Friday, March 25, 2011

Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver

Photo: Charles McEachen on flickr

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a thrilling tourist attraction. Walking across the narrow span high above the Capilano River is not for the faint of heart.

It feels flimsy and sways with the movement of those crossing it, but leaves the millions who have crossed it with a feeling of accomplishment.

I first crossed in 1966, and had to endure the deliberate shaking by kids, in spite of the sign. Perhaps because it is so nearby, or perhaps because that was so scary, I've never crossed it since.

Built originally in 1889, the bridge is 230 feet or 70 metres above the river and 450 feet (137 metres) across.

Recently seven new suspension bridges have been added to create a Treetops Adventure , a "Squirrel's-eye view" of Vancouver's coastal rainforest.

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