ABOUT CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE PARK
The Capilano Group of Companies (CGC) includes retail, hospitality and tourism based businesses anchored by Vancouver’s iconic attraction, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (CSBP). CGC’s portfolio includes two accommodation properties in the Canadian Rockies, three retail gift shops and six food and beverage facilities in BC and Alberta.
Native Vancouverite Nancy Stibbard purchased CSBP in 1983 and has spearheaded the attraction’s development and phenomenal success over the past 30 years. Nancy’s commitment to exceeding guest expectations and her vision to ‘create experiences people are amazed by’ guide every aspect of her businesses.
Nancy’s initial success came from retail, reworking the merchandise mix at Capilano Trading Post to include more Canadian-made products and upscale brands. She opened new stores in BC and Alberta, then purchased and rebuilt two luxury accommodation properties in the Canadian Rockies – Moraine Lake Lodge (1991) and Cathedral Mountain Lodge (2002). In 2014, Nancy added Stanley Park Pavilion and Prospect Point Cafe and Gift Shop to the CGC portfolio. The Prospect Point property will be renovated in a way that enhances its function and its history, while the Pavilion will be restored to its former glory.
CGC is founded on the values of Safety, Show and Stewardship. Guest and team member Safety is paramount and factors into all decision making. Nancy’s belief in a seamless guest experience, the Show, is accomplished by commitment to theme, attention to detail and extensive team training. Stewardship is demonstrated with environmental management plans, community relations activities and involvement in the tourism industry.
Nancy is recognized as a person whose business acumen and ability to work to consensus generates results – the reason why she has served in an executive capacity on every significant tourism organization in BC and Canada. In September 2007, she was inducted into Canada’s Tourism Hall of Fame.
Nancy’s son, John, has worked in nearly every department at Capilano, the stores and the lodges. As VP of Operations John project managed the building of CSBP’s award winning attractions, Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk. Looking to the future, he is well equipped to continue Nancy’s legacy and ensure CGC’s growth and success.
In this section
Moraine Lake Lodge
Nancy purchased Moraine Lake Lodge in 1991 and invited celebrated Canadian architect, Arthur Erickson to create a new timber and glass retreat on the shores of the stunning turquoise waters of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. Moraine Lake is a popular day-trip destination included on every itinerary to the Lake Louise area. There are 33 rooms in the spectacular lodge and cabins; each one nestled amidst towering evergreens with unique views of the mountains or lake.
Cathedral Mountain Lodge
CGC purchased Cathedral Mountain Lodge in 2001 and immediately set about building additional log cabins and renovating the existing cabins to CGC standards. Beautifully situated in a dense forest on the edge of the Kicking Horse River, Mount Stephen and Cathedral Mountain loom above Cathedral Mountain Lodge and its cabins. A brand new lodge, reflecting the majesty of its surroundings, opened in 2006. In the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Yoho National Park, Cathedral Mountain Lodge is abundant in its offerings of outdoor activities, scenic vistas and first class comfort.
Visit website: www.cathedralmountainlodge.com
Trading Post Gift Shop
The success of the Trading Post Gift Shop at CSBP has led to opening Moraine Lake Trading at Moraine Lake Lodge. Both beautiful stores are located in key visitor locations. Each offers a unique collection of souvenirs, handcrafted Canadian gifts and jewelry, brand-name clothing and outerwear and original First Nations art.
Stanley Park Pavilion
Nestled amidst the famous Stanley Park Rose Gardens, The Stanley Park Pavilion is Vancouver’s preeminent wedding and banqueting venue. From its modest beginning as a concession stand in 1911, the Stanley Park Pavilion is the oldest property still standing in Stanley Park today.
Prospect Point in Stanley Park
Boasting the most spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains, Lions Gate Bridge and Burrard Inlet, Prospect Point lookout in Stanley Park is a Vancouver tradition and a must visit landmark destination for all.