Capilano University was founded by the school boards and residents of North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Howe Sound through a referendum in 1968.
During our first year, all 784 enrolled students took their classes at night in the classrooms of West Vancouver Secondary School, with the main campus in North Vancouver opening in 1973.
To serve communities on the Sunshine Coast, Capilano University opened the kálax-ay Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt in 1977, with many programs and courses running on the coast today.
In 2008, the provincial government changed Capilano College's designation to Capilano University.
In fall 2019 the University welcomed its first students at CapU Lonsdale, a new extension location for our main campus, which is located in The Shipyards development in Lower Lonsdale.