Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most popular tourist attractions drawing 800,000 visitors a year in the Greater Vancouver region located in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The simple suspension bridge, crossing the Capilano River is 450 feet (137m) long and 230 feet (70m) high above the river.

History
The history of Capilano Suspension Bridge dated back to 1888 when George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and land developer, purchased 6,000 acres of dense forest on either side of Capilano River and built the hemp rope bridge bridge and a cabin. In 1903 the hemp rope bridge was replaced with a wire cable bridge. and then in 1911 the Tea House was built by the second owner Edward Mahon.

In 1935 forest ranger "Mac" MacEachran purchased the Bridge from Mahon and invited local natives to place their totem poles in the park, adding a native theme. In 1945, he sold the bridge to Henri Aubeneau.

In 1953 Rae Mitchell purchased the bridge property from Henri Aubeneau and completely rebuilt the bridge in 1956 by encasing the cables in 13 tons of concrete at either end. He also converted the Tea House into the Trading Post Gift Store.

The current owner, Nancy Stibbard, purchased the complex in 1983 and used less than ten years to elevate the park from a mere stop-off to a destination attraction.

Park Feature
Besides the suspension bridge, the park also features other fun spots including:

  • Treetops Adventure: Visitors venture from one magnificent Douglas fir tree to another on a series of elevated suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor.
  • Story Center: Life-size photomurals, artifacts and antiques together with "voices from the past" and informative flipbooks chronicle the early history of the Bridge and the development of Vancouver.
  • Totem Park: the colorful poles are maintained in the exact condition when they were received back in 1930 when MacEachran invited local First Nations to place their story poles in the park to add a First Nations theme.
  • Kia'palano: the First Nations' Cultural Center about stories of BC's First Nations people's heritage and the historical connection between their culture and the natural world. Traditional weaving and beadwork is also demonstrated through the day.
  • The Rainforest: The delicate Temperate West Coast Rainforest ecosystem is visually presented on large panels interpreting the Forest Floor, the Rainforest Canopy, Geology at the Edge and the Spirit of the Rainforest.

Minimum Time Needed

2 Hours

Hours

January 3 - March 5 9:00am - 5:00pm
March 6 - April 30 9:00am - 6:00pm
May 1 - May 28 9:00am - 7:00pm
May 29 - September 6 8:30am -8:00pm
September 7 - October 2 9:00am - 6:00pm
October 3 - December 2 9:00am - 5:00pm
December 3 - January 1, 2011 10:00am - 9:00pm

Admission Fee

Adult $29.95
Senior (65+) $27.95
Student (17+ and with ID) $23.75
Youth (13 - 16) $18.75
Child (6 - 12) $10.00
Child under 6 FREE

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http://www.capbridge.com

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