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Published: September 1st 2018
The bridge in the Capilno Suspension Bridge Park.
I woke up early for no apparent reason, so I thought I might as well get up and walk over to Stanley Park again for some early morning pictures looking back at Vancouver. Once I had got my photos and it was getting light, it was a really nice walk back along the water-front in the peace and quiet, with a fantastic view of the sunrise and the high-rise buildings of Vancouver.
My son and I had decided that we would go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which had been recommended. It was only a short drive over the Lion Gate Bridge (a green Golden Gate Bridge), which we had cycled under during our Stanley Park circuit (see I Still Haven’t Forgotten How to Ride a Bike
), and then just a little way into North Vancouver.
The car-park was full so we needed to drive 1km further to an overflow car-park. We were all set to walk back to the park when someone pointed out that there was a free shuttle bus waiting to take us there. On the way, the bus went round a corner quite quickly and the emergency exit window that I was leaning on flew open. So probably the most scary part
The cliff walk in the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
of the Suspension Bridge Park for me was before we had even got there.
At $46.95 it was expensive to get in, but, on the plus side, my son got a discount for being a student and bizarrely enough I also got a discount for being a member of the AA. When the lady selling tickets realised that we were British, she asked if we were members off the AA or RAC as there was a discount and, luckily, I had my AA membership card on me.
There has been a suspension bridge here since 1889, although, reassuringly, it is not the original bridge. The park seems to have grown-up around the bridge and is mainly an educational experience for younger children.
That aside, the bridge itself is an experience. It is extremely long at 450 feet and is unstable (albeit safe) to say the least. It was bouncing and wobbling about most of the time, but at one point there were more people on one side than the other (everyone in each direction stuck to their right-hand side) and it was definitely leaning over significantly to that side.
Over the other side of the bridge
The early morning view from Stanley Park.
were various boardwalks through the forest, some at ground-level, some at tree-top level, with lots of educational signs for the kids. Back on the entrance side was the ‘cliff walk’, which was suspended out precariously along the side of the cliff-face. Also not for the faint-hearted.
Afterwards, we got back to the hotel and met back up with my wife and daughter. My wife and I then decided to go back for a walk to the totem poles in Stanley Park. Whilst it was a lot busier than when I had been their early in the morning, it is still a lovely park and it was again a nice walk along the water-front, despite part of it being right under the landing path of the seaplanes.
When driving earlier, we had seen a Denny’s in North Vancouver, so we went back there to eat in the evening, basically to save some money. It’s what we call “Cheap and cheerful”, very much like the Harvester back in the UK.
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