2.5 to 3 hours exploring the grounds, but it’s still worth visiting if you have less time.

Yes, it is worth going to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Along with the historic 450-foot (137-meter) bridge, the park features many other things to do and views to behold. Highlights include a cliff walk, a treetop adventure circuit, and a collection of First Nations totem poles.

No, you do not need to book the Capilano Suspension Bridge. However, doing so is a very good idea, particularly if you visit during the summer. The festive weeks leading up to Christmas are also notably busy when the park is illuminated with numerous colorful, twinkling lights.

No, the Capilano Suspension Bridge hike is not hard. Crossing the bridge doesn’t take long, and there are railings to hold onto. However, visitors with compromised mobility may find it challenging, and those with a fear of heights may find it too much to handle.

No matter what time of year you visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge, wearing comfortable shoes and bringing rain protection is crucial. A sun-shielding hat is a good idea if you visit in the summertime. Layers are a must the rest of the year, and a good coat is particularly essential in the winter.

If you’re traveling from downtown Vancouver and aren’t on a Capilano Suspension Bridge tour, you’ll either need to take public transportation, rideshare or taxi, or drive yourself. Bus 246 will get you from downtown Vancouver to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. There’s also a free shuttle that departs from Canada Place.


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