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Capilano River Regional Park

  • Capilano Rd. Map It
  • North Vancouver
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Updated 05/04/2012

Fodor's Review

The park has hiking trails and footbridges over the Capilano River, where it cuts through a dramatic gorge. At the park's Capilano Salmon Hatchery (4500 Capilano Park Rd., 604/666–1790), viewing areas and exhibits illustrate the life cycle of the salmon. The best time to see the salmon run is between July and November. The Cleveland Dam (Capilano Rd., about 1½ km [1 mile] past main park entrance) is at the north end of the park. Built in

1954 and named for Dr. E. A. Cleveland, a former chief commissioner of the Greater Vancouver Water District, it dams the Capilano River to create the 5½-km-long (3½-mile-long) Capilano Reservoir. A hundred yards from the parking lot, you can walk across the top of the dam to enjoy striking views of the reservoir and mountains behind it. The two sharp peaks to the west are the Lions, for which the Lions Gate Bridge is named.

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Capilano Rd., North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Park daily 8–dusk. Hatchery June–Aug., daily 8–8; May and Sept., daily 8–7; Apr. and Oct., daily 8–4:45; Nov.–Mar., daily 8–4

Updated 05/04/2012


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