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How Long to Spend at Capilano Suspension Bridge

A common question I get from readers is how long to spend at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

There’s a bit of a misconception that you walk over the bridge, take a few photos along the way, and head back to the parking lot.

There’s actually much more to it than that – so let’s break it down.

⚠️ Warning (04/20/24) ⚠️ Prime entrance slots are selling out quickly for high season (April-September).

Make sure you lock in your Capilano Suspension Bridge tickets in advance online or risk missing out. In using the links in this post you’ll even get a free shuttle from downtown and the ability to cancel free of charge should you change your plans.

How Long Does it Take to Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge?

First, know that Capilano Suspension Bridge Park actually includes three major attractions in one spot.

Of course, we have the star of the show: the 460-foot-long forest bridge, which sways just enough to get your heart rate up – but can hold the weight of a fully loaded 747.

Expect this to take about 20 to 30 minutes for the full walk, a mandatory stop in the middle for photos etc.

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How Long Do the Secondary Attractions at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Take?

I use the term secondary very lightly here because these are amazing sights in their own right. Here is a quick summary of a few of my favourites:

Tourist peer over the edge of the Capilano Suspension Bridge
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The Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Here you’ll walk along 20-inch wide platforms, bridges, and stairs sticking right outside a granite cliff face. There’s even a glass floor portion for the more courageous guests.

Expect this to take about 15-20 minutes, depending on how long you want to hang out, quite literally, off the cliffside.


Then we’ve got the Treetops Adventure:

The Treetop Adventure at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge Treetops Adventure

This gives you the chance to walk across seven suspension bridges – connected to eight 60,000-pound old forest Douglas Fir trees (that have been around since the 1750s) for an eagle-eye view of the old growth forest.

Expect to take around 20-30 minutes to do the full circuit.

Other Attractions

Also, for the full visit, you should consider another 30-40 minutes for the following:

  • The complimentary 10-minute History and Nature Talks tour by knowledgeable guides
  • Check out the fantastic Totem Poles crafted by local indigenous artists
  • A look through the gift shop
  • A great locally roasted coffee at Bridge House
  • Some live seasonal entertainment

In total, this means you should spend about 2 hours at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

If you’re checking out some of the top places to eat near Capilano Suspension Bridge, add another hour, plus an hour for traffic, and we’re looking at a four-hour commitment.

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Whatever you do, know that it is mandatory to book your Capilano Suspension Bridge time slots in advance – in going with Tiqets, you get the added benefit of getting a free shuttle from downtown.

You can check your preferred time slots here:


How Long to Spend: Zero If You Don’t Book in Advance

You may not get to spend any time at the bridge if you don’t book online in advance – especially if you’re visiting Vancouver in summer.

As you can see above, showing up without tickets means you could be showing up when Capilano Suspension Bridge tickets are already sold out.

In this case, as entrances are limited to create less wear and not overload the bridge, you could be asked to come back to a later time slot – or another day altogether.

Always book in advance to lock in your spots and get a free shuttle from downtown.

Still Wondering How Long to Spend at Capilano Suspension Bridge?

Finally, you’ll want to know how to get to Capilano Suspension Bridge. That way, you won’t eat up half your time stuck in traffic.

Looking to see Grouse Mountain too? Consider a Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge tour. Otherwise, I hope you’ve answered the question of how long to spend at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Enjoy your visit?

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