Cleveland Dam

Peering over the edge of Cleveland Dam is an awe-inspiring sight

Breathtaking look over the edge of Cleveland Dam
Breathtaking look over the edge of Cleveland Dam photo by Arnold C

Cleveland dam is located at the south end of Capilano Lake at the head of Capilano River Regional Park. Unlike most dams in BC that were built to produce hydroelectric power, Cleveland Dam was built in 1954 to hold back the water in Capilano Lake, the source of 40 percent of Metro Vancouver's fresh drinking water. The lake collects snow melt and rainwater runoff from the surrounding mountains and holding back this water through the dry summer months provides Vancouver with a year round source of fresh water.

The twin mountain peaks called the 'Lions' provide a beautiful backdrop to the lake and dam.

There are numerous short trails nearby that lead to various viewpoints of the dam as well as to the Capilano Fish Hatchery. It is quite breathtaking to look over the edge of the dam during the wet season and see and hear the incredible power of the water overflowing with a thunderous roar into the Capilano River below.

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Fee: No

Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings

Address: Dam Rd
North Vancouver, BC V7K 3B2


Yelp Rating:
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5 Star Rating One of my favourite parks on the North Shore. A perfect place for a walk through the trails, view Cleveland Dam or take in the stunning view of the 'Lions'.... Read More

Melanie E. Jun-06-2023

4 Star Rating Pretty scenic spot with hikes available around. Stop on your way back from Grouse Mountain and then carry on to Capilano Bridge. Read More

Somya S. May-31-2023

4 Star Rating Great area for hiking and best of all, it's free! There are a lot of different trails with varying levels of difficulty. The paths are paved and there are... Read More

Sandy M. Sep-12-2022

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SeaBus and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo Line / Canada LineWaterfront Station

How to get to Cleveland Dam by SeaBus and Bus

From Waterfront Station take the SeaBus over to Lonsdale Quay. After exiting the SeaBus walk to Bay 8 at the bus loop and catch the #236 Grouse Mountain bus and take it to Prospect Avenue on Nancy Greene Way. This route takes you close to three other attractions so, if you are planning to visit them, you may wish do so on the same day. They are Lonsdale Quay Public Market, Capilano Supsension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

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