Update: Capilano Pacific Trail closed due to landslide - Further Erosion has occurred

Jan 13, 2021

Update: January 13, 3:50 p.m.

Late in the evening of January 12, another, smaller slide occurred in the area of the January 6 landslide site. 

Staff continue to monitor the slope and work with geotechnical engineers to reduce the risk from further slides.

The Capilano Pacific Trail remains closed. Please use the detour.

Update: January 12, 9 p.m.

A landslide occurred on January 6 on the Capilano Pacific Trail in West Vancouver, near the Capilano Suspension Bridge, in the area of Moyne Drive.

A smaller landslide occurred at the same location in December 2019, and the trail had just been repaired. The January 6 slide was much larger and remains active, and further erosion has been observed today. The cause appears to be unrelated to the recent repair work and is part of a larger slope instability that is now occurring.  Staff are monitoring the slope and working with geotechnical engineers to reduce the risk from further slides.

No residential properties are at risk from the slide. However, people mustn't go past the safety fencing restricting access to the Capilano Pacific Trail.

The trail is now closed until further notice, and a detour has been posted.

January 6, 2021

District staff were notified today at approximately 10:30 a.m. of a landslide on the Capilano Pacific Trail.

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.

The cause of the slide is not yet known. Staff and qualified professionals engineers are on site assessing the situation.

There was a landslide at the same location in December 2019. That slide was much smaller, and the damaged area was roped off, allowing trail users to bypass it. The trail was then closed for repairs in early November 2020 and reopened on December 16.

The new slide is much larger than the 2019 slide. The cause is currently unknown.

The slide is still active. The slope is still unstable and hazardous. It is essential that people do not go past the fencing that is securing the trail.

The trail is now closed until further notice.

The slide will cause a turbidity plume (cloudy water) down the Capilano River and into Burrard Inlet.

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