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One of Vancouver's top draws is Capilano Suspension Bridge, a 136 metre long, 70 metre high pedestrian bridge strung over the Capilano River. We were keen to experience crossing it, but less keen about the price - $32.95 each - which we felt was a bit steep (ho ho). We were on the cusp of going anyway when we chanced upon a reference in our guidebook to another pedestrian suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon Park that cost our very favourite price - $0 - so we headed to the tourist information office to find out more.

The girl there was very helpful but said, basically, that we shouldn't go. 'It's not maintained,' she said, 'so it can be dangerous'. We decided to hop on the first bus to take a look for ourselves, but with her words ringing in our ears we were a little perturbed to see a bunch of fresh flowers tied to the end of the bridge. However there were plenty of people making their way across so we went for it.



The bridge does not quite match Capilano's impressive dimensions, being only 48 metres long and 50 metres off the ground, but as we made our way across it bounced and swayed enough to justify our guidebook's claim that it's scarier. From the middle we got a great view down.


The park is much less commercialised than Capilano and on the other side of the bridge a trail leads to the Twin Falls.


With nearly $70 saved we decided to splash out a bit on dinner and headed to the Templeton, a 1930s diner we'd noticed yesterday.


The interior was chrome and vinyl and each table had a mini-jukebox that connected to the main box in the corner.


Best of all, they served the tastiest burgers either of us can remember eating. Money well spent!

Posted by shoestring 21:31 Archived in Canada Tagged park canyon bridge falls canada vancouver british columbia diner lynn suspension capilano templeton jukebox

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Blimey,that bridge looked very precarious. You should have bounced up and down a bit more,being evil,to see the others flail about,although you may have ended up feeling sea sick. The falls looked nice,you chose a good alternative to a very pricey bridge. A well deserved treat in a retro burger joint,all you needed was someone serving manky coffee. You look well both of you.XX

by nessie noodles

Just checked and we went on the same suspension bridge all those years ago. As you can imagine, we wouldn't have paid that extortionate amount either. Once again - that's my boy!

by Popsy

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