Cleveland Dam – Capilano Canyon


Cleveland Dam – Capilano Canyon

Cleveland Dam was built in 1954 and blocks Capilano Lake, which supplies fresh drinking water to the Lower Mainland. The Dam is positioned at the top of the Capilano River Regional Park. There are numerous trails that lead to stunning views of the Dam, as well as the backdrop of Capilano Lake and the Lions.

The Dam creates an impressive 300 feet spillway, which holds back the 670 acre man-made Capilano Lake, which provides the fresh drinking water to the Greater Vancouver region. The Capilano-Pacific Trail runs 5 miles (8km) north from Ambleside Park to Capilano Lake.


How to get to Capilano Canyon

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 30 minutes

Access to the Capilano Canyon can be gained from several locations, however for the purpose of this description, the trail begins at Cleveland Dam.

From Downtown

Drive westbound along Georgia Street and continue along the Stanley Park causeway and across the Lions Gate Bridge. Right after crossing the bridge, take the right-hand turn off to North Vancouver and immediately change lanes into one of the furthest left two lanes. At the first set of lights, the left two lanes turn onto Capilano Road. Following Capilano Road as it continues northbound, passing the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Salmon Hatchery on your left. A few minutes later, watch for Cleveland Dam signs and pull into the parking lot on the left.

From Highway #1

Take the Trans Canada Highway (Highway #1) westbound across the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge (Second Narrows Bridge) to North Vancouver and take the Capilano Road Exit. Turn right onto Capilano Road and after 10 minutes of driving, watch for Cleveland Dam signs and pull into the parking lot on the left.

Transit Access to Capilano Canyon

Capilano Canyon can be accessed by public transit to Cleveland Dam. From downtown Vancouver, take the Seabus across to North Vancouver. At the Lonsdale Quay exchange, take bus #236 to Cleveland Dam.


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