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North Vancouver Tourism Travel - Capilano River Regional Park

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Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge

This North Shore park is on a strip of land along the Capilano River running from Grouse Mountain to the Burrard Inlet. The park is wide at the top and very narrow starting from the middle down. The river itself is tempestuous and has a deep canyon along its course. This river is also renowned for its whitewater kayaking course.

Hiking to the very top of the park is the Cleveland dam which divides the Capilano Lake from the river and regulates the water supply system for the city of Vancuver is fairly easy. Park your car at the dam and you can walk across the top of the dam for a great view in either direction. There are trail maps available at the signboard near the parking lot.

If you walk about 10 mins down the path, you will come across a salmon hatchery. This hatchery in particular releases about 2 to 3 million salmon eggs into the Capilano River and other local waters. There are also outdoor tanks on display from 8am to 8pm every summer and closes during the winter months.

From the dam, you can hike up another trail on either side of the river above the Dog's Leg pool. There are also biking trails available. Watch out for the enormous fir tree on the Giant Fir Trail. This is probably the biggest and largest tree in the park, standing at an impressive 61m and 2.4m in diameter. Botanist have pointed that the tree may be about 500 years old.

You may find yourself stumbling across the Capilano Suspension Bridge hanging above you. This bridge will challenge your thoughts on height!

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