Vancouver, Canada - 2006

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All over Canada wherever bears might be, the garbage bins all have lids that lock down and are bear-proof.

I went out to the Capilano Suspension Bridge for a bunch of hours. What a great time. Great bridge and lots of walks that are suspended up in the trees.

In 1888, George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and land developer, arrived in the young city of Vancouver in Canada. He immediately became involved with many projects and as City Park Commissioner, set aside Stanley Park as a recreational area.
He bought and sold farm land in the Okanagan, founding the city of Vernon. Mackay purchased 6,000 acres of dense forest on either side of Capilano River and built a cabin on the very edge of the canyon wall. Assisted by two local natives and a team of horses, Mackay suspended a hemp rope and cedar plank bridge across the river.
Natives called it the "laughing bridge" because of the noise it made when wind blew through the canyon. The bridge, and Mackay's cabin, became a popular destination for adventurous friends, dubbed Capilano Tramps (due to the long hike up to the property!). After his death, the hemp rope bridge was replaced by a wire cable bridge in 1903.
The Capilano River is considered to be the physical boundary between West Vancouver on the west and North Vancouver on the east. For general purposes the river begins as the overflow from Cleveland Dam which was built to create a municipal water reservoir that is part of a system that services the region. The river's true source is somewhere beyond the Cleveland dam in the surrounding mountains that create this watershed.
These trees are really big buggers, I can tell you. Some of these are over 300 years old and over 250 feet tall!
Then we went up to the Salmon Fish Hatchery for a gander. The hatchery is just down from the Cleveland dam on the Capilano river.

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