Capilano Suspension Bridge

A view to a thrill.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver’s oldest attraction, marks its 125th birthday this year. Originally built in 1889 by Scottish civil engineer and city park commissioner George Grant Mackay,  the bridge was initially constructed of strung hemp rope and cedar planks so that Mackay would have access to the west side of his property (Mackay owned 6,000 acres of land on either side of Capilano River).

Completely rebuilt in 1956, the 450-foot-long pedestrian bridge floats 230 feet above the Capilano River and continues to thrill, attracting 800,000 visitors annually. The swaying overpass isn’t the only adrenaline-pumping attraction to stun day trippers—in some areas along the park’s Treetop Adventure and breathtaking Cliffwalk, glass is all that separates you from the canyon floor below.


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May 27, 2014