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Capilano Suspension Bridge
May 20, 2009
The original Capilano Suspension Bridge was built by George Grant Mackay in 1889 to access prime forest lands that he purchased and protected from logging. The bridge was originally suspended on hemp rope. Today's bridge uses 2-inch steel cables capable of supporting two fully loaded 747's.
entry sign - Capilano Suspension Bridge
welcome window
sign - Capilano Suspension bridge established 1889
sign - Kiapalano
Karen Duquette in the totem pole area
Karen Duquette in the totem pole area

The bridge is 450 feet long and 230 feet above the floor of Capilano Canyon. Each step the two RV Gypsies took on the bridge created a gentle wave on the bridge surface and they found themselves walking crooked. It was a lot of fun.

Lee Duquette on the bridge
Lee Duquette on the bridge
Karen Duquette on the bridge
Karen Duquette on the bridge
Lee Duquette on the shaky bridge
Lee Duquette looking down from the bridge
The two RV Gypsies took time to pause on the bridge and marvel at the view, 230 feet below, as clear water rushed far below and streams cascaded down the canyon walls.
view of the river from the bridge
view of the river from the bridge
view of the river from the bridge
view of the river from the bridge
view of the river from the bridge
view of the river from the bridge
Treetops Adventure
After walking the 450 foot long Capilano Suspension Bridge, the two RV Gypsies followed a winding path to elevated timber frame boardwalks high above the forest floor and they got a birds-eye view of a thriving coastal rainforest.

Above: Stairs curved around and up to another shorter suspension bridge.

bridge
ABOVE: Lee Duquette climbed the stairs first while Karen Duquette stayed on the trail below to photograph him on the first bridge in Treetop Adventure. Then Karen climbed the stairs to join Lee and continued on to the other bridges.
BELOW: In all, the rainforest canopy walk is 650 feet long and made up of a series of cable bridges suspended between platforms that reach as high as 12 stories and go from the forest floor to the upper branches, and from deep in the forest to the edge of the canyon and back again. Below: Lee Duquette on to the second bridge at Treetops Adventure...........
the second bridge at Treetops Adventure
Lee Duquette on the second bridge
view of the bridge and round lookout
Below: Looking down to the original pathway and looking out and around the corner to the next bridge
looking down to the original pathway
looking out and around the corner to the next bridge
a lookout
Lee Duquette approaching a lookout
Lee on one of the lower bridges
Karen Duquette on one of the lower bridges
Each Treetops Adventure bridge is supported on 1-inch cables capable of holding 100,000 pounds.
looking up at one of the supporting trees
another lookout
another lookout
nurse log info
a nrse log
a sign about trees
sign - Cliff Hanger area
a low walkway
Cliffhanger Walk - a leisurely stroll among the trees and native plants and another perspective of the forest and canyon. Below - the Capilano Suspension Bridge as seen from the Cliffhanger area.
view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
Karen Duquette and a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
Karen Duquette and a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
Lee and Karen Duquette and a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
Karen Duquette and a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
sign about tree workouts
Lee Duquette and a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
Karen Duquette and a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area
Karen Duquette and a view of the Capilano Bridge from Cliff Hanger area

Below: Views of the river from various locations

view of the river from various locations
views of the river from various locations
views of the river from various locations
The trail circled back under the main Capilano Suspension Bridge for photo opportunities of a different angle.
under the Capilano Suspension bridge
the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Below: The view looking straight down
looking straight down
ducks
ducks
3 sister ponds sign
Karen Duquette
Karen Duquette
sign - slug crossing
 slug crossing area
sign -  Grandma Capilano tree
Grandma Capilano tree
bird in a tree
bird in a tree
Below: The entrance to the gift shop
entrance to the gift shop
A cloud covered Grouse Mountain as viewed from the Capilano Bridge. The two RV Gypsies went there next in hopes that the view would be clear. Use the link below for photos of Grouse Mountain.
a cloud covered Grouse Mountain as viewed from the Capilano Bridge
a cloud covered Grouse Mountain as viewed from the Capilano Bridge
next adventure of the two RV Gypsies in BCGrouse Mountain, snow, carvings, owls and more,