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03 Oct

Decorating The Park for Fall

October 3, 2012

If there is one thing I have learned from the last few years, it’s that our guests love attention to detail. So whether it is decorating for our Fall season or our Canyon Lights event, I always try to put those finishing touches on everything. In the spirit of Autumn, I thought I would share our decorating strategy with you!  This may not be fair because it’s easier to be inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Step 1: Pick a Theme

Capilano looks its best when rustically decorated. Think “outdoor cabin in the woods” and you have an idea of our goal.

Step 2: Gather your Supplies

In my own home that means collecting fall leaves and picking up some gourds from the nearest grocery store. At Capilano it means ordering 500 pumpkins, 30 bales of hay and pulling a multitude of scarecrows out of storage.

Step 3: Base Layer

For us this means hay bales and antiques! We have a large collection of sap buckets, barrels, large antique metal milk jugs and butter boxes. I start by going around the park and filling in the bare spots with a selection of antiques. Most of these can be exposed to the elements, however we try to keep the hay bales out of the rain since they are impossibly heavy to move when wet.

Step 4: Add Colour

Once the antiques and hay bales are in place it is time for pumpkins, leaves and of course… SCARECROWS! Our leaves have to endure Vancouver rain and the Maintenance Team’s leafblowers, so I stick to fabric or plastic leaves that match our natural setting and won’t be “cleaned up” every morning by our diligent staff!

That’s how Capilano gets decorated for Fall!

Personally, I think Fall is one of the best seasons to visit.   In the cooler mornings the canyon is flooded with fog and you can cross the bridge in the mist. In the evening the lamps shine on 500 cheerful pumpkins. Whenever you choose to visit, you’re sure to enjoy Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

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