The Cleveland Dam is the place where Capilano Lake drains out into the Capilano River and creates electric power for BC Hydro to distribute on the North Shore and elsewhere. It's a great place to visit during the rainy season, when huge torrents of water rush over the lip and down the spillway and fill the river; in the dry season, it's a large concrete structure with a trickle of water down a gulley in the middle. But the reason I've given it a rating of 5 is that it has two quite remarkable vistas -- one above, one below. The one above, Cleveland Park, is quite a wonderful park, with displays and information and walks and shady places to sit and picnic. The vista there is of the lake and the surrounding mountains, but you can walk to the middle of the dam and look down (don't do this if you suffer from vertigo) and see the water spilling away from you. The vista below is reached by walking in from the Salmon Hatchery, about 1 km below the park and dam; the hatchery itself is worth a visit (and has washrooms), but if you cross the bridge over the river there, you can walk upstream in the woods and enjoy the shade and cool breezes, and after 500 or 600 meters you break out to a viewpoint from which you can watch the water cascade over the dam. But also, once you've crossed the river from the hatchery, you can make your way down stream -- trails go all the way downhill to Burrard Inlet and the mouth of the river. This is one of the most overlooked locations in all of North Vancouver, and truly scenic and beautiful and restful. We live in North Vancouver, and go to all of these locations often.
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