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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver BC

Vancouver's oldest tourist attraction, originally built in 1889, stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and land developer, arrived in the young city of Vancouver in Canada. 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. The bridge, and Mackay's cabin, became a popular destination for adventurous friends, dubbed Capilano Tramps. After his death, the hemp rope bridge was replaced by a wire cable bridge in 1903.

Since then much has been added to the twenty-seven acre park. Of the many things to do, Treetops Adventure is the park's newest attraction - seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor

There is a fabulous gift shop displaying high quality Canadian souvenirs. In my mind the best in Vancouver

Part of Capilano's captivating story involves the tradition of placing totem (story) poles on the grounds at Capilano Suspension Bridge. In the 1930's Mac MacEachran invited local First Nations to place their story poles in the park, adding a First Nations theme. Those colourful poles are maintained in the exact condition in which they were received and are on display in the Totem Park

This is just one of many beautiful First Nations art displays in the Magical Rain Forest on the Capilano River

Location:North Vancouver, BC

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