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Capilano Substation

Edgemount Village

What's new

December 2023

The new Capilano Substation switchgear building has been substantially completed. The energization of the substation is scheduled for spring or mid-2024, after which we'll transit the electrical load from the old substation to the new one.

We've started restoration work on the laydown area and are working closely with the District of North Vancouver.

We're on track to return traffic access from Pemberton Avenue and Woods Drive in April 2024.

Check out the images below to see more about this update.

Image 1 of 2. The new Capilano Substation switchgear building. Show caption
Image 2 of 2: Restoration underway on the laydown area for Murdo Frazer park. Show caption
Image 1 of 2. The new Capilano Substation switchgear building.
Image 2 of 2: Restoration underway on the laydown area for Murdo Frazer park.

May 2021

As of May 25, 2021, the Murdo Frazer Pitch and Putt can only be accessed from Elizabeth Way. There is no access from Pemberton Drive/Woods Drive. You can view a map here [PDF, 87 KB].

To ensure we continue to provide reliable electricity in North Vancouver, we're upgrading the Capilano Substation by replacing it with a new substation on the western half of the existing substation site.

The new substation will include:

  • Two transformers.
  • A building for indoor electrical equipment and a control room.
  • Other associated outdoor electrical equipment in the substation yard.

The east side of the substation will continue serving your neighbourhood during construction.

Illustration showing the Capilano substation field and welcome pole
Artist's rendering of what the new substation and surrounding area could look like after completion in 2024.
Rendering of the new Capilano Substation upgrade
Artist's rendering of what the substation could look like from Woods Drive after completion in 2024.
Capilano Substation construction plan

The current Capilano Substation was built in the 1950s and the equipment is aging and needs to be replaced. Substations take electricity from higher voltages and bring it down to a lower voltage in order to supply energy to homes and businesses in your neighbourhood.

We serve approximately 12,000 customers from the Capilano Substation in the area that extends north to the base of Grouse Mountain, south to 1st Street, west to Capilano Road, and east to Lonsdale Avenue.

TIMELINE                                                                           MILESTONE                                                                                        
April/May 2021 Setting up our construction work area.
June 2021   Excavation for the new substation.
Fall 2021 to fall 2022 Construction of the new substation building.
Fall 2022 to spring 2024 Receiving, installing and commissioning equipment.
Spring 2024 Energizing the new switchgear building. Reopening road access from Pemberton Avenue and Woods Drive.
Mid-2024 to mid-2025 Gradual cutover of feeders from existing substation to new building.
Late 2025 Decommission the old substation on the east side.

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604 623 4472
Toll free: 1 866 647 3334

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