(Beginning today, Tales Told From The Road” will run a series of “Travel Canada” stories highlighting destinations and attractions from sea-to-sea.)
Remember that scene from Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom when Jones uses a machete-like sword to cut loose a rope bridge over a canyon, sending “The Bad Guys” flailing their limbs in the air as they fall screaming to their deaths? Well, there’s a place just north of downtown Vancouver, B.C. where you can take a tamer stroll across a suspension bridge, do a real “cliff-hanger” walk, and amble among the tree tops: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Since 1889, a suspension bridge has allowed those traveling on foot to cross from one side of the Capilano River to the other. In 1907, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park opened, charging visitors a fee to tip-toe in mid-air above the waters below. While you can still make that aerial journey, today the park offers two other off-the-ground “walkabouts.”
On the Tree Top Adventure, you move from tree to tree through a Douglas fir forest, at times 100 feet in the air.
The Cliffwalk, which opened last June, lets you experience the canyon as a rock climber would, but without using ropes or special equipment, as you meander for over twice the length of a football field along a glass-floored catwalk cantilevered off the cliff face, 300 feet above the river.
This one-minute video clip gives you a taste of what you will experience at the park: