Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge

I visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge

In addition to the suspension bridge, there are several high-up attractions in the park. There is the “Treetops Adventure,” a wooden walkway connecting treetops, the “Cliffwalk,” a walkway along a cliff face, and “Living Forest,” a boardwalk on the forest floor.

Cliffwalk
Cliffwalk

I personally did not feel it was worth the price of admission. The park was small and crowded. The main bridge was thronged with people. I felt its marketing materials overhyped the bridge, and the park somehow managed to make nature feel tame and sanitized. Also, the informational placards gave only rudimentary facts, such as “water evaporates,” or, “trees absorb carbon dioxide.”

The highlight of the visit was Raptors Ridge, where we could go right up to a falconer and ask about the falcon perched on his arm. He and his falcon were employed by airports to keep birds away. Birds flying near airports can cause serious damage. Even though birds are small, when an airplane runs into a bird the force can make a large dent in the aircraft. Or if a bird gets sucked into the engine, the engine can fail. Sometimes there would be cases where more than two birds of prey would be sent out at the same time. In those cases, there would be a trial test beforehand to make sure the birds got along, because sometimes one bird would dominate the other; instead of working together, one bird, usually the larger one, would attack the other. The falconer beamed with pride at his falcon as he told us how he had trained it for years.

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