Exploring The Cleveland Dam and Capilano Hatchery


This past weekend we decided to explore the Capilano Lake area and The Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver. The Dam was built in 1954 and it blocks Capilano Lake which supplies fresh drinking water to the Lower Mainland. The Dam sits atop the Capilano River Regional Park and the stunning spillway nearing 300 feet is truly majestic. The mountains are also the perfect backdrop for family photos.

cleveland dam

cleveland dam

We went for a nice family hike and walked from the Dam to the nearby Capitano Salmon Hatchery, a very popular spot in the area for locals and tourists. The walk is about 10-15 minutes and not stroller friendly. Admission to the Hatchery is free and there are lots of fun things to see. The boys loved the  “Fishway” in the observation gallery, we saw how salmon climbed the fish ladders by jumping from one pool to the next. So neat!


cleveland dam

cleveland dam



If you are local or coming to visit Vancouver I highly recommend you stop by the Cleveland Dam and Capitano Hatchery during your stay.

Visiting the Cleveland Dam and Capilano Hatchery in Vancouver

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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19 responses to “Exploring The Cleveland Dam and Capilano Hatchery”

  1. Stephanie LaPlante — June 20, 2016 @ 2:49 pm (#)

    What a beautiful place to be with family. I’d love to visit somewhere like that.

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen — June 20, 2016 @ 5:03 pm (#)

    I’ve always wanted to see a fish hatchery and it must have been exciting to see the salmon climbing the fish ladders. Looks like a very interesting area and well worth a visit.

  3. Debbie S. — June 20, 2016 @ 9:59 pm (#)

    This would be very interesting to see for sure. My grandson would find this very neat. Looks absolutely beautiful there too.

  4. kristen visser — June 21, 2016 @ 4:07 am (#)

    Wow! that place is absolutely beautiful! love all the waterfalls and trees surrounding. breathtaking

  5. kathy downey — June 21, 2016 @ 6:33 am (#)

    Love all the photos its beautiful,my sister lives in Vancover if she never visited this she should,will share with her.Thanks

  6. Laurie P — June 21, 2016 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    stunning views everywhere you look!

  7. AD — June 21, 2016 @ 6:56 pm (#)

    Oh wow! Great pictures! Looks like you guys had a fun day out.

  8. Darlene W — June 26, 2016 @ 5:28 pm (#)

    Stunning views and wonderful family pictures

  9. Linda Beaton — July 4, 2016 @ 11:33 pm (#)

    All the times I’ve been to Vancouver and I never knew there was a Capilano Lake area and Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver….

  10. kathy downey — July 10, 2016 @ 7:19 am (#)

    Such beautiful scenery,someday i hope to visit Vancouver.

  11. kathy downey — July 15, 2016 @ 10:38 am (#)

    Absolutely beautiful putting this on my must see list.

  12. Shirley — July 22, 2016 @ 10:57 pm (#)

    Beautiful pictures! It looks like you guys had a fun day out.

  13. Darlene W — August 19, 2016 @ 6:11 am (#)

    wow that drop off is huge, I started getting shaky just seeing that picture

  14. Donna L. — September 14, 2017 @ 11:50 pm (#)

    Beautiful scenery.

  15. loriag — October 6, 2017 @ 5:34 am (#)

    We have been to North Van but never visited this area, it is beautiful.

  16. Debbie White Beattie — November 3, 2017 @ 8:47 pm (#)

    Wow the pictures you took are stunning. What a beautiful place.

  17. Bruce L. — June 7, 2018 @ 2:45 pm (#)

    I didn’t even know this existed. It will be a great place to take my grandson when he comes this summer. Thank you.

  18. Sarah — December 10, 2018 @ 4:30 pm (#)

    This looks Ike a really beautiful place to see. I can see my son and daughter both enjoying the day there.

  19. Shirley OFlynn — April 28, 2019 @ 8:25 am (#)

    Your pictures are beautiful. What a great way to spend the day with the family.

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