Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Living Forest

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    So after leaving the beautiful gardens...we headed over to the Capilano suspension Bridge and the Canopy Forest before it closed it's doors.  I would not want to have to wander around the forest in the dark (grin).   It's a great place to take kids so they can learn different things about the forest, and some the the wildlife.  They love running on all the little tree top bridges.  It was nice for me to just come and wander about and relax and get to the top of the trees without having to climb so hard. (hahahah).  What is nice about this park is that it is not that far away from the city, so you can get out and about and enjoy some fresh air, and see some cool things.

A little bit about the place:

The call it Capilano Suspension Bridge.
It is hard to get a good shot...people keep bouncing on the bridge...
..Bungy Walking.
The bridge spans 450 feet across and 230 feet above North Vancouver's Capilano River. (I am glad I have no fear of heights)... This thing creaks and groans but is built very strong (yep uhuh so they say).  It is strong enough to support the weight of 10 heavy-duty military fighter planes.....(Okay so I want to see 10 fighter planes on this bridge). (Men included).

The Living Forest had some very interesting flora and fauna.  There is lots to do and see there for kids.  There are interactive photo displays, play "what is a tree" (ok). Look at the huge Naturalists Notebook, and stroll through a real west-coast rainforest......

History:

The year was 1888 and George MacKay had a wee bit of a problem.  He just bought some acerage of dense forest on Vancouvers North Shore and built a cabin on the edge of the canyon wall, but he had no way to cross the canyon.
This way!!!!!
  (wrong side of the bridge maybe).  So, ever so delicately, (huh), he built a small suspension bridge from some hemp rope and cedar wood nearby........and the rest folks they say is history.....and what a history..It's a love story of a teenage and a middle aged man she married...It's a story of one man who single-handedly restringing the bridge in five days...It's a story of a secret child...rum-runners...and native statues carved by two Danes in exchange for food...and more...more...more....
I see I have a lot of reading about this bridge...and will add more of the history as I go along.  I need the library I think.  We ran through this and the forest in under one hour I think.  It was nice to see....but we needed to get to Grouse Mountain and see the bears...and the sunset.....that's the next story.....
hummingbird50 says:
Thanks Elke...for the smiles and the spelling error! :)
Posted on: Jun 13, 2008
Sunflower300 says:
Thanks for the fun time Bev.
This blog reminds me of a trip I did with my father when he came to visit.
http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/25268/Tahune-Air-Walk-Tahune-Air-Wak-13
Posted on: Jun 11, 2008
Sunflower300 says:
It sounds like a lovely story Bev; I'm looking forward to a few more history lessons on this area.
Posted on: Jun 11, 2008
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This way!!!!!
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