Capilano Suspension Bridge
Your pulse quickens as you step onto the swaying planks of Vancouver's first visitor attraction.
Breathe in the cedar-scented rainforest air as you make your way across Vancouver's famous landmark. Only minutes away from downtown Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to the natural splendor of rainforest trails through magnificent evergreens and the unique perspective of Treetops Adventure, a walk high in the trees.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge History
In 1888, George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and land developer, arrived in the young city of Vancouver in Canada. He immediately became involved with many projects and as City Park Commissioner, set aside Stanley Park as a recreational area. He bought and sold farm land in the Okanagan, founding the city of Vernon.
Mackay purchased 6,000 acres of dense forest on either side of Capilano River and built a cabin on the very edge of the canyon wall. Assisted by two local natives and a team of horses, Mackay suspended a hemp rope and cedar plank bridge across the river. Natives called it the "laughing bridge" because of the noise it made when wind blew through the canyon. The bridge, and Mackay's cabin, became a popular destination for adventurous friends, dubbed Capilano Tramps (due to the long hike up to the property!).
After his death, the hemp rope bridge was replaced by a wire cable bridge in 1903.
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