Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2010

Comments 135 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Capilano Suspension is once again presenting Canyon Lights as thousands of bulbs illuminate the lush forest of the Capilano Canyon.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Photo credit: Razvan Marescu on Flickr

If you’ve never been to the suspension bridge (or even if you have) this is a great time to make the crossing. Everything glows and sparkles as the bridge, plaza, and evergreens glisten in the moonlight. You can enjoy warm treats outdoors, historical winter costumes, the Christmas Band, and the works of glassblower Malcolm Macfadyen who will teach guests how to make glass icicle ornaments. Canyon Lights features over 250,000 twinkling lights throughout the park.

Canyon Lights is now open daily until January 2, 2011 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm (closed December 25th). Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children with family passes available for $35. All proceeds benefit the BC Professional Firefighters’ Association Burn Fund.

To get to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, located at 3735 Capilano Road, you can take the Capilano Road Exit from Highway 1 and head north. By bus, hop the 236 Grouse Mountain or 247 Upper Capilano.

This week I have three family prize packs to give away that each include:
Tickets for two adults and two children to attend Canyon Lights
A glass ball ornament made by Malcolm McFadyen who does glassblowing on-site
A $100 gift card to the Trading Post Gift Shop to stock up on souvenirs or presents

Here’s how you can enter to win one of these three prize packs:

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    I will draw three winners on Thursday, December 9th, 2010.

    Update The winners are Belinda, Jeff, and @monnibo.

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    1. Brittany RiddellMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:17am PST

      Christmas-Light-Looking with Hot Chocolate is my favourite holiday pass-time! 🙂

    2. Derek K. MillerMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:18am PST

      Favourite Vancouver Christmastime activity? The lights at the Trinity Street festival in East Van, especially because my aunt and uncle’s house (where I also lived till I was two) is one of the houses on the street, and it’s where we have Christmas dinner every year.

    3. Michael SMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:25am PST

      I love going and cutting down a Christmas tree. The smell of a fresh cut tree from a tree farm is like nothing else.

    4. Monica (aka monnibo)Monday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:29am PST

      I love going to the Van Dusen Festival of Lights at this time of year. Awesome event. I’ve never been to Capilano’s Canyon Lights and would love to go!

    5. Tracey FlattesMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:30am PST

      We love seeing all the businesses Downtown decorated for the holidays. The Fairmont is particularly beautiful this year! A great free family activity!

    6. Chantal CoschizzaMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:37am PST

      Going Christmas shopping, Grabbing a hot chocolate, Skating at Robson, then wrapping it up with a snowball fight.

    7. LizMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:38am PST

      Gathering my entire family to search for the perfect Christmas tree. Love the smell of a fresh tree in the house!!

    8. alMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:39am PST

      putting up lights

    9. ben tholckeMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:46am PST

      We love driving around and finding the most amazing home christmas light displays!!

    10. JennMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:46am PST

      Just went to the Vancouver Christmas Market on the weekend and I have to say that it’s my new favorite Christmas activity!

    11. MichelleMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:51am PST

      Hot chocolate, the love of my life and my kids + the lights at Cap = great times!

    12. JeremyMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:04am PST

      Stanley Park Christmas Train!

    13. lindawwwwMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:12am PST

      I love going to all the great craft shows throughout the city.

    14. IanMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:14am PST

      Going up to Whiotler to enjoy the awesome atmosphere! Great lightings…fireplaces everywhere…awesome!

    15. SandraMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:32am PST

      My favourite Xmas time activity is helping out the families that we sponsor through our work programs.

    16. RachelMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:35am PST

      Secret Santa parties!

    17. RubyMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:43am PST

      luv doing the annual christmas light display drive around town. hot cocoa with marshmallows for the ride makes checking out the amazing displays complete.

    18. KatherineMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:45am PST

      Finding little pockets of houses that have great light displays… it is like a special gift… Thank you to all who decorate their homes and businesses

    19. RaiaMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:45am PST

      Walking around downtown, and looking at all the beautiful lights and decorations, especially the lights of hope at St. Paul’s.

    20. A.J.Monday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:51am PST

      The christmas train in stanley park is a must do christmas tradition!

    21. CarlosMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:55am PST

      Christmas awesomeness is all around! Yay!

    22. KatieMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 11:03am PST

      I love Peak of Vancouver at Grouse Mountain

    23. LisaMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 11:19am PST

      I love walking by the lights at St. pauls hospital!

    24. lisaMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 11:42am PST

      my favourite activity is checking out all the cool christmas lights and displays around the neighbourhoods

    25. CurtisMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 12:46pm PST

      I like the Christmas train at Stanley Park 🙂

    26. LoriMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 12:47pm PST

      I love checking out the fun at Granville Island.

    27. ShawnMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 12:52pm PST

      I love going to see the lights at Stanley Park. Be great to check out this event as well.

    28. rinoMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:13pm PST

      My favourite holiday activity is taking my kids skatingat a rink that is decorated in a winter scene.

    29. taniaMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:14pm PST

      Going to see christmas light displays in Shaughnessy.

    30. HayleyMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:18pm PST

      Driving around and looking at everyone’s pretty Christmas lights ^_^

    31. Elli DavisMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:19pm PST

      Every year I can’t wait for christmas lights and displays and once they are set I just keep driving and walking around the city. discovering new all the new decorations and stuff. I can somehow feel the Christmas spirit in the air 🙂

    32. SevieMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:20pm PST

      My favorite Christmas-time activity is the gingerbread lane in the lobby of the Hyatt hotel

    33. MeghanMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:28pm PST

      We always love to go check out the Christmas Trees at the Four Season’s and the gingerbread houses at the Hyatt!

    34. CeciMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:29pm PST

      I think driving around Vancouver looking at Christmas lights that buildings and houses have out!!

    35. CathyMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:31pm PST

      We love driving around looking at Christmas lights listening to Christmas music and sipping peppermint mochas 🙂

    36. David DarlingMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:32pm PST

      We love the Stanley Park Christmas train! Would love to check out Canyon lights!

    37. Candice CMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:53pm PST

      I’ve never been…. and i’ve found that ever since i moved back from the UK this fall… all I want to do is grasp and take-in everything Vancouver has to offer me! Will definately go this year, one way or another!

    38. RobMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 1:53pm PST

      Christmas day walks down by Fraser river are a family tradition!

    39. Amy W.Monday, December 6th, 2010 — 2:09pm PST

      Favourite christmas activity? Ugly xmas sweater parties!

    40. stephanieMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 2:24pm PST

      Our family always goes to the Santa breakfast. We also spend the afternoon looking for our christmas tree and cutting it down at the farm. Some great memories. Thanks

    41. SharonMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 3:17pm PST

      The bright lights Christmas train in Stanley Park!

    42. shannonMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 3:36pm PST

      love sitting near the fire and watching Christmas movies.

    43. Sharon P.Monday, December 6th, 2010 — 3:36pm PST

      I also love the Bright Lights Christmas train in Stanley Park, my fellow Sharon!

    44. mariaMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 4:03pm PST

      The train at Stanley Park

    45. PhyllisMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 4:12pm PST

      Having a big Christmas dinner with family/friends!

    46. ParkerMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 4:29pm PST

      I’ve lived in Van for 6 years, but this will be my first Christmas here. So what I’m looking forward to the most is not travelling and being crazy tired from delayed flights on Christmas morning!!

    47. MeghanMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 4:53pm PST

      I love checking out the lights and local festivals everywhere including the trees in Dundarave, West Van!

    48. VeronicaMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 5:39pm PST

      We always head out to get our Christmas tree at a tree farm in Mission. Packing up the kids and trekking through the mud is always fun!

    49. Abi B.Monday, December 6th, 2010 — 5:53pm PST

      Checking out the Woodward’s Christmas windows at various locations downtown.

    50. kelseyMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 7:44pm PST

      I like going on the stanley park christmas train, and driving around looking at houses with lots of christmas lights!

    51. DuncanMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 8:39pm PST

      My favourite Christmas activity is sitting in a hot pool (think Harrison Hot Springs) watching the snow fall.

    52. NikiMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 8:42pm PST

      Last year me and my boyfriend went on the stanley park xmas train.
      I like staying here in Vancouver during xmas time. I’d rather travel during summer.

    53. ChristineMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:05pm PST

      Taking my son to Stanley park Christmas Train and spending time with family!

    54. yvonneMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:06pm PST

      Stanley Park bright lights – super pretty!

    55. Steph :)Monday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:13pm PST

      I like seeing illuminated snowmen!

    56. Michael KwanMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:15pm PST

      Family dinners, for sure. It’s not about the commercialism. It’s about spending quality time with those you love.

    57. BelindaMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 9:35pm PST

      Love to browse the gingerbread houses in the hotel lobbies of downtown during Xmas.

    58. MimiMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:05pm PST

      Pictionary!!! That is our family tradition.

    59. SarahMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 10:39pm PST

      boxing day shopping with my brothers and sisters. We haven’t been in one place for several years, and I miss it. Another love: the Stanley Park bright nights train. i love the crisp cold air, a hot chocolate, and wandering through the displays while waiting for our train! Gives you that warm, cozy feeling! I haven’t been to the Bridge in years, I bet it would be stunning all done up in lights!

    60. TracyMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 11:13pm PST

      Spending time with friends and family!

    61. JanetMonday, December 6th, 2010 — 11:54pm PST

      I like to ride the Christmas train at Stanley Park and hopefully visit Canyon Lights!

    62. Ashley WTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 1:12am PST

      My favorite thing to do would be looking at all the Christmas lights and trees put up everywhere enjoying the Christmas spirit that shows up this time of year with the with children and partner.

    63. ScottTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:14am PST

      I’ve never been to the Capilano bridge. This would be awesome!

    64. li lianTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:18am PST

      my fav xmas activity would be the xmas breakfast. going over to my family’s house and opening presents and eating breakfast =)

      i tweeted here:

    65. DilaraTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:51am PST

      Decorating our tree with Love Actually playing in the background (it’s become a tradition for us), shopping downtown, skating at Robson Square, Bright Lights at Stanley Park… too many to pick just one favorite!

    66. sabinaTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 9:05am PST

      Putting up the lights and decorating the tree are my favorite moments of winter holidays.

    67. GladysTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 10:45am PST

      One of my favourite things to do during Christmas time in Vancouver is to check out the bright lights at Stanley Park. And now that the Robson Square ice rink is back, I’m sure that will become a favourite too!

    68. PaulinaTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 10:50am PST

      I heart Christmas!!

    69. JennTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 10:50am PST

      would love to check this place out!

    70. AlanTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 11:23am PST

      Warm nights in front of the fire with my wife.

    71. MeganTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 11:37am PST

      The van dusen lights, and watching christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate with my boyfriend:)

    72. KarenTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 11:48am PST

      Best part of Christmas is listening to the carols at Christmas Eve church service. By then everything is bought, wrapped, cooked etc. It’s time to sit and remember what Christmas is all about.

    73. tracyTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 11:50am PST

      bright lights @ Stanley Park

    74. ShannonTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 12:01pm PST

      I love going to Whistler, Granville Island and Canyon Lights. It always gets me all ready for Christmas 🙂

    75. Brian WheatleyTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 12:14pm PST

      My favorite activity is family piggy back rides!

    76. taraTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 12:33pm PST

      Putting up christmas lights, getting a real christmas tree and spending time with family are my favorite christmas things to do

    77. KelliTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 12:51pm PST

      Being from Saskatchewan, my favourite Christmas activity in Vancouver involves anything outdoors. To say I golfed or walked on the beach on Christmas is almost un-Canadian.

    78. AbigailTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 1:31pm PST

      I like walking around the neighborhood looking at the Christmas lights. Makes me SMILE 😀

    79. LilyTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 1:55pm PST

      Planning and seeing family and friends at our annual Christmas party

    80. MichelleTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:00pm PST

      Christmas Eve Sledding on Seymour Mountain are some of the best times of my childhood. Sharing these experiences with my children makes it even more special.

    81. AmyTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:03pm PST

      My favorite Christmas activity is walking our dog along the seawall (in the snow if we have some) while enjoying the Christmas lights and some yummy hot chocolate!

    82. MarinaTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:13pm PST

      Looks like a lot of fun. My favourite activity is watching Christmas movies with my family, while enjoying yummy snacks and hot chocolate, all under the lights of the Christmas tree!

    83. DevanTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:27pm PST

      My favourite activities are looking at the stars outside St. Paul’s Hospital and visiting the old Woodward’s displays.

    84. AnnTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:29pm PST

      Taking the kids to ride the Christmas train at Bright Nights in Stanley Park

    85. SitaTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:42pm PST

      I love getting together with family and my nieces and nephews and watching xmas movies.

    86. RichieTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:42pm PST

      I enjoy the Stanley Park Christmas Train

    87. AmyTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 2:50pm PST

      Would love to go for my birthday (middle of December!!)

    88. KathyTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 3:35pm PST

      Winter Wonderland skating at the Minoru rink.

    89. CristinaTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 3:47pm PST

      We just moved to Vancouver from Sydney, Australia last year. We usually spend Christmas at the beach since it’s Summer over there, but last year for our first Christmas in Vancouver we took the kids to Bright Nights at Stanley Park. Would love to go to Canyon Lights this year. We haven’t been to Capilano Suspension bridge yet and what better way to see it than with it all lit up with thousands of twinkling lights..that would be AWESOME!!!

    90. SarahTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 4:18pm PST

      Definitely the Canyon Lights!

    91. SunnyTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 4:32pm PST

      I’m looking forward to enjoying the Robson Square ice skating rink!

    92. Joni GilmourTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 5:51pm PST

      I love visiting our grandparents and looking at the Lion’s Gate Bridge and Grouse Mtn at night. This year, we want to see the Suspension Bridge (never been!!), the Aquarium, and Stanley Park. 🙂

    93. Christine McDonaldTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 7:12pm PST

      A couple of favourite things are: The Gingerbread Lane in the Hyatt Hotel, Canyon Lights, Peak of Christmas on Grouse mountain and being with family and friends around a nice fire

    94. JeffTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 8:38pm PST

      Every year, except this year, my wife and I attend the Vinyl Cafe Christmas Show. Thats a highlight, but even better then that. My sons birthday is Dec 13, he’s 4 this year. In an effort to keep the two event separated we don’t get our Christmas Tree until after his birthday party, usually the night of.

    95. ErinTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 8:38pm PST

      Being from Australia I actually really like the simple things like it being dark enough early enough to see the lights (although short days still aren’t great) and nuts roasting on Robson street as I never grew up with that.

    96. SiobhanTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 8:59pm PST

      My favourite Christmas tradition in is visiting Santa with my kids, always so magical.

    97. tinaTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 9:57pm PST

      i love making arts and crafts decorations during xmas time

    98. MayTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 10:13pm PST

      Driving around Vancouver and checking out the various houses beautifully strewn with Christmas lights!

    99. FraserTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 10:14pm PST

      Bright Nights in Stanley Park & chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

    100. MaryTuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 10:24pm PST

      Van Dusen Garden for me and going snowboarding

    101. RazvanWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 12:43am PST

      Thanks for using my photo 🙂
      Looking forward to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge again this year and take my sister which is visiting us from Europe.

    102. BJWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 2:47am PST

      My brother is traveling back from Asia for the holidays – this would be a great way to re-introduce him to the West Coast!

    103. AnneWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 6:08am PST

      My fave is getting a hot drink and walking the sea wall to the tree decorated with lights at the foot of Bidwell St.

    104. lucWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 9:19am PST

      Mulled wine at the Christmas Market!

    105. RyanWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 9:40am PST

      Favourite Christmastime activity has to be Christmas dinner. It’s nice to have the whole family together and of course, the food!

    106. EmmaWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 9:44am PST

      Decorating the Christmas tree!

    107. AdamWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 11:20am PST

      I think decorating the tree is by far the best activity for the holidays. You bring out all of the handmade decorations from childhood and have lots of family fun!

    108. NicoleWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 11:39am PST

      ice skating in robson square!!!

    109. Toby SullivanWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 11:42am PST

      Hopefully I’ll have a change to go check this out on Saturday night. It looks like an excellent holiday experience.

    110. IzWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 1:20pm PST

      Time with family and friends and hopefully we’ll be spending it this year in Capilano bridge!

    111. Karen GWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 2:12pm PST

      I have always loved the heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum. It’s simplicity and old fashioned decor bring me some peace during the hectic season.

    112. TedWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 3:44pm PST

      With echoes of the days when people could actually skate there, the one or two times each winter that Lost Lagoon freezes over.

    113. JeanieWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 5:52pm PST

      I do like simply drinking hot chocolate at Blenz or Starbucks and watching people shop…

    114. DanielleWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 6:15pm PST

      I would love to take the in-laws there over the holidays!

    115. KanWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 7:30pm PST

      I love Christmas sales.

    116. XingWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 7:40pm PST

      I love putting up the Christmas tree!

    117. EnnieWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 9:30pm PST

      My favourite Christmas-time activity in Vancouver is singing Christmas carols.

    118. GenWednesday, December 8th, 2010 — 10:27pm PST

      My favourite Christmas activity/tradition in Vancouver, is the Stanley park train and the lights in the VanDusen gardens. Gorgeous!

    119. LindaThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 8:33am PST

      We’re new to Christmas in Vancouver so we’re trying all sorts of things to make some our favorites.

    120. KatelinThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 11:04am PST

      I love family gatherings and getting to eat a great meal with the ones i love

    121. AretaThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 11:11am PST

      I love skating during the holidays.

    122. MeganThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 11:15am PST

      I love just going downtown and shopping and seeing all the decorations and happy people around.

    123. May CThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 11:15am PST

      My favourite activity was to drive around the city looking for houses that showcase Christmas lights in their yards. I’ve only been to Cap Suspension Bridge in the day time, so I would love to go at night when the lights are shining!

    124. KathyThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 11:58am PST

      I love Bright Nights in Stanley Park. When I was young, the Christmas window displays at Woodward’s were magical. I love the holiday season because the atmosphere is so full of warmth and joy.

    125. AlvThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 1:09pm PST

      Skating at the new Robson rink.

    126. StefThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 1:33pm PST

      Seeing the neighborhoods light up with Christmas lights & decorations and driving around with the kids to check out the displays.

    127. TessaThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 2:05pm PST

      my favourite christmas time activity is checking out the local light displays with my kids.

    128. Katherine CThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 2:05pm PST

      Sipping on Eggnog and strolling along all the decorated streets just enjoying the buzz!

    129. HanaThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 2:08pm PST

      My favorite Christmas time activity is giving back to those who need it more. Creating a gift basket for a family who needs a little TLC at Christmas or volunteering to help make the holidays a little easier for Vancouver’s less fortunate. I love knowing that I helped make a difference in someone’s holidays.

    130. JamieThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 2:08pm PST

      Definitely the Christmas lights at Van Dusen!

    131. JasonThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 3:40pm PST

      Stanley Park train is by far the best for anyone.

    132. AndrewThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 4:18pm PST

      Last year I had a wonderful time at Goh’s Nutcracker – it was truly memorable. Something I am looking forward to this year as well.

    133. DicksonThursday, December 9th, 2010 — 8:52pm PST

      Hope it’s not too late 😉
      My fav is to just watch the snow fall down… if we ever get a white christmas 😀

    134. LoriFriday, December 10th, 2010 — 3:15pm PST

      favourite activity is Christmas Craft Fairs – I like the one at the Shadbolt and also St. Thomas Moore School.

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