Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver (November 2010)

On the way back from zip-lining at Grouse Mountain, we stopped at another popular Vancouver landmark, the mammoth Capilano Suspension Bridge and the treetop adventure on the other side.

Definitely not for those who have a fear of heights, the bridge (originally built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay) is 140 meters long and sits 70 meters above the river.It weighs a whopping 90,000kg and can hold the combined weight of 1300 people at one time.

According to the signage, you’d need to stack four full-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex  dinosaurs on top of each other to reach from the river to the bridge. Whack the Statue of Liberty in the canyon, and the bridge would come to about shoulder height.

The bridge is as long as two Boeing 747-400  airplanes, wingtip to wingtip.

The Treetops Adventure is a series of footbridges suspended off the ground (sometimes as high as 30 meters off the ground!) amongst the spectacular old-growth Douglas Fir trees on the western side of the canyon.


On-bridge photo for posterity’s sake!
On the far side.


Great illustration of how high the bridge is above the canyon!


Me and a Smoky Bear.

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