Erik’s Famous Capilano Tour Part Three: Trekking Through The ‘Twilight’ Forest

Usually when you think of Grandpas, they are maybe in their 70s or 80s. But in the world of trees, Grandpa Capilano is more like 800 years old and has existed since the days before Christopher Columbus first stepped foot on the shores of the New World.

This huge Douglas Fir is one of many old trees in the Capilano River Regional Park in North Vancouver – the location where major films such as Twilight were shot, along with popular television series like The X-Files.

Grandpa Capilano

As a fan of both the Twilight films and The X-Files, my face lit up when I discovered this was the place that they were made. Prior to the trip, I had no idea.

All of my senses were activated. My eyes were transfixed by the numerous tones of green – from emerald to lime – and the different shapes and textures of the ancient trees and mossy undergrowth.

A Canadian science fiction show called Primeval was being filmed whilst we were there. There were a few signs attached to trees warning that shooting was taking place in the vicinity.

Then all of a sudden we were wandering through the area where they have the catering section for the cast.

None of the cast members were around. In fact, it seemed to be a ghost set. A quick glimpse into the catering tent revealed a few plates of sandwiches and cake that looked like it had already been dug into.

Then we spotted this cheery guy who, it turned out, was the ‘smoke machine man’. And there was also somebody with a stop sign, making sure no vehicles accessed the site. He must be so bored, I thought.

Aside from this brush with the world of showbiz (well, sort of) the main duration of the trek felt like we were in the wilderness.

Tour guide Erik told us how the area was inhabited by animals such as black bears, coyotes and cougars.

He assured the group that the bears would not come anywhere near us, explaining how they avoid humans and an attack usually only occurs when a bear is unable to detect a scent due to strong winds, and there is an unexpected encounter.

“There has never been a bear attack on a group of more than six,” explained Erik, saying he was glad there were 27 members in the group.

“But if we ran into a cougar, then we would have a problem,” he added.

Cougars are strong and powerful big cats, native to the Americas. Attacks on humans are extremely rare and, like the bears, they tend to avoid humans.

But, still, they were out there…

After walking for what felt like hours, we were finally approaching a road that would take us in the direction of the final stop on the tour – the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Emerging from the forest, there was a unique house ahead of us, high up in the trees. I thought it looked like a tree house at first, but a closer inspection revealed it was on top of pillars. The home itself was made of glass.

This amazing house is occupied. I can only imagine the spectacular views from up there…

Would you like to live in a house like this? Have you ever visited this forest?


  1. May 17, 2012 / 04:31

    What fantatsic pictures of this amazing forest. I have given you the Beautiful Blogger award because your pictures are always so beautiful and I want more people to see them.

    • May 17, 2012 / 23:48

      Awww thank you Darlene for picking me for this award. I’m looking forward to meeting you on Saturday :-)

  2. May 17, 2012 / 10:27

    Beautiful, can’t wait to visit! Also glad to find a fellow Twilight geek in the travelsphere ;-)

    • May 17, 2012 / 23:51

      Hi Maddie, that’s great you’re a fellow Twilight fan! You’d love this tour. I kept seeing parts of the forest that reminded me of the films. Funnily enough, you actually save money doing this tour than you would if you made your way to Capilano yourself, plus you get all of the extras and a great guide :-)

    • May 17, 2012 / 23:54

      Thanks Lucy, it was a huge tour with lots of walking. But it was so much fun and informative as well. Erik the guide is a Vancouverite and knows lots of tidbits, which made it more fascinating. You must be getting excited for your trip now, Vancouver is more lovely than I could have imagined. You’ll love it here :-)