Vancouver in a Day: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Richmond Night Market

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

In one form or another, the Capilano Suspension Bridge (http://www.capbridge.com) has spanned the massive cliffs over the Capilano River since 1889. It’s one of Vancouver’s best known attractions and has drawn thrill seekers and celebrities to the North Shore for over a century.

Pristine forest? Check. Birds-eye view from an iconic West Coast landmark? Check. Complete vertigo-inducing, sweaty-faced terror? Checkmate.

Turns out I’m not over my paralyzing fear of heights. Vancouver in a Day director/videographer Steve Adams tried to get me to stop for a mid-bridge interview, but it wasn’t in the cards this time round. The new CLIFFWALK attraction was more my speed and actually really beautiful–I’ve never walked beside a cliff. The engineering behind it has to be seen to be believed.

The Richmond Night Market (http://www.summernightmarket.com), on the other hand, is everything I like in a night out. Big crowds, amazing food, great bargains and the company of a great friend like Kate.

The Richmond Night Market is held Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights and long weekend Mondays from May through October at an industrial property off Vulcan Way in Richmond. The atmosphere is very much like Hong Kong, Tai Pei or Bangkok—it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.

It’s a bit of a trek so if you’re unfamiliar with the city, the easiest way to get there is by cab. If you’re feeling adventurous or sticking to a budget, try taking the Canada Line and getting off at Bridgeport station. From there you can catch a bus or hail a cab for a much more reasonable cost.

There are countless food stands offering Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian cuisine. Our favourites were the shrimp dumplings, the hurricane potatoes, fresh juices and the freshly cut coconut.

If you’re in the mood to shop, we found that some merchants will haggle and some won’t. Others are willing to give a discount if you purchase items in quantity.

If you manage to get out to the market this summer, leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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  1. We were in Vancouver for the TBEX conference last weekend, and on the recommendation of a friend who lives there, caught the skytrain out to the Richmond Night Market. Totally worth the trip, it was one of the best markets I’ve seen and definitely feels like you are in Asia. Absolutely delicious street food!

    We hailed a cab from the casino at the Bridgeport Station, I think it was under $10. It would have been a pretty far walk and we didn’t want to hassle with sorting out the correct bus – we were too hungry with anticipation. Mahalo nui loa for the suggestion!

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