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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North Vancouver, BC V7K 3B2
Mari E. Mar-17-2019
What a hidden gem spot! Everything pleasant here. My local friends suggested here to meet up after hiking chilling. There are plenty free parking and well... Read More
Tom G. Oct-28-2019
Was a bit skeptical on the way as I'm not a big fan of looking at Dams! The spill way is something to experience for sure! The sound is like thunder and... Read More
Ting A. Sep-15-2019
A beautiful spot at the outskirts of Cleveland Park! We had hiked up via the trails after a fun visit at the Capilano River Hatchery. I'd recommend going up... Read More
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|Seabus and Bus Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Expo Line / Canada Line||Waterfront 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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