Capilano Suspension Bridge…a swinging sensation not to be missed! {Giveaway}

Growing up on the North Shore of Vancouver, I was lucky to have some amazing natural attractions in my own backyard.

The mountains, lakes, beaches, trails and a couple of suspension bridges to help us see Nature’s beauty from normally unattainable angles.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of these bridges.

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Originally built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is well known, attracting visitors from around the world.

I must admit, I had never been across the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Until now.

Wowsers, what an amazing experience! Why had I waited so long to do this?

I took our two weelets out the other day to check it our for ourselves.

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When you enter the park, the Story Centre takes you back in time explaining the history of the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Strollers aren’t allowed across the bridge, so I called on my Super Mom strength to get us across, twice, while holding their hands, as the bridge swang to and fro and bounced at each step taken by the many visitors crossing the canyon as well.

The suspension bridge

Once across, we headed over to the Treetops Adventure. I followed the mites as they climbed the stairs behind a tour group. No problem. They both blazed across the bridges linking the trees and scooched between legs to get through to the next one.

Treetops Adventure

Treetops Adventure

FYI, small children move quickly and running after them on bouncy bridges is not as fun as you may think.

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When we were safely on the ground, my offspring decided to race along the path to Raptor Ridge where we briefly looked at the owl and hawk that were on display in the pens.

Then they blazed along the scenic boardwalk that rimmed the canyon as I chased the little Dude to keep him from getting too far ahead and climbing on the fences.

We crossed back over the canyon, and were treated to music coming from the Trading Post deck. We popped inside, had a browse around and made a few small purchases. They have a great assortment of maple syrup and treats, as well as some pretty nice clothing that is quintessentially Canadian.

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We were unable to venture out on the Cliffwalk as nap time was fast approaching, there was quite a lineup and the wee lad was becoming a handful. But we had a fantastic time and will definitely come back for a visit!

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a great local attraction! You’ll be pleased with the scenery and amazed at what Nature has to offer.

Be sure to pay them a visit during the Christmas Season to check out Canyon Lights. It’s a spectacular sight!

Photo credit: Vancity Buzz

Photo credit: Vancity Buzz

Hours:

January 4 – March 13
9:00am – 5:00pm

March 14 – April 25
9:00am – 6:00pm

April 26 – May 30
9:00am – 7:00pm

May 31 – September 1
8:30am – 8:00pm

September 2 – October 13
9:00am – 6:00pm

October 14 – November 29
9:00am – 5:00pm

November 29 – January 3
(Closed Christmas Day)
11:00am – 9:00pm

Rates:

Adult ………………………………………… $35.95
Senior 65+ ………………………………….. $33.95
Student 17+ with ID ………………………. $29.95
Youth 13 – 16 ………………………………. $22.95
Child 6 – 12 ………………………………… $12.00
Under 6 ……………………………………… Free

BC Residents Adult Annual Pass ………………. $35.95
(*BC Residents Annual Passes are available for all age categories as above).

The Capilano Suspension Bridge has generously provided Raincity Parent with 4 passes for admission to giveaway to one lucky reader. The giveaway runs from August 12th-19th, 2014 and is open to residents of British Columbia. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.
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Spend a day at the farm with the kids! {Giveaway} #MaplewoodFarm

Looking for things to do with the kids can be a real chore sometimes.

You want to keep them busy, entertained, burning off excess energy and generally having a good time.

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The playgrounds can get repetitive and often so busy that it’s hard to keep a watchful eye when you have more than one kidlet in tow, especially ones in the “Toddler Years”! These little guys aren’t the best listeners, nor do they understand the concept of gravity. They like to follow in the big kids steps and when it involves climbing the spider-web-like apparatus, my spidey senses start to tingle and my heart races. I’m much more comfortable when we’re in an enclosed, ground level environment.

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There is a variety of kid-friendly things to do in the Lower Mainland.

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Maplewood Farm is a quaint little farm that kids love to visit.

The residents include some ponies, horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, bunnies, goats, chickens, goats, a parrot, turkeys, and a few other small birds.

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You can purchase a bag of seed when you arrive and go feed the chickens, ducks and geese in the pond.

The resident parrot will greet you when you go say “Hello!”

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There are several tractors scattered around the farm that the kiddos can hop on and take for a spin. Our little man managed to find EVERY single one of them, and spent a good five minutes sitting on them and pushing them around, but never really pedaling them ’cause his wee leg couldn’t reach the pedals.

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Our favourite spot is visiting with the goats!

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These guys are so friendly that they insist on being pet and will probably butt you in the leg or back side to get your attention. Watch your clothes and bags as they WILL start to munch on anything.

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Little Dude kept asking for Hi-5’s from the goats and when reminded to pet them from “head to bum”, he proceeded to pet the goats bum (under the tail to my shock!).

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The resident Jersey cow, Lima gets a milking in the afternoon and the farmer shows you how to do it or you could go out back and “milk” the demo cow.

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North Vancouver-20140707-00325If you bring your own fresh veggies, you can go visit the bunnies and give them a delicious snack.

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There is so much to see and do at Maplewood Farm that your kiddos will have a lot of fun! Bring a picnic lunch and stay all day, but please don’t share it with the farm animals! They have a special diet and could get sick. The signs posted around the farm will remind you, just in case you forget.

If you have an upcoming Birthday, Maplewood Farm has several party packages available, including one that involves a pony ride!

Maplewood Farm has generously provided Raincity Parent with a 1 year Family Membership to the farm ($126 value)! This giveaway runs from July 14th-20th,  2014 and is open to residents of the Lower Mainland, BC (Vancouver and surrounding areas) only. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. 

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Start a “greener”, healthier lifestyle for your family with the #ModernFamilyExpo!

ModernFamilyExpo The ModernFamilyExpo is launching at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier in North Vancouver on Sunday, February 23, 2014, presented by Whole Foods Market. family time in nature spring summer The ModernFamilyExpo will showcase eco-friendly, healthy, active solutions for the whole family – giving families simple tools to live greener, healthier lives. The goal is to help everyday families find ways to take “just one step” in the right direction. Children are playing on green meadow The Expo features experts & exhibitors in 5 categories: Eco-Friendly Living, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, Pre & Postnatal, and Active Living.

• Features include:

  •  $10,000 in Grand Prizing (including a $5,000 New Mom & Baby Package and a $5,000 Whole Family Wellness Package)
  • 65+ exhibitor booths, including lots of healthy food & beverage sampling
  • Par-T-Perfect Kid Zone (bouncy castle, face painting, craft stations, Gymboree & Leap Therapy play area, Cinderella meet & greet, and Whole Foods Market “play with your food” station).
  • Active Living Zone (parenting & health workshops, and a pre-registered prenatal yoga class and a mom & baby boxing class with loaded swag bags)
  • UsedVancouver.com Family Lounge with change tables and comfortable breastfeeding area
  • BabyGoRound collection of second hand baby & child gear for low income families
  • Bullfrog powered event with 100% BC wind power and TravelSmart bicycle valet

• Tickets: $8 online in advance, $10 cash at the door, kids under 12 free!

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ModernFamilyExpo is giving away an “Ultimate Date Night” to 1 lucky reader, valued at $390!!!

  • One night accommodation at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (Harbourview Room)
  • Dinner for 2 in the Lobby Restaurant at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
  • $100 gift certificate for services at Avita Health & Massage Therapy Centre
  • 4 Adult Tickets to the ModernFamilyExpo

Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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