Vancouver's famous Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park in Canada

Vancouver, Canada

If walking along a long 100 year old suspension bridge with breath-takingly beautiful views swinging high above a river captures one's interest, then the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park in Vancouver, Canada will be right up your alley!

There is more to this park than just the suspension bridge.

The same day that my mother, niece and I went back to revisit the Queen Elizabeth gardens in Vancouver, we started our sightseeing at the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park.

We had picked up a brochure and in 1989, the time of our visit, it stated that they were celebrating 100 years of the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The photo of the suspension bridge high over the water looked intriguing.


Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver

The Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge | Source

Totem poles in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Beautiful totem poles in this park
Beautiful totem poles in this park | Source
One of many totem poles at this site
One of many totem poles at this site | Source

Totem poles


The park has a number of totem poles and they offer totem and nature park tours.

One can even watch a Master Indian carver at work.



One of the signs that I photographed had this written on it:

Totem poles are largely of three types: (a) memorial poles, which stand in front of houses or villages, (b) mortuary poles (grave markers) and (c) house poles which were incorporated into the structure of the house. Groups of carvings on the poles frequently became family crests. These crests were inherited, gained by conquest or occasionally obtained as payment for services. The figures composing the crests were derived from history and folklore. They represented birds, fish, animals and spirits. Figures that were half-human and half-animal represented spirits capable of taking either form.



We were to see other totem poles in Vancouver, but this was an interesting and colorful collection on the grounds of this beautifully landscaped park at the Capilano Bridge grounds.


Capilano Suspension Bridge view

View looking down on the river from the bridge
View looking down on the river from the bridge | Source

Each video shows a little something different...

Ben's Tours - Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver BC

The Capilano Suspension Bridge


My mother took one look at that bridge and decided to stay on terra firma.

I'll admit, the views are a bit daunting!

The suspension bridge is 230 feet up from the Capilano River and sways 450 feet across the length of the Capilano Canyon.

We found out that the Capilano River is the major source of fresh water for Vancouver.

My niece and I decided to be brave and walk the length of the bridge.

Cedar planks offer secure footing and there are Steel railings to hang onto with a steel mesh screening that is probably about 3 to 4 feet in height to make sure that people do not step off of the bridge by accident.

It does sway!

Personally I was happy to have that railing to hang onto as we both joined many others who were crossing from one side of the canyon to the other, and of course, back again.

Apparently the very first bridge was built using wood and hemp.

The current bridge is anchored by 13 tons of concrete at both ends.

The views are wonderful!

Since we were there, there have been other suspended bridges added as one can continue walking among the trees exploring more of the wooded area from an elevated perspective.

The videos I have selected show more of this.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is certainly the longest of its type that I have ever walked across!

I was counting on that massive amount of concrete on both ends plus the steel cables to keep the bridge secure as were the many other thrill seekers walking the bridge that day along with us.

Showing how this bridge sways!

Would you walk over this long swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge?

  • Yes...been there...done that...the views are fantastic!
  • I have been married on that bridge or know other people who have!
  • I would certainly like to have the opportunity
  • Are you kidding? I'll just look at the view from land.
  • Not a chance!
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

My mother and niece relaxing in Capilano Park
My mother and niece relaxing in Capilano Park | Source
My beautiful niece with the amazingly bountiful hydrangeas in bloom on the grounds of the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
My beautiful niece with the amazingly bountiful hydrangeas in bloom on the grounds of the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park | Source

Capilano Suspension Bridge

The long Capilano Suspension Bridge
The long Capilano Suspension Bridge | Source
My pretty niece
My pretty niece | Source

Outdoor seating is available for lunch...


After my niece and I rejoined my mother who was enjoying the ambiance of the beautifully landscaped park, we decided to have lunch there so that we could enjoy the grounds a bit longer.


The weather was so lovely that we decided to dine outside. They have many umbrella tables and the Bridge House Restaurant was where we chose to order our food that day because they offered more choice.


I had a very good salad with chunks of Indian smoked salmon in the mix.


On the grounds was also a casual outdoor salmon barbeque place.


Obviously salmon is readily available in the Northwest and is not only very fresh but served in many different ways.


There is a log cabin Trading Post on this site where local Indians offer totem poles, Indian jewelry and other carvings.


The Canyon House Galleria had souvenirs from around the world. Touristy do-dads.



The experience of walking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge and enjoying the adjacent park with totem poles was a nice start to our day of sightseeing in Vancouver.


The natural setting of the magnificent trees and the rushing water of the Capilano River below the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge certainly made a lasting impression on the three of us.



Would this vacationer recommend seeing and experiencing the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park in Vancouver, Canada to others who have not yet been there?


The answer is an affirmative "yes!"

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My mother, niece and the "Indians" camped out at their tepee A bit of whimsy
My mother, niece and the "Indians" camped out at their tepee
My mother, niece and the "Indians" camped out at their tepee | Source
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A bit of whimsy
A bit of whimsy | Source

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A marker3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada V7R4J1 -
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R, Canada
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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Glenis Rix,

Nice that you have gotten to experience walking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We did not get to visit the museum you mentioned in Vancouver, but did see the one on Vancouver Island...the Royal British Columbia Museum...and thought that it was fabulous. Like you, I would highly recommend a visit there also. Will remember your recommendation should we ever return to Vancouver. Appreciate your comment.


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Glenis Rix 15 months ago from UK

Been there, done that, got the certificate - 14 years ago! Very scary. Visiting relatives in Vancouver again next May so might summon up the courage again. One of my favourite places in Vancouver is the Museum and Anthrapology at the Uni. of B.C. Highly recommend.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello Demba,

So glad you liked this post. Hope you are enjoying others of mine as well. Thanks for your comment.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello Vishant,

Nice to know that you have enjoyed this site also. One would have to be careful with kids!


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