It’s been quite a while since I last posted because I was somewhat distracted by the my girlfriend visiting me from the UK, for 2 weeks. She’s gone back to the UK now 😦 but we had an amazing time and got to do lots of things that I intend to write about over the next week or so. One of the best things we did was visit Capilano Suspension Bridge so I thought what better than to kick off my blogging again than writing about about one of our best days together.
The day we went to Capilano Suspension Bridge it was so sunny with clear blue skies and one of the best days we had weather-wise the entire 2 weeks. To get to Capilano we decided to catch the free shuttle bus that runs from Canada Place in Downtown Vancouver. The bus comes with live commentary from the driver and offers a great opportunity to sit back and take in the views on the way up to Capilano Suspension Bridge.
The route taken is up through Downtown Vancouver to some of the more popular hotels and then down through Stanley Park and across the Lions Gate Bridge, which connects Downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver. As the skies were clear going across the Lions Gate Bridge it offered some incredible views down the estuary and you could see for miles across the city and the docks.
Arriving at Capilano Suspension Bridge the first port of call is the ticket office. Entrance to Capilano Suspension Bridge is pretty expensive at $37.95 per adult (concessions are available for children, youths and seniors), but if you live in BC and take along a form of BC issued ID or proof of residency you get issued with a 12 months pass that allows you to visit as many times as you like. You also benefit from discounts on entry for your guests as well as discounts throughout the Capilano Suspension Bridge complex at the cafes and gift shop. For ease of getting in quickly I would highly recommend pre-booking online, it certainly speeds up having to queue for the tickets to be sold.
Once through the gates there is lots to do for all ages. There are questionnaires for children, there are boardwalks that take you around the forest, an aerial pursuit in the canopy of the trees, the suspension bridge, several cafes, the observation platform, and a gift shop that sells really pretty jewellery and gorgeous fudge.
The views throughout the forest are truly breathtaking and if you’re not too bad with heights the view down to the river below and canyon floor are spectacular. There are endless amounts of photo opportunities available throughout the forest and in lots of places you’d struggle to take a bad photo.
Below are just a few of my favourite photos taken by my girlfriend and myself. Having been there once I know I will certainly be taking advantage of my annual pass and going back. Anyone who wishes to join me is welcome to take advantage of the discount on entry fees.