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16 Feb

Refreshed Retail at the Trading Post Gift Shop

February 16, 2021

Our Park closure this past year was unprecedented in Capilano’s 131 year history. However, it presented the opportunity to re-fresh the Trading Post Gift Shop. The building itself has been a longstanding feature in the Park almost as long as the bridge itself!

When third owner Edward Mahon (lumber baron, Founding Father of North Vancouver) purchased Capilano Suspension Bridge in 1910, he hired widow and family friend, Elizabeth Rebbeck, to move from Victoria to manage his property. He was in love with Elizabeth’s daughter, Lilette. Mahon owned a sawmill nine miles up Capilano River operated by Japanese workers. They built the Tea House at Capilano with rounded timbers stacked one on top of the other reminiscent of Japanese architecture. The Tea House was opened, and shortly after, Mahon married Lilette in 1911.  

Little changed for the Tea House until Rae Mitchell, purchased Capilano Suspension Bridge in 1953. He added in an extension to the Tea House, operating the space as a banquet hall in the winter and gift shop in the summer. 

When Rae’s daughter, Nancy Stibbard, purchased Capilano Suspension Bridge in 1983, she began her park improvements including the Trading Post with new fixtures and quality brands. Today, the newly renovated Trading Post blends history and modern retail, celebrating the important logging industry that built BC, and Elizabeth’s Tea House.

There is something for every visitor as the Trading Post now houses 6,000 square feet of outerwear, from popular clothing brands including, Herschel, North Face, Helly Hansen and Fjallraven. You will also find local, Canadian made goods and, of course, its ever popular homemade fudge.

Make sure to stop in on your visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park!


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