Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

Trip Start Jun 27, 2007
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Trip End Aug 31, 2007


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Sunday, July 1, 2007

After a bit of a lazy morning, Heather and I walked to the SeaBus and took a ride over to North Vancouver. Home of Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We were really lucky, we hardly had to wait any time for all of our buses and ferries.

Capilano Suspension Bridge and the attached park is amazing, I loved it. Mum you would have flipped, the entire bridge swayed a lot! Straight from the web site "Vancouver's oldest tourist attraction, originally built in 1889, stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River." It was incredibly cool. The forrest around it was so re-chargind and amazingly beautiful. The trees! There was a large Tree House and I would have been quite happy to stay there. The air was so clean.

There is also a Tree Top Walk there which looks like an Ewok villiage. There where a lot of little suspension bridges connecting the larger trees. That was pretty cool.

I managed to get a money shot with my Energy Resourcing Australia T-Shirt. Ha! Although I look like I am suffering from jet lag still. After wondering around there and exploring all of the little places we took the bus further up the hill to the base of Grouse Mountain, where we took a gondela up the Mountain, which is 3000 feet above sea level. The coolest thing is when the gondela goes through one of the cable towers it sways heaps. The view from there as you are making your way up the mountain is incredible.

Grouse Mountain still had a little snow, but it was not very clean so we decided to stay well away from it. They have large carvings all over the landscape and we were walking to the Grizzly Bear area and we saw a stand for BeaverTails and had to stop. They are the yummies pastieries ever. I got a maple walnut one yummmmm. Then we went and saw some of the birds of prey that they have in the park. They are generlly roaming around the place and then come back to rest for the evening. Deer and squirells where wondering around and I managed to get some good shots of a brown squirel.

The park hosts two Grizzly Bears who were rehabilitiated and now live there, they can not release them into the wild as they are too used to humans now. I climed on to a large pipe structure (not 100% sure I was aloud up there but dam it gave me a great view) and started to take heaps of photos.

After Heather and I walked a very steap hike up the mountain, the flies where very annoying but we managed to make it pretty high up. The photo with me with my arms open is from quite high up.

On the way back they had a Lumberjack show which was quite fun, they split the crowd into two teams and we had our own Lumberjack to support. Ours won. It was quite a funny show.

There was a mass exit from the Mountain after that (it was around 5.30pm) and the line to get back down the Mountain was really long so Heather and I wondered around the info centre. After checking back in with the Parentals and buying this amazing native Warrior Mask we came back down, bused it back to the SeaBus, got over the sea, walked about to the Hotel and then over to the Internet Cafe. After walking over 5 hours today, this is about all I can manage at 8.30pm!

I have a very early flight tomorrow morning to Vancouver Island and my tour starts on the 2nd of July. I may not have a chance to update for a little bit.

Love Ash
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leeelizabeth
leeelizabeth on

Mmmm Beavers
Sounds like a freaking awesome day! So glad you're having fun. Hope you enjoyed your morning as we were thinking of you :D

drewzlebery
drewzlebery on

is that bridge safe
Fantastic photos ash, however I think that pic of 50 or so people on the bridge seems a lil .... unsafe? but im sure its as strong as an ox.

adawn
adawn on

Re: is that bridge safe
Believe it or not that bridge can hold 2 jumbo jet planes. There is this area where they show you the evolution of the bridge. In the 1900's they walked aross the river, at the same height on a really long log..forget that!

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