Capilano University was founded by the school boards and residents of North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Howe Sound through a referendum in 1968.

Our History archival photo
Ground breaking ceremony for Lynnmour campus; ceremonial shoveling. From left: Bal Wallace Board Chair, Ron Andrews District Mayor, Sonja Sanguinetti, Alf Glenesk Principal.

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.

Cedar courtyard

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.

The Shipyards

Looking ahead, CapU Lonsdale, an extension of our main campus in the Shipyards development in Lower Lonsdale will welcome its first students in the fall of 2019.