Sunday, July 28, 2013

Immerse yourself in a North American Rain Forest


Located at the Northshore Rainforest in Vancouver is 27 acres of pure nature called Capilano Suspension Bridge Park; it's a real treat for anyone who loves nature, fresh air and some adventure. It's only a 30 minute drive from Downtown Vancouver (there's a free shuttle too) and I recommend it for solo travelers, couples and families alike. The park has several reasons to visit: 
  •     The Suspension Bridge is 250 feet above the Capilano River and it stretches a whopping 450 feet. It has been crossed by millions of people since 1889.
  •     Cliffwalk is a series of suspended cliffside bridges, platforms and stairs and provides a nice view of the Capilano River. It will definitely get your adrenaline pumping.   
  •    Treetops Adventure is a series of viewing platforms and 7 suspension bridges that take you deep into the rain forest and the 1300 year old trees. It’s quiet and gorgeous and really makes you feel a part of nature.
  •     Story Center and Totem Park have murals and artifacts chronicling the history of the Bridge and Vancouver, complete with original colorful totem poles from the 1930’s.
  •     Holiday ‘Canyon Lights’ is a winter celebration of light. From November 30th 2013 until January 4th 2014, the entire park and bridges are covered with magical twinkle lights and the celebration includes live music, glass ornament blowing and gingerbread cookie decorating.


 

 
 
  
If you want to buy tickets online you can go here. Adults are $34.95 and they offer a discount for AAA Members. There are discounts for seniors, children and students as well. If you’re a BC resident, with the purchase of one ticket you get a free annual pass.

Depending on your agenda, you could save some money if you book through Expedia. They offer a 5 hour tour of Vancouver’s most popular attractions including Gastown, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Cleveland Dam and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Those tickets are $91.85/adult and $50.10/child.

From May until the end of September, there is a first come-first serve free Shuttle that runs daily from Downtown Vancouver to the park from 9am until 4pm. The shuttles have about 8 different pickup locations and it's workable on any schedule with runs every 15 minutes.