Admittedly, this is a trip I took last year but never wrote about because I went to my Korean trip shortly afterwards but I found these picture in my computer …
Transit: Capilano Regional Park can be easily accessed via public transit. From the Waterfront Station, visitors can take the 236 heading to Grouse Mountain. By car, it is on highway BC-99 N and then turn on Capilano Rd.
The Capilano Regional park is quite big and it encompasses the salmon hatchery (free admission) and the Cleveland Dam. There are also many walking trails and great scenery. What is missing are places to eat, so we ate at the cafe first before heading up the mountain.
On the way, we went to Basho Cafe, a small cafe in East Vancouver serving delicious matcha tea and yummy pastries. It is a bit pricy but it is always busy. I happened to met another friend here, she came all the way from Coquitlam to try this place out. Addy: 2007 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
On the way to the Capilano Regional Park again! It was raining a bit in the morning and we weren’t sure how it was going to affect the trails but we went anyways.
Perhaps the weather was a bit wet that day, but there were lots of parking spaces. The air was quite cool as well. The first stop was the Salmon Hatchery, it is located on the Capilano River and admission is completely free. I remember there was a bus full of American tourists that day.
The center is a self-guided and there is information about the lifespan of the salmon from birth to its release down the river and its difficult climb upstream to their place of birth.
There are also some juvenile salmon on display. We went around summer so we missed the Chinook Salmon’s spectacular return upstream. Apparently, one can see fish jumping against the stream and many die as they make contact with rocks or (in the wild, captured by pray). This happens around October.
The salmon hatchery was created in 1971 because the fish declined after the construction of the Cleveland Dam. (source).
We started the Capilano River Loop, a nice hiking trail around the river. The trail is connected to a longer trail that goes all the way to Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. We were just going to stay around the area and up towards the Cleveland Dam,
The trail varies, some are nice and flat as well as neatly paved while others are more muddy and on sloped. Good shoes and lots of water is a must.
There is a lot of trails – here is a map: http://www.trailpeak.com/content/trails/Canada/BC/5374/narrow_map-of-capilano-river-trails-6103.jpg
The Cleveland Dam was build in 1954 and helps provide 40% of the fresh water supply in the lower mainland (source).
Feeling dizzy …
Return to the parking lot ..
Capilano River Park half day excursion ends!