Halloween and Harvest Fun at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge

For most people, Capilano Suspension Bridge is scary enough already.  The 137-meter-long bridge swings a lofty 70 meters above the Capilano River.  As you cross it, the bridge starts to sway violently from side to side.   Only a pair of steel cables and chain-link fencing keep you from plunging right over the side.   Even though it’s safe as can be – and strong enough to support the weight of a fully-loaded jet airliner – the bridge feels downright rickety.

Now, imagine a dose of Halloween horror on top of all this.   For Halloween weekend, Oct. 30 and 31, Capilano will be showing off its spooky side.  A massive display of carved and lit Jack-o-lanterns will be set up throughout the park.  And fortune tellers will be brought in to predict your future (like whether you’ll make it to the other side of the bridge or not).

For the kids, there’s more fun.  Booths will offer temporary tattoos and crafts, and there will be trick-or-treating for anyone who shows up in costume.

Not scary enough for you?  In addition to the spooky suspension bridge, Capilano also offers a spine-tingling Treetops Adventure.  A series of elevated pathways have been hung high in the park’s old growth cedars and hemlocks.   Wooden bridges – some more than 30 meters in the air – connect the tree trunks, giving visitors a bird’s eye view of the forest.  Just don’t look down!

And, if all that daredevil stuff isn’t for you,  consider checking out Capilano over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Oct. 9-11.  An old-fashioned harvest festival will be taking place, with musical entertainment, crafts and fun activities for the whole family.  There’s also a special Rainforest Explorers program – a scavenger hunt where kids collect information about the plants and animals in Capilano’s swath of Pacific rainforest and also learn about the importance of conserving British Columbia’s wild lands.

Anyone been to the Capilano Suspension Bridge lately?  Did you make it across?  Please share comments below.

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