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Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Canyon Regional Park is situated on the edge of North Vancouver and can be reached from downtown in just about 10 minutes by car. It is also accessible by transit. A famous tourist attraction in the area is the Capilano Suspension Bridge, originally built a hundred years ago.

The current wood-and-rope bridge is the fourth one on this site. It was built in 1956 and stretches out 70 meters above the canyon floor, giving a breathtaking view over the splendid natural setting. There is an admission charge to gain entrance to the bridge an associated park.

Another idea is to visit the less famous Lynn Canyon Park at the eastern edge of North Vancouver. This city park has an equally impressive suspension bridge that is even a little higher than the Capilano one. Better yet, it is free of charge to visit! There are great hiking trails throughout the park but the bridge is only a short walk from the parking lot and visitor centre.

Another nearby attraction that you should not skip is the Capilano Salmon Hatchery. Despite the proximity of the city and the dense population, there are spawning salmon that swim right through on their way up the Capilano River from the Pacific Ocean. At the hatchery there is a dam, so they have built a salmon ladder to give them a little help. The hatchery has many things to see and if you arrive in the fall, you can actually see the salmon traveling upstream for yourself through the glass windows!