So midway through our trip, just before we were going to get on the ferry to the Sunshine Coast, we decided to take a short stop and take in one of the biggest tourist attractions on the coast. We stopped at the suspension bridge. Now, I’m not much for heights, so I wasn’t impressed with this turn of events, but everyone else was excited, and it was something I hadn’t seen before, so the adventure began!
The bridge itself is 140 meters long, and is 70 meters above the river. The view is breathtaking, but I felt anxiety starting to rise as we waited in line. My wife, my daughter, and my son however, were all excited and looking forward to crossing.
Soon our time to cross was at hand. My wife and daughter went first, and I followed holding my three-year old son’s hand. I had a death grip with one hand on the cable, and another on his hand. Everytime the bridge swayed I thought I was going to have a heart attack, and it took all my willpower to not swear at everyone walking “wrong” and making the bridge move. After what seemed like forever we got to the other side.
Once we got there it was beautiful. The park is set in a rainforest, and was lush and green, despite the massive drought that B.C. is facing. There is also an adventure park set on the far side of the gorge, and we checked it out as well. It’s basically a few more raised platforms with smaller suspension bridges connecting them. Kind of like an Ewok village. My kids of course loved it. I was again a nervous wreck.
Then, it was once again time to cross the main bridge. I think it was actually worse for me the second time. My family? They loved it! When we got back to our starting point my wife and daughter went and checked out some of the other park features, while my son and I checked out some of the totem poles that graced the park.
We then headed back to the car for a bite to eat and hit the road. The overall experience was good. My family liked it a lot more than I did, but there is no arguing that the park and gorge are absolutely beautiful. If you’re in the area, check it out, it is worth it. This coming from a guy terrified of heights. They also give you a certificate of accomplishment to show that you made it!