Last updated on January 8th, 2019 at 08:19 pm

Originally published July 29, 2016 and updated April 11, 2018.

I had been wanting to check out Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for years. My family visits Vancouver every Boxing Day and at least one other time of year for the past 4 or 5 years.

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I always had the Capilano Bridge on our Vancouver itinerary, but something always came up.

So, when I started planning a trip to Vancouver in July with my Mom and my toddler (while 7 months pregnant) I knew Capilano Suspension Bridge Park had to be one of our first stops.

We have since gone back during the holidays to experience their famous Canyon Lights.

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It’s no wonder Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of the top tourist attractions in Vancouver, BC! Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Why Should Your Family Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver?

First of all, it’s one of Vancouver’s top attractions. I mean, it’s not just a swinging bridge. Once you arrive, you’ll understand why so many people flock there every year.

The Capilano bridge is just the path to get to the really cool stuff on the other side! They have 7 suspended footbridges high above the rainforest floor.

There’s a Cliffwalk along the Capilano River with a series of tiny bridges, stairs and platforms. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers guided nature tours and a Kids’ Rainforest Explorer Program.

Plus you can find totem poles. It’s no wonder visitors spend approximately 2.5 hours within the park.

Oh, and don’t worry: WiFi is available throughout the park.

Here’s my favorite YouTube video from Guide to Vancouver that provides a nice overview of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park:

What My Toddler Thought About This Vancouver Attraction

As soon as we walked through the gate, I was instantly impressed! It almost had a theme park feel to it, as there were many great photo set ups and clear (yet adorable) signage.

We stopped at the wishing pond so my son could toss in a few coins for good luck. This led him to want to throw coins from every bridge and pond we walked across, which is (of course) not allowed.

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My son had to throw a few coins into this wishing pond as we entered Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver, Canada. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

We also walked by really beautiful totem poles that lined the walkway. My son is afraid of Hawaiian tikis, and these were a bit too similar for him at first.

By the end of the walk, he started to warm up to them.

SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN VANCOUVER

We got to the Suspension Bridge and we were all impressed! It’s a lot to take in. I was surprised how wobbly the stairs were to get onto this Vancouver swinging bridge.

My toddler held my hand and the railing, but he was very unsure of what was happening.

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Crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge was no easy task for a toddler as it sways back and forth. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
When we got about halfway across the bridge, I asked him if he wanted to turn back. He looked at me and said “wee! Owen keep walking!” I had no idea he was having a good time!
 
I took lots of photos with my phone as we walked across the bridge, but that was only because my Mom was holding my son’s hand.
 
If I had been holding his hand, I would have needed my free hand to hang onto the railing.

PHOTO OPS AT THIS VANCOUVER BRIDGE

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My toddler measuring his wingspan at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver, Canada. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

There are a ton of photo ops around Capilano Suspension Bridge Park! I only had my iPhone with me and I was chasing a toddler.

However, I’d recommend bringing a nicer camera so you can take advantage of all the fun places for photos!

TREETOP ADVENTURES

Once we were across the bridge, my toddler wanted to explore. I had no idea how awesome the Treetops Adventure or Nature Tour would be!

We managed to do both, which were a total blast, before we heard the announcement that the park would be closing soon and we needed to head out.

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Kids will have a blast exploring the Tree Walk at Capilano in Vancouver, BC. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung
By the time we got to the Capilano Bridge, my legs were already tired from so much walking and I was shocked that my toddler still had energy to run around trees before hitting the bridge.
 
This time, though, my Mom carried him the whole way across.
 

Before You Go to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park:

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The Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver, British Columbia offers insane views of the Capilano River. Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

WHEN TO VISIT CAPILANO

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is open every day except December 25th. Their hours vary depending on the time of year.

The park is open late during the summer months and during their Canyon Lights event.

The park is outdoors, so I’d recommend going on a nice day during the Summer or Fall.

And I’d definitely recommend going to experience Canyon Lights. However, we went on Boxing Day, which we later found out is their busiest day of the year.

PARKING AT CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE PARK

On a summer evening in July, we easily found parking across the street in their official lot and paid $5 to park. Then, we crossed the street to enter Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

During the holidays, we parked off-site and used their parking lot shuttle bus to get to Canyon Lights. The shuttle came pretty frequently, but it was PACKED.

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE SHUTTLE

If you are staying in Downtown Vancouver, take advantage of the FREE daily shuttle to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. You can see the schedule here.

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE PRICE

Kids under 6 years old are FREE.
Kids ages 6-12 years old are $14.95.
Youth ages 13-16 years old are $26.95.
Students ages 17+ (with student ID) are 33.95.
Adults ages 17-64 years old are $42.95.
Seniors ages 65+ are $38.95.

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE HOURS

2019 Hours

Jan 28 – Mar 15: 9am-5pm
Mar 16 – Apr 18: 9am-6pm
Apr 19 – May 17: 9am-7pm
May 18 – Sep 2: 8am-8pm
Sep 3 – Sep 15: 9am-7pm
Sep 16 – Oct 14: 9am-6pm
Oct 15 – Nov 21: 9am-5pm
Nov 22 – Jan 27: 11am-9pm

The hours vary frequently all year long, so I recommend checking their site for the specific date you’re looking for.

TOURS THAT INCLUDE CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE

If you’re considering doing a tour of Vancouver, Viator has some good options.

This 7 hour tour also makes stops at Vancouver Lookout, Granville Island, Lions Gate Bridge and more!

Or wow your family with this North Vancouver tour that includes Grouse Mountain!

If you’re going during Canyon Lights, I’d suggest this tour so you won’t have to deal with parking.

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Where to Eat inside Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

CLIFF HOUSE RESTAURANT

This sit-down restaurant is open year-round and offers seasonal menus featuring fresh West Coast ingredients, seafood, local wine and more!

And during the summer, you can sit outside on the patio for an unbeatable view of Capilano Canyon!

CAPILANO COFFEE COMPANY

This is an ideal spot to grab locally roasted organic coffee and pastries in the morning. Or stop by to pick up a sandwich to eat at the Totem Pole Park.

LOGGERS’ GRILL

If you are visiting April-October (or during Canyon Lights) Loggers’ Grill is a good place to get burgers and hot dogs.

What’s cool is that they buy their meat from a local North Vancouver company that raises their animals ethically and naturally.

BRIDGE HOUSE CAFE

This cute cafe is located in the parking lot across the street from the main entrance to Capilano.

You can grab your coffee and breakfast to eat on the go or sit down before heading out.

ICE CREAM CREAMERY

If you go during the summer, your kids will be begging you to stop here for some Rocky Point ice cream!

They use locally sourced products to come up with some interesting (and delicious) flavor combinations!

DR. WOOD’S CABIN

This is an easy spot to refuel with drinks and snacks while exploring Capilano Suspension Bridge Park with kids!

Capilano Suspension Bridge at Christmas

If you’re looking for a unique Vancouver Christmas event, you need to put Canyon Lights at the top of your list!

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The lights turn Capilano Suspension Bridge Park into a winter wonderland! Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

WHEN TO GO

If you don’t mind the crowds, any time is good. If you are worried about long lines in the cold weather, avoid Boxing Day. That’s when we went and we later heard it’s their busiest day of the year!

WHAT TO BRING

It can be downright COLD in Vancouver in the Winter. Who would have thought? I recommend wearing lots of layers under the warmest coat you own.

This is the most popular coat in Canada and we saw about half the crowd wearing one. And wear a hat, scarf and gloves/mittens. We always wear these Canada Olympic mittens because they are insanely warm and oh so spirited!

CANYON LIGHTS

Seeing the Capilano Suspension Bridge lights had been on my Vancouver bucket list for years and years. That’s why it was our first stop when we drove up to Vancouver from Seattle last year for Boxing Day.

And let me tell you, it lived up to the hype.

Not only is this Vancouver bridge decked out in lights, but so is the entire park! And there’s live music, hot cocoa, yummy treats, caroling, cookie decorating, and more! We even got to take our photo in Santa’s sleigh!

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6 Things to Know for Capilano Suspension Bridge Park with Kids

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Yes, coffee is available! Photo credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

1. STROLLER PARKING

There is stroller parking at the entrance to the suspension bridge. I’d personally bring a baby carrier to carry babies and young toddlers.

2. THE BRIDGE SWINGS

Even though they ask visitors not to jump or purposely swing this bridge in Vancouver, it will happen. If your toddler isn’t a strong walker, put them in a carrier or carry them in your arms across the bridge.

Kids can get a bit scared due to all the movement.

3. HANG ONTO YOUR PHONES!

There are so many awesome photo ops everywhere, but there are many signs warning folks to hang onto their belongings and don’t try to retrieve items that have fallen.

It would be very easy to drop a phone on the bridge or any other activity here.

4. TONS OF STAIRS

Be prepared for a LOT of stairs! The Nature Tour has lots of flat stretches but there are a lot of stairs up and down. Little legs might get tired.

There are several benches near the end of the walk which make great resting spots.

5. TREETOPS ADVENTURE

The Treetops Adventure is super cool, especially for toddlers and preschoolers. There are little suspension bridges connecting the trees and it’s easy for little feet to manage them on their own.

6. EAT BEFORE CLOSING

The food stands/restaurants close before the park closes. The only one that stays open until the end is a cafe and they stop serving sandwiches much earlier than closing time.

So, if you are hoping to eat at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, don’t wait too long!

Tourism Vancouver provided admission for 2 to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for review purposes. We paid our own way when we came for Canyon Lights.

Hotels Near Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

If you are hoping to spend a lot of time at Capilano and do outdoor adventures along the Sea to Sky highway, it might make sense to stay in North Vancouver to avoid Vancouver traffic.

PINNACLE HOTEL AT THE PIER

Not only is this a beautiful waterfront hotel, but you can hop on the sea bus and be in Downtown Vancouver without dealing with traffic! What a fun adventure with kids!

This is also a pet-friendly hotel, so it’s great for your whole family!

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES

This hotel is situation with easy access to the Sea to Sky highway, making it ideal if you plan to visit Squamish or Whistler during your trip.

Plus, there’s 2 on-site restaurants!

Looking for more fun in Vancouver with Kids?

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Holiday Festivities in Vancouver, BC

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Author

Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

31 Comments

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    We all love to see places, places that have the beautiful views that will be a reason for us to be mesmerized . Travelling with our family is a goal that we need to achieve because it is a fulfillment for all of us. Places inspire us in our lives.

  2. The little boy has taken it so well. He is a born traveler.
    I can imagine what dropping a phone would be there like!!!
    Loved your pics… reminded me of my travels with my kids when they were toddlers.

  3. Elizabeth O Reply

    It looks gorgeous and a lovely experience, but totally frightening to me, I am not sure I could cross it – Great tips provided for any one looking to visit here with little ones!

  4. I visited the suspension bridge with my fiancé, and your three year old handled it far better than he did!!! 🙂

    Great post!!

  5. I must say that this bridge looks enchanting at Christmas with all those cute lights, but still…. brave you! I’m not sure I could do it, it’s so… high! ahaha

  6. Your little one definitely had a good time here! I’ve not been to Vancouver but it looks wonderful, and now there’s another attraction I need to see. Great to know there’s a free shuttle bus from downtown too.

  7. I last went to Vancouver a few years ago. Capitano was fun and beautiful but scary for someone with a strong fear of heights. But I braved it and really enjoyed the other side. Very nice pics.

  8. I’ve been to Capilano Suspension Bridge, but not with a toddler! I’m glad that Owen had fun and kept walking. It’s nice to know that the treetops are fun for a kid because I definitely enjoyed them as an adult. I didn’t use the photo op stops–your son definitely makes a cute model.

  9. Ohhh Capilano suspension bridge park is our kind of family adventure! Looks fun for everyone in the family! I know at least my 2.5 yo daughter would enjoy it a lot! It looks magical on christmas with the lights. I hope to visit it one day!

  10. This looks like such a fun place! Your son is a born adventurer, I can’t believe he was so happy to walk across the bridge – I would have been terrified! With him on the tiki figures though, they are terrifying. Has he seen Finding Nemo? The ritual part gave me nightmares!
    I’ll definitely give this park a visit if I ever go to Vancouver!

    • Oh you know what, maybe THAT’S why the tikis freaked him out! I didn’t make that connection until now. He loves that movie!

  11. This looks an absolutely amazing day trip to have when in Canada. Looks like you had a great time bringing your toddler there and exploring the suspension bridge together with him. The natural landscapes all over seem to be picturesque, and it must have been quite the experience!

  12. Must have been quite an experience in itself. While I love closing bridges, but the wobbliness, still brings a chill in my spine. I can only imagine what your toddler must have experienced, but your pictures look so amazing, bearing testimony to a time well spent.

  13. I love to walk along suspension bridge because it vibrates while walking. Walking on this Capilano suspension bridge must be beautiful as it is surrounded by nature and lots of greenery. You seem to have lots of fun with your boy. Though you were tired, but your little one is still energetic that is very good. I would love to visit in evening time as it is really looking like a wonderland with full of fairy lights.

  14. Parnashree Devi Reply

    It feels great to see you doing the adventure with your toddler. I am so excited to see him walking and not feeling tired. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is on my list too. I love suspension bridges and when it is over rain forest like this, it even much better. You have given some smart tips. Loved it completely.

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