Two guests stand surrounded by towering totem poles in Kia'palano, admiring the rich cultural heritage and artistic craftsmanship at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

History & Culture

Journey through Time

An old black and white photograph from 1913 featuring three men standing proudly on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, offering a glimpse into its rich history and legacy as a marvel of engineering and adventure

A Storied Past

It all started with a little cliffside cabin raised by Scottish civil engineer George Grant Mackay in 1888. More than 130 years later, it’s come a long way—and not only in terms of its engineering.

A family gathers around a historical panel in the Story Centre at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, eagerly reading about the rich heritage and captivating tales associated with the park's iconic landmark
The Story Centre bathed in sunlight on a peaceful morning at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, inviting visitors to explore the rich history and cultural significance of this iconic landmark

Story Centre

Trek back in time to 1889 with rare photographs, murals, artifacts and antiques chronicling the early history of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

team member totem talk at capilano suspension bridge park

History, Culture & Nature Talks

Discover the fascinating history of this special place from its very beginnings. Absorb its stories and unearth the mysteries of its unique ecosystem.

kia'palano indigenous culture at capilano suspension bridge park
The entrance sign of Kia'palano at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, framed by majestic totem poles with the morning sun peeking through, welcoming visitors to an immersive journey into Pacific Northwest culture and heritage


The Indigenous people have called this land home for millennia. Kia’palano is where you’ll learn about the connection between their culture and the natural world.

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