During my trip up to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for Christmas, I decided to take advantage of my hometown’s close proximity to the Canadian boarder and take a mini-trip up to the stunning city of Vancouver.
After a short road trip, we checked into our hotel on Granville St. and went straight to the classic Canadian eatery Smoke’s Poutinerie for some chicken, bacon, and ranch poutine.
We made a quick stop at an Irish pub and continued over to Gastown. Here we had a bite and some whiskey at Local Public Eatery before wandering over to the infamous steam clock (which I had been waiting years to see as it is on the cover of one of my favorite Nickelback albums).
The next morning after a breakfast inside the quirky Twisted Fork Bistro, we drove over to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Last time I visited the park was when I was 6 years old, and returning has long been on my bucket list. Though the park was significantly more crowded than it was during my last visit 17 years ago, there had also been more bridges and attractions added.
The snow was falling as we went down the windy steps to the Cliffwalk. The pathway jutting out from the side of the cliff not only looked incredible (and frightening) in itself, but also had breathtaking surrounding views of waterfalls and the green Canadian forest. The Cliffwalk ends along a wooded path filled with man-made streams and information about the surrounding ecosystems.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge
The main attraction, the suspension bridge hangs 230 feet above the Capilano river and dates back to 1889. Unfortunately it has become uncomfortably packed with tourists, so obtaining a photograph without the crowds has become near impossible. As an experience, it is still well worth fighting the crowds to feel what it is like to walk across the hanging bridge and see the views of beautiful British Columbia.
For the suspension bridge ‘gram you’re looking for, the treetops adventure awaits on the other side of the bridge and allows you to explore the bridges 100 feet up without feeling as overwhelmed by the crowds. This was one of my favorite sections of the park and was made even more magical by the falling snow with the string lights throughout the tree trunks and bridges. We were even lucky enough, after descending from the trees, to get a chance to watch the Canadian wildlife. A large bird put on a fishing show while trying to stockpile fish on his little island, creating a battle for the fish’s life in which the fish ultimately won.
What’s your favorite Vancouver attraction?