BC's Coastal Rain Forest

Two People Walking by Trout Pond
No trip to the west coast would be complete without an excursion into the woods, which are a darn sight different from those in the East. Do you see those little things at the bottom of the picture? Those are people. This should give you an idea of the size of the trees in British Columbia.

I took my daughter up to the Capilano Suspension Bridge for some outdoor walking. The footbridge is 450 feet in length and sits 200 feet above the Capilano River in North Vancouver. As I felt the sidewards sway taking my first few steps onto the bridge, I heard, "Oh bloody hell!" from a man with a Scottish brogue behind me. I turned to see a middle-aged man wide-eyed and looking straight down, clinging to the rope rails. His children were laughing. "Just give us a second to get used to this, will ya," he said. Even though you're only 200 feet from the ground, it seems much higher.

On the other side, there was a beautiful nature walk past a trout pond and plenty of activities for children to discover the different layers of the rain forest. The treetop tour gives the visitor a squirrel's-eye view of the forest, taking the visitor up another 100 feet into the Douglas fir trees, through a long series of suspension bridges with more spectacular views of the canyon and Capilano River. There are also some magnificent totem poles at the entrance and a historical guide to the park and area. Oddly enough, we heard a group of people singing, "Farewell to Nova Scotia" and a few other songs from the Atlantic provinces.

This trip was a welcome break from the city and a great opportunity to breathe some fresh mountain air.

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