Northwest Wanderings: The Capilano River Park’s Cliffwalk soars 300 feet above the Capilano River in North Vancouver, B.C.
This is no ordinary walk in the park.
It’s 300 feet above a forest of hemlock and cedar suspended over the Capilano River in North Vancouver, B.C.
The Cliffwalk is a 700-foot-long path along the granite walls of the canyon, with a semicircle bridge as its centerpiece. It’s one of the many attractions in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
There are only 16 anchor points for the structure, but “it’s way over-engineered,” says Stacy Chala, the park’s spokeswoman. Some anchors are drilled 18 feet into the walls. The Cliffwalk opened in 2011 after four years of planning and construction. Chala says the 100-foot, U-shaped part “is the coolest section.”
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This is a rock climber’s view for those more comfortable on a mall walk. The path is 20 inches wide with high sides for safety.
Still, for those with height anxiety, a platform overlooking the structure might be better.
Or the benches beyond for a view across the river, not down into the canyon.
It costs nearly $40 Canadian ($32.50 USD) for adults to walk it, a sum some visitors consider steep. But that includes admission to the park, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a treehouse and other attractions.
Luisa Behnecke, visiting with co-workers from Germany and Portugal, says, “I love the heights.”
Lazy birds in the canyon do not fly this high.