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.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Cleveland Dam Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Address: Cleveland Dam, North Vancouver, BC V7R, Canada

Phone: (604) 432-6200

Official Website: Cleveland Dam

Cleveland Dam Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great views for someone who love nature. There is a hiking trail as well. Dam is looking scary from the top view, but there’s another side view point. Clam and relaxing place to enjoy the nature. Entrance is free. Inside parking is limited but streets are open for parking.
Sandakelum Wijekoon - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating This is a good trail to do in North Vancouver. Essential to bring good shoes, water, a survival kit, and something to eat. The views are great, there are washrooms on the area, lot of trees, and trails. Be prepared for the rain during winter times. Good too enjoy with family and friends. There is a parking, but also you can come on the bus!
Juan Carlos “Juan Carlos Cornejo” Cornejo Alfaro - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating Very beautiful place. Easily accessible by public transit as well. Parking was available until 5pm. Good walking trails as well, a bit muddy in the forest. Make sure to wear good shoes if you’re planning to go for a little hike.
Manu Goyal - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating Best place to come and sit for a while after a long, busy day and have some coffee or hot chocolate. I have attached the photos for reference. A must visit place for relaxing a bit.
Jimit Modi - 2 months ago

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4 Star Rating It's an easy walk from the parking lot to the dam. Constructed in 1954, and it's interesting where the name came from, you can Google it or read what it says on the plaque. You can also walk down to a lower observation area for a different view, and if you plan it right, you can be there when the gates open. It is quite spectacular! There is a lot of work going on here, but the outcome will probably be great.
A Davalovsky - 6 months ago

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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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