The area that the park is built on is rich with history, and the park does a great job incorporating that history into their attractions. The name Capilano is a First Nations name belonging to the Squamish Nation and the name means “beautiful river”. The park is named after Kia’palano, who was a great Squamish chief who resided in the area in the early 1800s.
Vancouver… the city is known for its hockey, its maple syrup, and of course, the Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you’re afraid of heights, I suggest you sit this one out, as the suspension bridge stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above Capilano River. However, it allows for one of the most breathtaking and spectacular views I have ever seen.
The twenty-seven-acre park surrounding the bridge was built in 1889, and millions of people have crossed it since then. The park also features several other thrilling attractions, including CliffWalk, which is a cantilevered walkway clinging to the side of the granite cliff above the Capilano Canyon.
Several other smaller suspension bridges allow you to take a stroll through the evergreens 100 feet above the forest floor, the attraction called the TreeTops Adventure allows you to have the perfect bird’s eye view. If you’re too terrified to even think about journeying up to that elevation, then the park also features guided nature tours, Kids Rainforest Explorer’s program, and the Living Forest exhibit. Don’t forget to end your day in the best way possible, with homemade fudge from the gift shop!
During the winter, the park has its annual Canyon Lights Winter Festival, which features hundreds of thousands of lights illuminating the park. The bridge and all the attractions are transformed into a festive light show that’s pleasing to the eye. Get the chance to see the world’s tallest Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread cookies, and go searching for Snow Owls.
One of Capilano’s historic traditions includes placing hand crafted totem poles on the grounds near the suspension bridge. The tradition dates back to the when the First Nations people came about, and is a great way to connect people to their culture.
The park is open from May 20 to September 4, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The rates range depending on age and if you’re a student, but the average price for a day at the park is $35.
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