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Landslide closes West Vancouver’s Capilano Pacific Trail, will cause cloudy waters in Burrard Inlet

Last Updated Jan 7, 2021 at 10:27 am PDT

Another landslide has shut down the Capilano Pacific Trail in West Vancouver. (Courtesy Twitter/West Vancouver Police)
Summary

There's been another landslide along the Capilano Pacific Trail in West Vancouver

Wednesday’s slide ‘much larger’ than previous one in 2019

Capilano Pacific Trail closed until further notice while engineers investigate

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – For the second time in just over a year a landslide has closed the popular Capilano Pacific Trail in West Vancouver, less than one month after repairs were completed.

West Vancouver District staff say they were notified around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and the trail is closed until further notice.

“The trail is very well-used, so the assumption is that the landslide happened recently. West Vancouver police attended to determine if anyone was caught up in the slide and, fortunately, no one was injured,” says the district on its website.

District staff were notified today at approximately 1 p.m. of a landslide on the Capilano Pacific Trail. The slide is…

Posted by West Van District on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Engineers and other qualified professionals, including district staff, are investigating but the cause of the slide remains unknown.

Capilano Pacific Trail begins at the dog walking area of Ambleside Park and follows the Capilano River north to Keith Road before heading east into the Capilano River Regional Park, connecting the fish hatchery, Cleveland Dam, and Capilano Lake picnic area.

In 2019, a smaller slide caused the area to be roped off but people could still pass through the damaged zone. It was closed for repairs in November 2020 and reopened Dec. 16.

“The new slide is much larger than the 2019 slide,” says the district, also warning the slide “will cause a turbidity plume (cloudy water) down the Capilano River and into Burrard Inlet.”