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02 May

Did You Know?

May 2, 2016

  • The first suspension bridge was built 127 years ago by George Grant Mackay in 1889 with hemp rope and cedar planks. Don’t worry, we’ve updated it since then!
  • In 1903 a visit to the bridge cost only 10 cents.
  • The Tea House (now the Trading Post) was built in 1911 using cedar timbers stacked one on top of another… That’s enough wood to build 8 Tea Houses!
  • In 1953 Rae Mitchell purchased the bridge and rebuilt it in 5 days using prestressed wire cables.
  • Our current owner, Nancy Stibbard spent her summers working at the Suspension Bridge selling ice cream as a little girl.
  • The suspension bridge can hold 97 elephants. That’s 203 moose, or 4520 beavers.
  • If we loaded the bridge end to end with people stacked 7 layers high, we still wouldn’t be at our max weight capacity!
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge is Vancouver’s oldest paid visitor attraction.
  • In the windstorm of 2006, a 300 year old, 46 ton Douglas fir tree fell directly onto the bridge at 100km/h. The bridge itself was still intact but the park had to be shut down for 3 months to clean up the debris. What’s leftover is now known as our “Biggest Guest Yet”.
  • There are 9 different types of trees in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park! We have 2014 Douglas fir, 157 Western Red Cedar, and 144 Western Hemlock.

Curious to find out more? Join us on one of our History or Nature tours of the park, complimentary when you visit! We’ve just launched our spring hours and are open from 9am to 7pm daily.

 

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