Located at the Northshore Rainforest in Vancouver is 27 acres of pure nature called the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park; it’s a real treat for anyone who loves nature, fresh air and some adventure. It’s only a 30-minute drive from Downtown Vancouver (there’s a free shuttle too) and I recommend it for solo travelers, couples and families alike. The park has several reasons to visit:
The Suspension Bridge is 250 feet above the Capilano River and it stretches a whopping 450 feet. It has been crossed by millions of people since 1889.Cliffwalk is a series of suspended cliffside bridges, platforms and stairs and provides a nice view of the Capilano River. It will definitely get your adrenaline pumping.Treetops Adventure is a series of viewing platforms and 7 suspension bridges that take you deep into the rain forest and the 1300 year old trees. It’s quiet and gorgeous and really makes you feel a part of nature.Story Center and Totem Park have murals and artifacts chronicling the history of the Bridge and Vancouver, complete with original colorful totem poles from the 1930’s.Holiday ‘Canyon Lights’ is a winter celebration of light. From November 30th until January 4th, the entire park and bridges are covered with magical twinkle lights and the celebration includes live music, glass ornament blowing and gingerbread cookie decorating.
The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is a great alternate option if you are on a budget; it’s another suspension bridge in North Vancouver (15 minute drive from Capilano), but this one is free. It’s shorter and lower than the Capilano Suspension Bridge and there is no cliff walk, but it’s certainly fun and usually has less visitors. Prime example of an off the beaten path gem!
Alternatively, B&Bs are perfect for couples and solo travelers. Both the Thistle Down House B&B in Capilano and the West End Guest House near downtown come very highly recommended and are cheaper than hotels in the city (with breakfast!).