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Time Traveller: Capilano University's permanent campus opens in 1973

This is how the first permanent campus of Capilano Community College, as it was called back then, looked when it opened nearly 50 years ago
Capilano College opens

This 1973 photo shows the newly constructed permanent campus for Capilano Community College (now Capilano University, or CapU).

Through a 1968 referendum, the school boards and residents of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Howe Sound founded Capilano Community College. Before the permanent campus was built nestled in a 34-acre forest at 2055 Purcell Way, students took their classes at night in the classrooms of West Vancouver Secondary.

As the campus expanded, the original 1973 structure was eventually incorporated into a new library building. In 2008, the provincial government changed Capilano College's designation to Capilano University.

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