By Catherine Dunwoody
Visitors to Vancouver’s North Shore and locals alike enjoy spending time in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park; breathing in all that pine-scented fresh mountain air while you explore one of British Columbia’s oldest rainforests just can’t be beat. But fresh air also makes us hungry.
Cliff House Restaurant is situated so that after you wobble bravely over the suspension bridge with its jaw dropping views, scramble on the Treetops Adventure and conquer Cliffwalk, a lovely sit-down restaurant with canyon views awaits for the whole family to enjoy.
Inspired by the first park owner’s original cabin in 1889, the restaurant’s décor has a Pacific Northwest look that is part old-timey and part modern chic. 150 seats both indoors and on the patio allow for visiting when the sun is shining brightly and when coastal rains roll in to quench the lush greenery.
The menu is all about local. There are BC wines on tap and craft beer options like Blood Orange Wheat Ale from nearby Bridge Brewing. Get a taste of the coast with a seasonally rotating menu – current features to try are a seafood chowder featuring local shellfish, ale battered fish and chips (both Ocean Wise) or a mushroom ravioli.
It’s not just the parks bridges, bird demonstrations and activities that’ll please the little ones – there’s a kid’s menu as well full of smaller items for smaller stomachs and choosier palates.