Capilano Suspension Bridge 125th Anniversary

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Today’s collection of photographs from the City of Vancouver Archives is in honour of the quasquicentennial of one of our region’s most recognizable and popular tourist attractions. The Capilano Suspension Bridge, almost as old as the City of Vancouver itself, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

1905: Archives# Br P59.1 & 1920s: Archives# CVA 1477-1293.

Engineer George Grant MacKay, builder of the original Capilano Suspension Bridge, came to Vancouver from Scotland in 1888 after learning about the city at the 1883 Glasgow Exposition. When he was 12 years old, August Jack Khatsahlano, namesake of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, helped MacKay build the very first Capilano Suspension Bridge. This first span was made with hemp ropes and were anchored to buried cedar logs, one of which is still visible in the park today. In 1903, Bruno Stelzer commissioned engineer Harry Burgess to draw plans for a new wire bridge to replace the rope bridge. Find more history online »

1930: Archives# CVA 260-197 by James Crookall & 1905: Archives# Br P59.2 & 1910s: Archives# CVA 1477-813.

1900s: Archives# CVA 371-460.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
1906: Archives# CVA 677-891 and 2011: Photo by Bryan Garnett-Law on Flickr

1930: Archives# CVA 1477-803 & 1917: Copyright Canada by F. Gowen. Archives# CVA 1376-101.

1910: Archives# Out P94 by Arthur C. Buswell.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
1949: VPL# 84436 Photo by Artray & my photo from 2009.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
1966: VPL# 39730 Photo by Grodon F. Sedawie & my photo from 2009.

Capilano Suspension Bridge 125th Anniversary

Throughout the next month or so, you can share your Capilano Suspension Bridge memories and stories by following and contributing to the tag #CapBridge125 on Facebook and Twitter.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, including the Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk, is currently open 8:30am until 8:00pm for the summer. BC Residents get special perks and deals on admission and you can enter to win a $20,000 dream wedding at the park as well.

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