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If you want to explore some nature in Vancouver that is easy to access, we highly recommend the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We were pretty excited to explore this park as the pictures we saw online looked amazing with the greenery surrounding the bridge.
We were staying at a gorgeous Airbnb in downtown Vancouver and it took us about 35 minutes to get to the park. We took the train from Chinatown (the station was located right next to our Airbnb) to Canada Place. From Canada Place, there was a free shuttle that took visitors to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The buses were really nice with comfortable seats, which was surprising since it was a free shuttle. The shuttle runs pretty frequently throughout the day, so there's no need to worry if you miss the first bus you see.
We wanted to arrive at the park right when they opened to avoid the huge crowds (it was Saturday), so we hopped on the bus around 10AM. We also bought our tickets online, so we skipped the lines and headed straight into the park. It was a little foggy and misty but luckily that didn't put a damper on our day. We were still able to see the gorgeous landscape and thoroughly enjoyed everything the park had to offer.
There are several attractions at the park and the main one is the Suspension Bridge. It's a gorgeous 230-foot historic bridge that was built in 1889. The views from the bridge are amazing and it was a bit challenging capturing photos because the bridge was pretty wobbly. If you get motion sickness fairly easy, you may want to go early when there are less people. The more people, the more movement there is on the bridge.
Once we crossed the bridge, we began our Treetops Adventure. This was a fun trek where you walk along seven mini suspension bridges amongst the surrounding old growth Douglas-firs. It's an enjoyable trek for both adults and children. The mini bridges integrated so beautifully with the trees and I kept wishing I had grown up with a treehouse in my backyard. There is something truly special about treehouses that I just can't put into words.
Next, we headed back across the bridge and started our trek to the Cliffwalk. This is a fairly short trek and a gorgeous one! It's a suspended walkway along the sheer granite cliff. There is no turning back once you start and the views of the canyon are stunning. There are also various photo opportunities where you can step aside and let others pass through. Everyone at the park was courteous and followed instructions, so the walk went very smoothly.
When we completed the Cliffwalk trek, we were pretty hungry and luckily, right along the path back to where we were about to exit the park, there was a cute restaurant called The Cliff House. Our server informed us that the restaurant was fairly new and had only been open for about a month.
We were all delighted with all of our beautifully presented entrees and learned that the restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients. We ordered everything form their hamburger to brisket to fish and chips and everything was delicious. Even their side salad was impressive. My kale salad was prepared with just the right amount of dressing and sprinkled with a variety of fresh fruits.
After lunch we exited the park and headed back downtown. Weather in Vancouver can be a little tricky to tell if it's going to rain or not, so we were lucky that we only got a little mist and fog. The park is very well maintained and a great way to explore some nature that isn't too far from the city. We didn't' rent a car, but it was super easy to get to the park with Vancouver's public transportation.
* Get there when they open if you want to avoid the large crowds. We left the park around noon and by that time, it was pretty packed.
* Wear comfy and closed toe shoes.
* Buy your tickets online to skip the entrance line.
* No need to panic if it rains. The park conveniently offers free ponchos.