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New Seymour Canyon suspension bridge in North Vancouver to open this fall

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Kenneth Chan Oct 11, 2018 4:17 pm 161

A new suspension bridge spanning the Seymour River Canyon for hikers and cyclists as part of the trail system in the North Shore mountains is set to open soon.

Greg Valou with Metro Vancouver Regional District told Daily Hive the new suspension bridge is set to open in late-November. It will connect Twin Bridge Trail on the west side of the river and Fisherman’s Trail on the east side.

It is located 100 metres upstream of the old Twin Bridge, which was dismantled after it was permanently flooded in 2014 from a nearby rockslide into the river that raised water levels across much of the river system.

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Condition of the now-demolished Twin Bridge in the Seymour River immediately after the December 2014 rockslide. (Metro Vancouver Regional District)

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Artistic rendering of the Seymour Canyon River Suspension Bridge. (Metro Vancouver Regional District)

When this project reaches completion, it will mean suspension bridge experiences will be available for all three of the major rivers in the North Shore, including Capilano River (Capilano Suspension Bridge) and Lynn River (Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge).

The new river crossing is 2.5-metres wide and has a construction budget of just over $2 million.

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Artistic rendering of the Seymour Canyon River Suspension Bridge. (Metro Vancouver Regional District)

There will also be a replacement of the staircase along Baden-Powell Trail near the north end of Riverside Drive and trail connection improvements.

Valou says another bridge, a single-lane bridge structure for Regional District maintenance crews and emergency services to use, at Canyon Creek will open in early-November.

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Artistic rendering of the Canyon Creek bridge for maintenance vehicles. (Metro Vancouver Regional District)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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