Watch out Rockefeller Center – Vancouver’s taking over the Christmas tree crown.
At 46.4 metres, a Douglas fir in North Vancouver is being hailed as the world’s tallest living Christmas tree. Located at Capilano Suspension Bridge, the 250-year-old tree has been decorated with more than 10,000 bulbs, which will be lit for the opening of the annual Canyon Lights display, Nov. 30.
Officials at Capilano Suspension Bridge say they’ve scoured the Internet and can find no records of a taller living Christmas tree. For comparison, the famous tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center (which is, of course, cut and not living) usually measures from 21 metres-30 metres. Last year’s Rockefeller tree was 25 metres – just a sapling compared to Vancouver’s new giant.
It took five people more than 50 total hours to decorate the tree, which stands in the middle of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. They had to use two hydraulic lifts, one that was 26 metres tall and another that was 41 metres tall. Special rock climbing gear had to be employed in order to hang the lights all the way around the enormous tree.
The tree will become the new centrepiece of the Canyon Lights display at Capilano Suspension Bridge. As in past years, thousands of bulbs will be hung across the iconic 140-metre span, which dangles more than 70 metres above the Capilano River in North Vancouver. In addition, lights are strung throughout the park’s rainforest canopy walk – a series of hanging bridges and platforms suspended in an old growth forest – and along the Cliffwalk attraction, a partly glass-bottomed pathway that juts out over the canyon.
The Canyon Lights display opens Nov. 30 and runs to Jan. 4. It also features seasonal family fun including carolling with a holiday band, glass blowing workshops, gingerbread decorating and a kid’s scavenger hunt.
Admission is $31.95 for adults, with discounted rates for seniors, students and kids. Family passes (two adults and two children) are $65.
Anyone been to Canyon Lights before? How was it?
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