A popular trail bridge in Capilano River Regional Park in North Vancouver is temporarily closed after it was damaged during this week's wild windstorm.
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks says the Cable Pool Bridge, on the Second Canyon Viewpoint Trail, suffered significant damage from a falling tree during Tuesday’s (Jan. 12) storm, which brought winds of up to 91 km/h to parts of the Lower Mainland and left tens of thousands without power.
For safety reasons, the bridge has been closed for a structural assessment and so repairs can be made.
“Regional Parks staff are arranging to bring in an engineer to conduct a structural assessment that’ll provide clarity on the repairs that are required,” said Greg Valou, a Metro Vancouver spokesperson.
“There is currently no anticipated reopening date for Cable Pool Bridge since the extent of the damage remains unclear.”
Cable Pool Bridge offers beautiful views of the canyon and leads on to a trail to Cable Pool, a popular fishing spot.
Metro Vancouver has advised those hiking to use Pipeline Bridge to cross the river for now.
The bridge will be closed until further notice.
The powerful winds also left a big mess at West Vancouver’s Centennial Seawalk, with crews working to clean up debris throughout the day on Wednesday (Jan. 13). The seawalk, which stretches from 18th Street to Dundarave Park, had to be closed in sections as logs were strewn across pathways, benches tipped upside down, and trees uprooted.
Sections of the seawalk are being opened once they have been determined safe.
Elisia Seeber is the North Shore News’ Indigenous and civic affairs reporter. This reporting beat is made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.