For fall colours on the North Shore, snow-capped mountain views and to stare at the legendary lions all afternoon, Capilano River Regional Park, featuring Capilano Lake and the Cleveland Dam, is the place to be.
Cleveland Dam, built in 1954, blocks Capilano Lake which supplies fresh drinking water to the Lower Mainland. The Dam sits atop the Capilano River Regional Park. Capilano Lake and the peaks of the Lions provide a spectacular backdrop. There are several short hikes and trails that lead to amazing views of the dam.
View an impressive spillway nearing 300 feet, holding back the 670-acre man-made Capilano Lake, which provides the wonderful, pure drinking water for much of the Greater Vancouver region. Capilano-Pacific Trail runs 5 miles (8 km) north from Ambleside Park to Capilano Lake.
Frequently photographed throughout every season, Capilano Lake is today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:
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