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Capilano Substation

Edgemount Village

What's new

October 2022

In October, two new transformers were delivered to the substation site. This delivery was a significant logistical challenge, as substation transformers are very large pieces of equipment. Each transformer is about 6.6 metres long, 4 metres wide, and weighs about 70,000 kilograms.

We want to thank local communities for their patience and understanding throughout the delivery process.

Check out the gallery below to learn more about this challenging but important milestone.

Image 1 of 4. The delivery truck carrying the transformer. The specialized truck and trailer has 13 axles and 50 tires to spread out the load and reduce contact pressure on roads and bridges. The truck carried the transformers – one at a time – from the port in Everett, Washington to a drop-off point in North Vancouver. Show caption
Image 2 of 4. To successfully navigate the narrow streets and tight turns closest to the substation, each transformer was transferred to a self-propelled motorized trailer (left) using a hydraulic lift and push system. Show caption
Image 3 of 4. An operator piloted the self-propelled trailer to the substation grounds using a remote control. Show caption
Image 4 of 4. At the substation, the transformers were moved onto concrete pads in the substation bay using a hydraulic lift and push system. Show caption

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.

  • April/May 2021: setting up our construction work area.
  • June 2021: excavation for the new substation.
  • Fall 2021 – Fall 2022: construction of the new substation building.
  • Fall 2022 – Spring 2024: receiving, installing and commissioning equipment inside the new substation.

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