Last week, we skipped out of the office and across to the North Shore to Capilano Suspension Bridge to celebrate the park’s 125th anniversary. It was a patio party like none other we’ve been to… and that’s saying a lot! We were welcomed at the front gates and instructed to meander our way past outdoor historical displays, carvings, Aboriginal works, and past their signature suspension bridge – constructed in 1889.
It wasn’t long before we found the bash in full swing, perched overlooking the rushing Capilano River below and with a bird’s-eye view of their Cliffwalk attraction. Live music (courtesy of a pretty cute looking band) had VIPs, hotel concierges, and invited media in high spirits; or maybe that was partly due to the fact that the park and bridge are actually situated about 140 meters above the river. Regardless, it was abuzz.
We made our way around the Canyon Lookout, stopping at the various food stations set up under the foliage featuring mouthwatering samples from their catering menu (Capilano hosts non-stop weddings throughout the summer and over the course of the year). Everything from oysters to mini burgers, savoury mac and cheese to antipasto, sandwiches, flatbread pizza and a fully stocked table laden with sweets were available. We couldn’t help thinking it had been wise to skip lunch.
Wines, craft beer, and other summer drinks were available (and guests needed them in order to cool off given the bright sunshine overhead). We found ourselves holding court at a prime people-watching spot when the anniversary cake came out and the Stibbard family (owners of The Capilano Group of Companies) appeared to thank guests for their continued patronage and support.
They also used the opportunity to announce a very special contest launched just in time for bridal season: a Dream Wedding Contest.
Starting immediately, one lucky couple will have the chance to create their own once-in-a-lifetime wedding from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The $20,000 prize includes a wedding ceremony at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, reception at the Stanley Park Pavilion, and four-night honeymoon at the CGC’s two stunning lodges located in the Canadian Rockies – Moraine Lake Lodge and Cathederal Mountain Lodge, respectively.
As one of Vancouver’s oldest attractions, it’s definitely a must-see for any visitor or local alike. Featuring its signature 70-meter-long bridge, Treetop Adventure (breathtaking network of seven viewing platforms and bridges located deep in the old growth forest), and Cliffwalk, there’s something for everyone.
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