If you’ve ever wanted to walk on a stunning, albeit wobbly, bridge that floats through a forest, then you can’t miss Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver.
Sure, when we think of a suspension bridge, we often think about the traffic of cities or some San Francisco helicopter panoramic.
But this is Vancouver.
We grew up around a rainforest and are not about to let architects take centre stage. And I think the park’s 800,000 annual visitors would agree.
⚠️ Warning (07/24/23) ⚠️ Prime entrance slots (9:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm) are already sold out for many dates in August:
Make sure you lock in your Capilano Suspension Bridge tickets in advance online or risk missing out.
How to Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
- Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Things to do
- Price and tickets
- Visiting tips
Capilano Suspension Bridge
The modern version is a 460-foot (140 m) long simple suspension bridge.
This type of swing bridge, built entirely without towers or piers, dangles 230 feet (70 m) above the Capilano River in the middle of North Vancouver’s west coast rain forest.
And you can walk on it!
The subtle sway and vivid view increase the heart rate, resulting in one of the most unique tourist experiences you’ll ever have.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is also home to the world’s largest private collection of totem poles, hosts many seasonal events, and is a history lesson with exhibitions explaining the area’s history and First Nations’ past.
Stay tuned for my 13 visiting tips at the bottom of the article, though I’ll give you my first here if you’re feeling a little woozy at the idea of crossing the suspension bridge:
Holding onto the bridge’s handrails increases the swaying sensation, so if you’re looking to feel more secure, just let go.
It sounds crazy, but try it!
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
The Cliff Walk
The opening of the Cliff Walk gave the area a second great attraction in June of 2011.
What you get here is the chance to meander your way through the heights of the forest on 20-inch wide platforms, bridges, and stairs protruding directly out the side of a granite cliff face.
Your heart will skip a beat in the teeth-grinding glass floor portion.
With just 16 anchor points along the entire route (an engineering marvel and an environmental necessity), you’ll swear you’re seconds from death.
Let’s start with eight 60,000-pound old forest Douglas Fir trees that are old enough to remember the 1750s, shall we?
Next, we connect them with seven suspension bridges to give visitors an adventurous walk with an eagle-eye view of the coastal rainforest. But don’t worry; this won’t induce full-on panic mode like our previous two tremble-inducers.
At the Treetops Adventure, you’ll walk 110 feet (33.5 m) over the forest floor and take in that cedar-scented air.
The best part of all?
At no point have the old-growth trees been penetrated with bolts or nails. This means they’ll remain healthy for years and even accommodate future tree growth.
The Story Centre
The good folks at the Cap Bridge Park wouldn’t let you get away without some local education, would they?
You’ll see the area as it was a hundred years ago through the eyes of the Capilano Tramps, the early pioneers who made the harrowing trip up to the bridge not for photo opportunities but for life’s necessities.
Take a photo with one of them and their turn-of-the-century dress. Then check out some flip books on the bridge’s construction and the history of North Vancouver. All the while experiencing artifacts and photo murals that bring the area to life!
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The area’s earliest human connection goes back thousands of years to the local indigenous populations. This history is marked by several captivating totem poles throughout the park.
This is where you’ll be educated on the deep connection of indigenous people with the natural world.
But what really gets my attention every time are the stunning displays of the unique Coastal First Nations art.
Complimentary guided tours are available for those looking for clarification of the area’s unique history. Learn tales from the area’s earliest settlers to the construction of today’s world-class tourist spectacle from your knowledgeable local guide.
You’ll also receive a unique and interactive look into the area’s flora and fauna from a climate expert – so be sure to try and stump them with whatever question should come to mind!
The free tours are offered hourly.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Prices
The great thing about getting tickets for Capilano Suspension Bridge online is that there are no hidden costs or annoying add-ons.
- Adults: $69.25
- 65+: $64.00
- Youth (13-17): $39.85
- Child (6-12): $29.35
- Under (0-5): free
Buying Capilano Suspension Bridge Tickets Online
It is strongly recommended to book your tickets in advance, especially on weekends, as you run the risk of your time slots being sold out:
Additionally, in booking beforehand, you’ll also get some extra amenities:
- Entrance to the entire park
- Access to the suspension bridge
- Access to the Cliffwalk
- Access to the Treetops Adventure
- A 10-minute history and nature talk with a knowledgeable guide
- A complimentary “I Made It!” souvenir certificate
- Complimentary ponchos in case of rain
- Live entertainment of the season
Finally, if you book Capilano Suspension Bridge tickets via Tiqets using the orange button below, you’ll get also get a free shuttle from downtown so you can skip the driving worries.
Looking to see Grouse Mountain at the same time? Consider a Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge tour.
? Visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge on holiday? Save up to $15.00 with the Vancouver Attraction Pass.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Hours 2023
- November 22nd 2022 to January 22nd 2023: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm (Canyon Lights feature).
- January 23rd to February 2nd 2023: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- February 3rd to February 26th 2023: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
- February 27th to March 10th 2023: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
- March 11th to April 28th 2023: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- April 29th to September 4th 2023: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.
- September 5th to October 10th 2023: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- October 11th to November 21st 2023: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
If you’re wondering how long to spend at Capilano Suspension Bridge, expect to have it done properly in around two hours.
The Best Time to Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge
This thrilling bridge hanging over the Capilano River attracts visitors all year round, and there’s no bad time to visit. However, the “best” time can vary depending on what you’re hoping to experience.
- Spring: As the weather warms, the park springs to life with lush greenery and blooming flowers. The crowds are also thinner during this time, giving you more space to take in the sights at your own pace.
- Summer: The busiest season, with extended hours and extra activities. The weather is typically beautiful, making it a popular time for tourists. You may want to visit earlier to avoid the crowds.
- Autumn: Autumn offers a stunning display of fall foliage, and the cooler temperatures make for a comfortable visit. Plus, the park is less crowded compared to the summer months.
- Winter: Visiting in winter provides a completely different experience. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with the Canyon Lights festival, where thousands of lights illuminate the bridge and surrounding forest.
No matter when you choose to visit, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park promises a thrilling and memorable experience. Just check the weather before you go, and dress accordingly!
Whatever you choose, you can pick your time slot using the calendar below:
How to Get to Capilano Suspension Bridge
If you’ve booked one of the top Vancouver hotels downtown, your best option is to book your Capilano Suspension Bridge tickets via Tiqets to get a free shuttle from downtown at Canada Place.
Hours depend on the season but generally run between 8:35 am and 5:00 pm.
From downtown Vancouver, you can also take bus #246 from the North side of West Georgia Street, a block east of the starting point on the map above.
There is also the option to take the Seabus from Waterfront Station to Lonsdale Quay – from here, you can grab bus #236 from the Lonsdale Bus Loop.
For bus schedules and route info, you can visit Translink.
Driving + Taxi
Expect a 20-40 minute drive from downtown Vancouver depending on traffic. I’d highly recommend avoiding rush hour altogether due to the traffic on the Lion’s Gate Bridge.
As you can see, it’ll double your travel time.
You can also try ride-sharing or grab a reasonable $35.00 Vancouver taxi from downtown.
13 Visiting Tips for Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Buy your Capilano Suspension Bridge tickets online to avoid long lines (especially in high season)
- Ignore websites advertising Capilano Suspension Bridge discount codes (they’re all fake)
- Go as early as possible or after 5:00 pm to avoid the crowds
- Set aside about two hours to visit the entire area properly
- Pack your own lunch if you don’t want to pay premium prices for food
- Looking to save money? There is a 30% reduced ticket at twilight (after 5:00 pm)
- If rain is in the forecast, bring shoes with grip for maximum comfort
- Those with mobility issues or vertigo are recommended against visiting
- Raining? Grab a complimentary yellow rain poncho from guest services
- Try to combine your visit with a day at Grouse Mountain or Lonsdale Quay
- Do the Cliff Walk first since its granite cliff is the ‘least scary’ scary attraction
- Leave your drones and selfie sticks at home, as they are not permitted
- Take advantage of the free WiFi to make your friends jealous with pics!
- Stay on the designated walkways, or you may be kicked out of the park
- Bring your camera to get those crucial Capilano Suspension Bridge photos
Restaurants at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Personally, I prefer heading back to the best restaurants in downtown Vancouver – or at the very least, the best places to eat near Capilano Suspension Bridge.
If you’re hungry, there are a couple of options on-site.
The Cliff House Restaurant overlooks the entire Capilano Canyon and fires out a casual West Coast menu of Oceanwise seafood, craft beer, and BC wines.
There are no reservations: tables are first come, first served (12:00 pm – 9:00 pm).
If you’re a bit more rushed but don’t want to skip on the quality, there is also some great barbecue at Loggers Grill. The local, sustainable, and ethically-raised proteins here are top-notch.
Try the sirloin burger or a Canadian classic: poutine.
Those not looking for a full meal can also find great locally roasted Moja coffee at Bridge House, small batch ice cream (try the maple walnut!) at Ice Cream Creamery, and quality baked goods and beverages at Dr. Wood’s Cabin.
? Big on beer? Check out the best brewery tours in Vancouver.
Shopping Options at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
The aptly named Trading Post takes gift shops to a whole new level. The store is known for its Vancouver-friendly variety of local specialty food products, wind and rain-savvy clothing brands, and First Nations art and jewelry.
You’ll also get your fix of Canadian collectibles and souvenirs, which I’ve covered more deeply in my post on the best shopping in Vancouver.
All the products here ship to anywhere in the world.
Capilano River comes from an anglicized version of the indigenous word kia’palano (beautiful river).
Scottish developer George Grant Mackay bought property on both sides of this North Vancouver river canyon (Capilano Canyon) to build the first bridge with hemp rope and cedar planks.
After Mackay’s death, the bridge changed hands multiple times, and the newest wire-cable version was built in 1903.
In the 1920s, locals began calling it the 8th Wonder of the World.
It was only in 1983, though, that it went from a casual stop-off to a destination attraction – under the guidance of owner Nancy Stibbard.
How to Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park FAQ
Where is Capilano Suspension Bridge Park?
It’s found in the mountainous area of North Vancouver, across the harbour to the north of downtown.
Is Capilano Suspension Bridge Park free?
Unfortunately, the bridge is not free owing to its massive maintenance fees and the availability of many secondary attractions on the site.
That said, if you’re a British Columbia resident with a valid ID, you get unlimited return visits within a year of your original purchase.
Those looking for a free suspension bridge in Vancouver should check out Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.
Is Capilano Suspension Bridge safe?
To date, there have been no malfunctions with the bridge, and the only fatalities have resulted from foul play and/or undue care and attention. Anybody taking standard precautions will not be in danger of any kind.
Is Capilano Suspension Bridge Park scary?
Some people are frightened by the gentle sway of the bridge and the dizzying effect of its height – but most report a pleasant feeling of being suspended in the air.
How long is Capilano Suspension Bridge?
The bridge measures 140 meters (459 feet) long – about the size of some of Vancouver’s biggest skyscrapers.
How high is Capilano Suspension Bridge?
The bridge is 70 meters (229 feet) off the ground – about the height of a 21-story building.
Is Capilano Suspension Bridge kid friendly?
Yes, though it is naturally advised for parents and/or guardians to pay great attention to children during the visit. And don’t forget; babies must be carried below the railing level when crossing the bridge.
Keep in mind, however, that no, strollers are not allowed on the bridge, Treetops Adventure, or Cliff Walk.
Is there a Capilano Suspension Bridge discount code?
Unfortunately, Capilano Suspension Bridge discount codes do not exist, and if they do, they’re created by click farm sites to take advantage of such searches.
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