If you aren't a nature enthusiast, long treks through the forest can get boring, fast. Plus, it feels like you can't see the coolest things unless you're willing to put in a 12-hour hike and camp overnight. There's a former gold rush trail in B.C. that will take you over a giant suspension bridge and it's so easy to do that even indoor cats will love it.
Roughly two hours from Vancouver, you'll find Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park in the Fraser Canyon. As the name of the park suggests, the main feature here is the bridge that crosses the Fraser River.
Back in 1865, the newly-built structure was referred to as the "eighth wonder of the world" and contributed to the 1860s gold rush.
Not much remains of the original bridge, but if you look carefully, you can still see the old stone base, which is still used today.
But it is the current structure, built in 1926, that will take your breath away.
Crossing it, you can see straight down as you walk across the hexagonal metal path. If you are afraid of heights, this might sound terrifying, but it isn't as scary as you might think.
This quick and easy hiking trail is perfect if you hate spending time outdoors.
Best of all, getting there couldn't be simpler. The path itself is flat and has a gradual decline as it slowly winds down from the parking lot toward the water. It will be impossible to get lost as follow the well-maintained road.
Then you can enjoy taking some spectacular photos of the architecture, and of course the river too.
It will take roughly the same amount of time you spend for a coffee break to complete the 1.8-kilometre adventure.
On your way out to the bridge, you can take a pit stop in Abbotsford and check out some of the hidden gems there that the locals love.
Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park
Address: Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park, Yale, BC
Why You Need To Go: If you're tired of the same old trails, then you can mix it up with a trip to this unique, historic suspension bridge.
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