Capilano Suspension Bridge V.S. Lynn Canyon Park
Since we are two European girls from Germany and France, doing our internship at the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver together, we like to chat and compare our experiences thus far in Vancouver. While having breakfast last week and chatting about our past weekends, we realized that the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Lynn Canyon Park were very similar; both had a suspension bridge, both are located in North Vancouver, and both are known for their beautiful BC wilderness scenery. But which was a better place to go? After going to both locations here is what we discovered.
Lynn Canyon Park is located in Lynn Valley, up on Mountain Hwy. It is a free entry hiking area inside the forest and along a river. Shades of blue, green, and grey colour the mountain spring water, and breathtaking waterfalls. There is also a suspension bridge that is free access, and fun to walk over. This area is filled with hikers, dog walkers and those that want to escape the city atmosphere. It is the perfect place to explore the true Canadian Wilderness in Vancouver, without climbing a mountain or paying for entrance.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a popular attraction. Many city buses, and tour buses from downtown Vancouver will transport you up to North Vancouver at the base of Grouse Mountain. There is an entrance fee, but the ticket price is well worth it for the experience of a life time. There are three main attractions.
- The famous suspension bridge that makes you feel like flying through the Canyon.
- The Treetop walk; walking paths that are weaved through the tree tops
- The Cliff Hangers Walk; the newest addition to the attractions. This walk is not for those with a fear of heights as it is a walking path that is built right into the side a mountain! This place allows you to experience the breath taking views of the British Columbia forests.
Both places are worth a visit: Lynn Canyon Park is a great rustic place to have a little work out while hiking and to escape the hustle and bustle of the vivid city center. While Capilano Suspension Bridge is great if you are interested in combining the walk over the bridge with learning a lot about the woods around Vancouver and the animals living there. Check them both out and let us know what you think!
~Elisabeth & Cryielle
Interns at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver