Death-defying suspension bridge over a raging waterfall

On the last day of our Remembrance Day Vancouver Island road trip we visited Elk Falls Provincial Park near Campbell River on the east coast of the island. Elk Falls itself is beautiful although at 75 ft. not particularly tall.

The real attraction is the metal suspension bridge completed in 2015. I admit, “death-defying” is a bit of an exaggeration—it's not quite Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom—but I look at any suspension bridge with a healthy dose of skepticism. I have a mild fear of heights, and being suspended on a swaying contraption over a gaping maw that looks like instant death does make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up a bit.

Fortunately, there were very few people on the bridge, which kept the swaying to a minimum (I bet there's a lot more bridge action on a busy day in the summer). In addition, the structure looks sturdy and competently built, which gave me a reassuring sense of safety.

This is looking south, away from the waterfall:

The fog added an element of mystery:

Looking north, this is the view of Elk Falls:

A few minutes before I took this photo, a young woman posed by lying flat on her stomach on top of the rocks above the waterfall, the upper third of her body jutting out into thin air. I wish I'd gotten a picture of that.

Undoubtedly, the best view is from the air because you can see the suspension bridge and the falls at the same time. We didn't get to experience that, but here's a photo by Bruce Holland from a website called Visitor in Victoria:

© Bruce Holland,


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  1. What fabulous photos, Gerhard! I'm glad you steeled yourself and ventured across.

  2. I'd have to think about , but I'd probably give it a go. Love those moody photos !

  3. Beautiful. Suspension bridges are a bit dicey but what a view

  4. Beautiful and suspension bridges are fun!


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