A hiker peers at the Capilano River from the Cliffwalk.
For visitors strolling the trails under red cedars and Douglas firs by the pretty Capilano River or crossing the lofty Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, B.C., the sights from the sheer canyon walls could only be imagined.
Now anyone can thrill to that view on the Cliffwalk, a 700-foot-long steel-and-wood walkway just 20 inches wide that snakes along the precipice, then swings out over thin air in a graceful arc. Trees creak and sway near your feet, while ferns sprout from fractures in the 160-million-year-old granite face that soars 300 feet above the rushing river. In places thin steel cables are all that hold you up. Until recently, says John Stibbard, the bridge and walkway’s vice president of operations, “you couldn’t get that feeling of clinging to the side of a cliff unless you were a rock climber.” (604) 985-7474, capbridge.com.
Photography courtesy of Capilano Suspension Bridge
This article was first published in January 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.