The trail, located just west of the Capilano Bridge on the southside of the river, will be renewed and reopened in 2022.

Project Update - October 2022

Construction is in progress with most of the work expected to be done in December 2022. The project team will be exploring options for opening the trail during the winter months at that point. 

The trail will be closed again in the spring of 2023 for approximately one month so trail paving and naturalization work can be completed. 

Please check back here and watch City social media channels for updates. 

Upcoming construction work includes: 

  • Installation of concrete piles
  • Installation of concrete pile retaining walls complete with timber lagging
  • Renewal of the asphalt trail in the affected areas
  • Site restoration through native tree and shrub plantings
Tree Removals

Tree removals were completed in January. Tree removals were necessary to facilitate construction access required for the scope of work. A robust restoration plan has been developed and will be implemented once the stabilization work is complete.

Native plant species including aspen, poplar, white spruce, saskatoon, dogwood, hazelnut, willow, wild rose and snowberry will be planted in quantities suitable for restoring the disturbed areas. The restoration plan will enhance and improve the existing ravine ecosystem.

Project Overview

The Capilano Bridge Trail (southwest) project focuses on an approximately 100m stretch of paved asphalt trail running along the North Saskatchewan River that is located approximately 250m west of the Capilano Bridge on the south side of the river (see  map ).

As a result of a landslide that occurred in the area, the trail has been significantly damaged.  The trail is severely cracked and uneven, either raised or sunk, in a number of locations. The landslide was likely triggered by periods of heavy and prolonged rainfall in summer 2020. Timber retaining walls that were installed in the 70s were also damaged and must be replaced.

The trail was closed to the public in July 2020 due to safety concerns.

The goal of this project is to reopen the trail to the public, providing safe access to this area of the river valley. The exact solution will be determined through a combination of City policies and procedures, technical requirements and public input.