There are plenty of things to see and experience in the outdoors around Vancouver but one of the unique attractions along the trails in the region is crossing a suspension bridge. Most suspension bridges in the area are built above raging rivers, some above deep canyons, making the crossing of these bridges a spectacular viewpoint.
By definition, a suspension bridge is one where the weight on the deck of the bridge hangs below and is supported by vertical cables attached to larger cables that run horizontally above. The larger cables are then anchored at the ends of the bridge to support the structure. These suspension bridges can be accessed either through land or through the water. Most luxury dinner yachts in Vancouver provide a day trip to any or all of the suspension bridges under the guidance of an expert.
While the Lions Gate Bridge is the most popular example of a suspension bridge, below are enlisted the suspension bridges near Vancouver and the southwestern BC region. Here’s an alphabetical list of the suspension bridges in the area:
BUNTZEN LAKE SUSPENSION BRIDGE – Located at the north end of Buntzen Lake, the suspension bridge connects the trail along the west side of the lake with the east side. The bridge is located just beyond the north beach area and spans a channel of water between Buntzen Lake and McCombe Lake. Hikers doing the loop around Buntzen Lake or the Diez Vistas Trail will cross this bridge.
CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE – The most famous suspension bridge to walk across is Capilano Suspension Bridge which spans over the spectacular Capilano River below. In addition to the suspension bridge, there are other attractions to explore, such as the Cliff Walk overlooking the canyon and the Treetops Adventure, a series of suspension bridges connected to landings on Douglas Fir trees. The Capilano Suspension Bridge does have an admission fee but it gives visitors a great experience on what the Pacific Northwest rainforests are like without requiring hiking gear or having to venture deep into the backcountry.
GIN AND TONIC SUSPENSION BRIDGE – The Gin & Tonic Suspension Bridge is located along the trail to Rainbow Lake in Whistler. Not to be confused with the first larger cable bridge on the trail, it’s the second bridge that crosses Gin & Tonic Creek. A sign attached to the bridge reads “Decking on the Gin & Tonic Suspension Bridge will be removed for the winter season”, so you’ll have to experience this suspension bridge during the summer months.
LYNN CANYON SUSPENSION BRIDGE – The suspension bridge across Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver is an impressive sight as you cross high above the Lynn Creek below. Located next to the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, the bridge connects hiking trails on both sides of the creek, including the popular Twin Falls loop. The bridge is also part of the Baden Powell Trail, a long trail that crosses the entire North Shore.
SKY PILOT SUSPENSION BRIDGE – Located at the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola in Squamish, the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge is about 100-meters long. This bridge is the best to take in the spectacular views of Howe Sound and the tower Sky Pilot Mountain. This suspension bridge is one of the few that doesn’t cross a river and was built to connect the lodge to a separate viewing platform. Hikers can access the suspension bridge by hiking up the steep Sea To Summit Trail and then taking the Gondola back down for $10. If you’re less inclined to do this challenging hike, you can take the Gondola to the top.
TRAIN WRECK SUSPENSION BRIDGE – The bridge across the Cheakamus River next to the Whistler Train Wreck site was built in 2016 to make it easier for hikers to access a piece of Whistler’s history. The bridge has been beautifully designed, with a metal wheel shape on each side resembling an old train wheel. It’s an easy walk to the Train Wreck site and crossing the rugged Cheakmus River gives you an added bonus by offering the mesmerizing views of the rushing river below.
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