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“One location, two vistas”
Review of Cleveland Dam

Cleveland Dam
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North Vancouver, Canada
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106 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“One location, two vistas”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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North Vancouver
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“Well worth stopping”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

The lake behind the dam is one source of metro Vancouver's drinking water. Before the dam was built in the '50s the area was extensively logged, complete with a logging railroad and flumes to carry the logs down to the harbor. Today you have an unmatched full-on view of The Lions (or as the local first nations call them "The Sisters") rising at the other end of the lake and an unobstructed view of the little cable cars running up and down Grouse Mountain to the east. You can follow the trail downhill along the river all the way to the mouth of the Capilano River behind Park Royal.

Visited July 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great Walking Trails Through Forest, Pretty Edgemont Village Nearby”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

At the foot of Grouse Mountain, with the dam holding back a pretty lake backed by mountains- glorious view. No development on lake since it is a water reservoir. Great walking trails all around. You can even walk all the way down to the ocean at Park Royal then continue along the Sea Walk that extends along through West Vancouver. 45 minutes to walk down, 1 hour or 1 hour 15 minutes to walk back since it will be uphill on the return. Edgemont Village is 3 minutes away which is really pretty- no Gap or big chain stores, but two blocks with grocery store, sandwich places, library, coffee shops, clothes stores, 32 Books (one of the few independent bookstores left in Vancouver), Tartooful (local artwork and crafts), sushi. Lots of benches to sit. 3183 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver on a GPS will get you there. A 2 minute drive or five minute walk past the Village will bring you to Eldon Park with pretty trails through the woods and a duck pond. Across the street from Cleveland Dam is Capilano Heights Chinese Restaurant which has been there for more than 40 years- very good food.

Visited August 2013
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Better than the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

Less people, gorgeous views, awesome photo opportunities, and a nice spot to enjoy a picnic or walk. Being able to walk out over the dam is really neat, and the lake reflecting the mountains is simply stunning.

A must-visit place if you're up in this area.

Visited April 2013
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Everett, Washington
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Often overlooked”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

An interesting spot and it great to be able to walk out onto the dam itself. It is an easy walk with a nice park. Great for picnics.

Visited April 2013
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