Giant Fir Trail

North Vancouver, British Columbia

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This rugged 160-ha (400-acre) park extends for several miles along the Capilano River canyon. The area was logged around the turn of the century, but the second-growth forest is well established, with a handful of old-growth trees still standing. At the northern end of the park, the Cleveland dam, built in 1954 to provide water for Greater Vancouver, controls the flow of the river. The upper spawning beds having been flooded by the dam, fish swimming upstream are now diverted by a weir to the hatchery, and from May to December can be seen through a glass wall as they make their way up the fish ladder. Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout are reared at the hatchery, where displays explain their life cycle. Highlights: Forest and canyon; Cleveland dam, fish hatchery; giant Douglas firs, Pacific yews, nurse logs; wildflowers; woodpeckers. Terrain: Mostly flat, one short climb. Forest trails and service road.

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"This rugged 160-ha (400-acre) park extends for several miles along the Capilano River canyon. The area was logged around the turn of the century, but the second-growth forest is well established, with a handful of old-growth trees still standing. At the northern end of the park, the Cleveland dam, built in 1954 to provide water for Greater Vancouver, controls the flow of the river.

The upper spawning beds having been flooded by the dam, fish swimming upstream are now diverted by a weir to the hatchery, and from May to December can be seen through a glass wall as they make their way up the fish ladder. Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout are reared at the hatchery, where displays explain their life cycle. Highlights: Forest and canyon; Cleveland dam, fish hatchery; giant Douglas firs, Pacific yews, nurse logs; wildflowers; woodpeckers. Terrain: Mostly flat, one short climb. Forest trails and service road."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: North Vancouver
Distance: 0.75
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Capilano River Regional Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Giant Fir Trail

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May 2018