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Capilano River Regional Park

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

Published 03/10/2015

Fodor's Review

This small but spectacular park is where you'll find old-growth Douglas fir trees approaching 61 meters (200 feet). There are 26 km (16 miles) of hiking trails and footbridges over the Capilano River, which 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. The park is off Capilano Road in North Vancouver, near Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Sight Information

Address:

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 8–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 8–4

Published 03/10/2015

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