Place Name: Capilano, Capilano Bridge, Community Park, Crescent, Park, Ravine, Street

Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1956), Bridge (1967), Park (1987), Road (1956), Park (1964), Ravine (Common Usage), Road (1956)

Name Origins: Commemorative


It is actually a First Nations name belonging to the Squamish Nation and originally spelled Kia’palano, meaning “beautiful river”. Kia’palano was the name of a great Squamish chief who lived in this area in the early part of the 1800s. Over time “Kia’palano” was anglicized into “Capilano”.

From The Capilano Suspension Bridge

Cultural Affiliation: Squamish First Nations

Gender: N/A

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie 

The Capilano neighbourhood in the Hardisty subdivision was likely named after the Capilano River, Capilano River Canyon and the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, BC. Capilano is an adaptation of a Salish word that means "the people of Kiap." It was also the hereditary name of the Chief of the Squamish, Central Coast Salish who traditionally lived in what is today North Vancouver. Edmonton's Capilano was an existing subdivision name dating back to the early part of the twentieth century. It was subdivided in 1910, but remained mostly farmland until the 1950s. Capilano was annexed to Edmonton  in 1954.

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