Canyon Lights at Capilano

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is back again this year with hundreds of thousands of lights transform the park into a multi-level Winter Wonderland.

In January I had family visiting from New Zealand, so we took them to the Park for a Winter Christmas visual experience. The parking lot was full so we drove a little further on and found street parking then walked back. We arrived just before dusk and by the time we had navigated the entrance lineups it was blue hour magic time.

My sister and family from New Zealand

We headed to the Cliffwalk first so that they could see the view below and also look at the Suspension Bridge over the River before it got dark. This was good as it wasn’t too crowded and we were able to go at our own pace.

The Cliffwalk

Following the path back from the Cliffwalk we saw lighted owl displays as part of the “Snowy Owl Prowl”.

An owl

It was very very cold so we had a brief stop at the Winter Pavilion to warm up before heading to the Bridge. The Pavilion had drinks and some food available for purchase and had craft activities for kids. There was a huge line up to get on the Bridge itself but it moved along reasonably well and it wasn’t too long before we were able to walk across.

Cathy and Emma on the Bridge
Crossing the Bridge

The other side of the Bridge has the TreeTops Adventure and a walking path around the pond. Treetops Adventure is a series of seven suspension bridges connecting eight massive Douglas Firs. There are viewing platforms from which you can stop and look down onto the forest floor below. This year the TreeTops Adventure is getting even more decoration and the 250 year old Douglas Firs will be the tallest Christmas Trees in the World!

The lights are spectacular throughout the Park and each area is different. My favourite part was the walk around the pond. The lights were hung at varying heights and reflected in the pond giving the whole area an incredible sense of depth and dimension. It was very beautiful and quite eerie.

With a Winter craft tent, a gingerbread cookie decorating station and a scavenger hunt, the park is very family friendly.  Parking can be difficult due to the number of visitors so allow extra time to find a park, or consider taking the free shuttle from Canada Place.

Canyon Lights runs this year from November 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018 and is open every day (except Christmas) from 4 pm to 9 pm. Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day so you could go and enjoy the park during daylight hours, then stay for the lights in the early evening. I’d recommend dressing very warmly for after the sun goes down.

And don’t forget your camera!

 

 

Heritage Christmas

It’s that time of year again. As Fall turns into Winter, the skies are grey more often than not, the temperature drops, and it rains a lot. A LOT.  I often struggle a bit in Winter, both with mood and motivation, but one thing that I do love about this season is the fantastic lighting displays that are created in and around Vancouver.

An event that I enjoy every year is the Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas. This free event has something for the whole family. There’s a variety of entertainment, a scavenger hunt for the kids, and fantastic vintage themed lighting displays.

The Main Street
Bears wearing sweaters

The Bandstand

This light display in the Bandstand is sound activated and the lights change colour which is fun when the Village gets busy and when kids notice it.


There are musicians and entertainment scheduled throughout the day and evening – here’s an Irish “choir master” leading the crowd in a sing-along at the bandstand.

There are also heritage carol singers roving through the Village.

The scavenger hunt for kids requires some looking in windows and careful observation of the displays.

9 Ladies Dancing

Father Christmas (not Santa – after all it is Heritage) is onsite as well.

There is a lot to see and do, no matter what the time of day or the weather. I really enjoy the warming heritage atmosphere, even in the snow!




This year Heritage Christmas is running from November 25, 2017 – January 5, 2018 (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Check it out. Just remember, it’s cold when the sun goes down so dress warmly and, as always, have fun.