Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you find yourself in Vancouver this holiday season, you should definitely spend an evening at the Capilano Suspension Bridge for Canyon Lights. Back for its 10th season, Canyon Lights transforms British Columbia's temperate rainforest into a festive wonderland. Thousands of dazzling lights and decorations adorn the iconic suspension bridge, trees, walkways, and more. I guarantee you won't be able to stop oohing and ahhing as you explore this magical outdoor oasis.




Inside the park, you'll not only be greeted by an endless array of twinkling lights; you'll also find North America's largest privately owned collection of totem poles.

The name "Capilano" was originally spelled "Kia'palano". It's a First Nations name belonging to the Squamish Nation and translates to "beautiful river". As you stroll through the park, you'll learn about First Nations' culture while taking in the scenic natural world.






When December rolls around, I always try to find the best lights in the city. Last year, I fell in love with the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden, but I think it's safe to say Canyon Lights has taken the cake.  





Meander through the walkways and I promise you'll be just as enchanted as I was. Every tree was laced with strings of sparkling lights. Not a shrub was missed in the decorating process. The park is also home to the largest living Christmas tree in the world which stands at a staggering height of 153 feet.



The view at the end of the path was incredible.


The Capilano Suspension Bridge is 140 metres long. It was constructed out of hemp rope and cedar planks way back in 1889. Today, it's a lot sturdier as it's made from heavy-duty steel cable. It's already an impressive sight to take in during the day but come at night for a completely different experience. The glimmering lights make it look as if you're crossing into a whole new dimension. Come and follow me across!




The bridge is situated 70 metres above a river. As you walk across, you'll hear the soothing sound of rapids rush past you. You'll also spot waterfalls in the near distance.



Once you make it to the other end, you'll stumble upon a trout pond embellished with glowing orbs.




From there, you'll climb some stairs and emerge in the treetops. Look over the railing and enjoy a squirrel's eye view of the forest.



The viewing platforms are attached to an adjustable collar system and were made without nails or bolts. As the trees extend in height, the park loosens the collars and moves them up so the platforms can "grow" with the trees. How cool is that?


Don't forget to journey through the adrenaline pumping Cliffwalk.



The Cliffwalk runs through a granite precipice along the Capilano River. Made up of a series of maze-like bridges, cantilevered walkways, and high platforms, the cliffside adventure takes you through a jagged cliff face and introduces you to a variety of rainforest vegetation.  In some spots, you'll find that only glass is what separates you from the deep canyon below.




If you want to get into the holiday spirit, I can't think of a better place to go than Canyon Lights. Grab your friends and family, bundle up in your warmest attire, and experience the rainforest in a way you never thought possible.

Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
When: November 27 until January 3 (Closed on Christmas Day)
Hours: 11am-9pm daily
Admission: Adults: $37.95, Seniors: $34.95, Students: $30.95, Youth: $24.95, Children: $12, Kiddies: free
Admission may seem steep but you're in luck if you're a BC resident! BC residents receive a FREE annual pass when regular admission is purchased. Simply visit guest services when you're done at the park and they'll issue your annual pass right on the spot.

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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