Aside from making our lives easier by allowing us to cross and reach places, bridges have something overwhelming and beautiful about them that make them important attractions in a country. Some of the most famous ones are the the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Gateshead Millenium Bridge in England, the Millau Bridge in Tarn Valley, France, the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, and the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in China.
These are all bridges used by automobiles and people in busy places—some in the city, some for passing over water, and some connecting roads so long they seem to go on forever. We’re quite familiar with the relatively newer bridges all over the world, but how about going back to where things all started? How about the bridges situated in a natural setting? Let’s go back to the basics.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Built by civil engineer George Grant Mackay in 1888, this Capilano Suspension Bridge was originally made out of hemp ropes with cedar planks. In 1903, the ropes were replaced by wire cable, and was purchased by two other people after 1910. The park’s current owner (who bought it in 1983) is Nancy Stibbard, and since its reconstruction and rebuilding in 1956, more people have started to see the bridge—reaching a number of more than 800,000 visitors per year.
Today, this is considered as one of the most loved and most visited Vancouver, British Columbia destinations. Situated above the beautiful Capilano River, this suspension bridge is in a 27-acre park that has attractions and activities that are sure to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.
The bridge is obviously Capilano’s most famous attraction, and the amazing part is that it’s just ten minutes from downtown Vancouver, which means that you don’t need to go on an epic, butt-wrenching road trip in order to enjoy nature. The attractions and activities that you must not miss in the park are:
Story Centre – This is the place where you’ll learn about the history of the bridge and the most important historical stories of Vancouver. Here, you’ll find antiques and artworks that will give you new knowledge on how all these sights in this park developed.
Walking on the suspension bridge – walking on this bridge will give you an unparalleled view of the nature that Vancouver BC has always been known for.
Treetops Adventure - This park feature allows visitors have a squirrel’s eye view of the entire forest. Here, visitors could go on guided nature tours. Kids will have the best time here, as the Kids’ Rainforest Explorer program offers fun and educational activities.
Cliffwalking - this is the latest addition to the activities at the Capilano Bridge. Take a nice walk on the suspended walkways to see the mostly-unexplored scenery in the park. This was only opened on June 2011, so if you come sooner, you’ll be the first ones to see how this feature will give another reason for people to visit the park.
Totem Park bad Kia’palano – Another way to catch a glimpse and learn about the park’s history is by the totem poles on display in this beautiful park and the Kia’palano, a place where you’ll see the history of the First Nation and the natural world surrounding it.
What are the other bridges set on a natural setting you have in mind? Share with us the other places that we should not miss when looking for new bridges to see and drive on.