Canyon Lights Returns to Capilano Suspension Bridge

Photo Credit: Capilano Suspension Bridge

Now, there are lots of great light displays in Vancouver this year, Bright Nights in Stanley Park, Festival of Lights in VanDusen Garden, even the floating Carol Ships Parade of Lights.  But no display combines beautiful illumination with terrifying heights quite like Canyon Lights out at the Capilano Supension Bridge in North Vancouver, running from Dec. 2-Jan. 1.

The bridge itself is 136 metres (446 feet) long and is suspended 70 metres (230 feet) above the rushing Capilano River.  Every year some 800,000 people from around the world work up the courage to dart across the swaying, rocking span. And, believe me, it’s no easy task – especially if you have any fear of heights.

For the holidays, the great minds at Capilano had the brilliant idea of decorating the enormous bridge with thousands and thousands of tiny, multi-colored lights.  And on a dark night, with a little bit of snow on the enormous hemlocks and cedars that grow along the canyon, it’s a glorious sight to behold.

You grab the cable railing on the bridge and tiptoe your way out into the abyss over the canyon, guided only by the colourful glow from the Christmas lights.  With the snow and the mountains and the cold, you may as well be on your way to Santa’s workshop.

But of course the bridge isn’t the only thing decorated.  Once you get to the other side of the canyon, you’ll discover that a big section of Pacific old growth rainforest has also been done up for the season (See how many glowing reindeer you can find hiding out there).  The new Cliffwalk – a narrow pathway with a partially glass floor suspended over the Canyon – is lit up, too.

Plus, there’s a host of family-themed activities: from gingerbread-decorating workshops to glass-ornament-blowing demonstrations (take home your own glass icicle) and old-time holiday music.

Canyon Lights runs from Dec. 2-Jan. 1, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. nightly (except Christmas).  It’s $25 for adults and $5 for kids 6-16 (which is actually a deep discount over normal admission rates).

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4 Responses to Canyon Lights Returns to Capilano Suspension Bridge

  1. I can only say. . .woooowww :).

    • Yeah – The lights are pretty impressive, especially if it’s snowing outside.

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