The Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is world’s longest foot bridge with a height of 230 ft. and a span of 450 ft. built across the Capilano Canyon of North Vancouever is indeed a man made wonder amidst wonders of nature in this city. But once I stepped onto the swaying planks of the wobbly bridge I had second thoughts on continuing my journey as my pulse started racing. Involuntarily my hand reached the cool steel cable for support and I felt confident of making it to the other end. Halfway through the bridge I saw people clustered in places and clicking away their digitals( I couldn’t manage to do so as balancing myself was itself a problem). It was a photo spot and the view was simply marvellous —clear water rushing far below, streams cascading down the canyon walls and gravity defying trees clinging to vertical rock. After a little climb over the gently sloping bridge to its far side we stepped into a forest of cedar( The First Nation’s people of British Columbia coast have called the cedar “tree of life”), Douglas fir and hemlock, the giant trees that began their climb toward the sky before Europeans set foot on North America. Another adventure awaited us when we followed the winding paths and elevated timber frame boardwalks( which again reminded us of a similar experience in Cairns) which took us high above the forest floor for a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal rain forest. This 650 foot long rainforest canopy walk is made up of a series of cable bridges suspended between platforms that reach as high as 12 stories (manmade wonders) and take you from the forest floor to the upper branches and from deep in the forest to the edge of the canyon and back again. It is totally unique and breathtakingly close encounter with the very heart of the forest !
n.meera raghavendra rao