All trail routes described here are not necessarily ready for usage.
Existence of TCT signage usually indicates the official declaration of useable trail:
Caution is required using these trails as they are being upgraded. Expect detours where there is trail construction in progress..
General description of the Trail
In Capilano Regional Park the trail generally follows the Capilano River Canyon in a typical coastal forest. Then the trail travels along sidewalks and passes near the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a major tourist attraction. Another side trip from the Cleveland Dam would be to follow Nancy Greenway to the Grouse Mountain SkyRide. From here, walkers could continue on the Baden Powell Trail and rejoin the Trans Canada Trail by following the Mosquito Creek Trail to Queens Road. Note that in the upper reaches of Mosquito Creek the trail is a poorly defined.
Edgemont Village offers a charming village atmosphere. The Mosquito Creek Trail is a natural trail with adjacent spawning channels enhancing the fisheries potential of the creek. The Mission Reserve off Forbes Road includes St. Paul's Church, a heritage site. The Elders Garden next to the church is also a unique attraction. There are informative interpretive signs in Waterfront Park, providing insights into the Harbour activities and their history. The Market at Lonsdale Quay is full of activity and charm. Next door to the market there is an interesting small museum that offers tourist information. On the SeaBus travelers are rewarded with an inexpensive "cruise" across the Harbour and views of the Vancouver and North Vancouver skylines, port activities, the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park.
Do look for the unique Native Theme Trans Canada Trail Pavilion in Waterfront Park, a definite photo opportunity.
Capilano Regional Park Trail Click here for a description and map of the park
From the Cleveland Dam the walking route is on the east side down to the Fish Hatchery after crossing the the bridge to the west side.
The Pedestrian Trail in Capilano Regional Park (West to East)
From the fish hatchery follow the Coho Loop and Chinook Trails crossing Capilano Park Road follow a trail northward to Eldon Road. Follow Eldon Road to Capilano Road and cross it at the pedestrian crosswalk.
The Cycling Trail in Capilano Regional Park (West to East)
Follow the Capilano Park Road to where the Chinook Trail crosses the road and follow the trail northward to Eldon Road and proceed to Capilano Road.
The Pedestrian/Cycling Trail from Eldon Road (West to East)
Follow Capilano Road south to Edgemont Blvd. Follow Edgemont Blvd. through Edgemont Village and turn east on Queens Road to Mosquito Creek at William Griffin Park Recreation Centre. Just before entering Edgemont Blvd down Capilano Road is the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge (admission charge).
Mosquito Creek and Waterfront Trail
Follow the west trail of Mosquito Creek to 16th St. Cross 16th at the traffic light. From here, the Trail works its way to the east side of the creek and follows it to Marine Drive. (New route not signed go to Google Earth Map yellow route from Mosquito Creek to Mackay Creek and rejoin the former marked trail on 2nd St. off Bewicke) Again cross at the nearest traffic light and work your way to the east side of the creek and follow it to Bewicke Ave. Follow Bewicke north to 2nd and ending on 3rd Street. Follow 3rd Street east to Forbes. Follow Forbes, cross Esplanade (do take a short trip West onto the Mission Reserve to see the heritage site, St Paul's Church), go over the tracks and follow the foreshore into Waterfront Park. Continue east to Lonsdale Quay Public Market and the SeaBus Terminal. The SeaBus departs every 15-20 minutes and passengers pay regular bus fare.
Note from Bewick one can take the overpass to Fell Avenue and then follow First Avenue east to the Royal Hudson BC Rail Station where popular excursions to Squamish and Whistler can be made by train. For great views is to take the Fell Avenue Overpass towards the water. On the shoreline there is a new seawall called Kings Mill Wall - enjoy and relax.
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