The original bridge was constructed in 1889 by George Grant (Mac) Mackay, who owned 6,000 acres of dense forest on either side of the river and was looking for a way to cross. This early bridge was made of hemp rope and cedar planking. In 1903, after Mackay died, it was replaced with a wire cable bridge.
In 1910, the bridge was sold to local developer Edward Mahon who, along with his wife and mother-in-law, planted gardens and built a tea house on the premises. He also strengthened the bridge with additional cables.
Mahon sold the bridge to Mac MacEachern in 1935, who began the tradition of placing native Canadian totem poles in the park. The bridge was sold again in 1945 and 1953, and its current owner, Nancy Stibbard, purchased it in 1983 and made it the major attraction it is today.
To make their way across the gently swaying bridge, through the 300-year-old west coast rainforest, is the main goal of most visitors who make a stop at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Certainly not for those who are afraid of heights, the bridge provides a bird’s eye view of the gently flowing water and the forest floor below. Click on a photo see an enlarged view
If you’re fascinated by what you see, stop by The Living Forest, where you can learn about the trees, bugs, and animals of the forest through interactive displays, without disturbing the fragile ecosystem of the rainforest.
You’ll certainly want to make another stop at the Totem Park. Since the 1930s, local native Canadians have been placing their colourful creations here for all to admire. Have your camera ready!
The Story Centre provides a little history of the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park through the use of life-size photomurals, antiques, and artifacts.
If all this fresh air and hobnobbing with nature makes you hungry, the park boasts both a full-service restaurant and a café and grill for a quick bite.
While it may seem like miles away from the center of town, Capilano Suspension Bridge Vancouver is easily reached by car. Just travel through Stanley Park, over the beautiful Lions Gate Bridge, and travel 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) north on Capilano Road. The Bridge and Park are open every day except Christmas.