Cleveland Dam

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Cleveland Dam
A spillway of the Cleveland Dam following significant rainfall
LocationNorth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Construction began1951
Opening date1954
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsCapilano River
Height (foundation)91 metres (299 ft)

The Cleveland Dam is a 91 m high[1] concrete dam at the head of the Capilano River in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that holds back Capilano Lake, also known as Capilano reservoir. Part of the Capilano River Regional Park, it is not used for generating hydroelectricity, but rather for storing a portion of the Lower Mainland's drinking water.[2] Construction was started in 1951 and completed in 1954.

The dam is named after engineer Ernest Albert Cleveland who envisioned the need for the proper maintenance of a pristine and efficient water supply as well as sustainable use of water resources. He served as the first chief commissioner of the Greater Vancouver Water District from 1926 until his death in 1952.

Popular culture[edit]

The dam is prominently featured in the Smallville episode "Leech," where Clark Kent loses his powers via a lightning strike while attempting to save a classmate from jumping from the dam, as well as in the episode "Dichotic" in the second season. It is also featured in the second-season episode of the series Supernatural, titled "Simon Said". A Cadillac goes over the dam into the Capilano River in the film The 6th Day. The dam is also a central location in the film Bad Girls from Valley High. The dam and reservoir were also used in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The Amazon TV series The Man in the High Castle features the dam in several scenes during the first season of the show as a meeting location near Canon City, within the neutral zone.[3]


See also[edit]

Coordinates: 49°21′37″N 123°06′39″W / 49.36041°N 123.11075°W / 49.36041; -123.11075

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Singh, Neil; Douglas, Ryan; Ahlfield, Steve (8 December 2005). "The case of Cleveland Dam". Water Power & Dam Construction.
  2. ^ "Water Quality Report 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  3. ^ "Shoot: The Man in the High Castle Films Luke Kleintank & Alexa Davalos at North Vancouver's Cleveland Dam". Retrieved 31 July 2016.