Vancouver’s Laughing Bridge – The Capilano Suspension Bridge

September 7, 2011 by

Sightseeing, Things To Do, Tours & Activities

Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you’re not a fan of heights, fast-moving rivers, or swaying bridges, this may not be the right attraction for you!

What began in the late 1880′s as a cedar plank held up by hemp rope – built by a Scotsman who had a cabin on one side of the river – has now been replaced by wire cables, concrete encasement, and some much-needed extra safety precautions. The bridge is actually just a few years younger than the city of Vancouver herself.

For a “squirrel’s-eye view” of the forest, Treetops Adventure takes you from tree to tree on 100 ft-high bridges. Surrounded by yummy-smelling Douglas Firs and the quiet of nature, you won’t believe you’re only ten minutes from the downtown Vancouver. For an even bigger thrill, try surviving the Cliffwalk – where you can look straight down at the Capilano River, because some of the walkway is made of glass!

There’s also a majestic Totem Park with handcrafted totems carved by First Nations (aboriginal peoples), who used to call the old bridge across the river “the laughing bridge” in the late 19th century because of the funny sound it made in high winds.

Of course, you can also stop at the Loggers’ Grill for a Salmon Burger, poke around the historical exhibit, or pick up some goodies at the souvenir shop that has cropped up as well – but the true highlight will be the fantastically nerve-wracking walk along the infamous Capilano Bridge itself. Don’t look down (or do)!

The Capilano Suspension Bridge site was honored with the “Outside the Box” tourism award for its Treetops Adventure in 2005. Closing hours vary from 6pm to 9pm, so check before you go; in winter months you can see the Canyon Lights at night. It’s open daily, and general admission is $32.95 (Canadian) and downwards for children’s age groups. This includes a complimentary guided eco-tour and access to all the forest adrenaline you can take. Catch a free shuttle from one of five different pick-up points in Vancouver!

-Natalie Grant

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