In 1973, Capilano opened its 14-hectare campus in the Lynnmour area of North Vancouver. That year also saw the establishment of a regional centre in Squamish for the Howe Sound communities of Pemberton, Mount Currie, Whistler, and Squamish. In 1977, it opened its doors to the Sunshine Coast campus in Sechelt for the Sunshine Coast communities. The most recent development of the North Vancouver campus was the Cedar building construction, which was completed in 1991. Other developments were three added floors of classroom and faculty office space, a 90-seat lecture theatre; and the completion of Sportsplex in the fall of 1991. This marked the beginning of the development of the south campus and the opening of the new Library building in 1993. In 1996, the completion of Birch Building at the North Vancouver campus was completed. The building can accommodate a 380-seat performance theatre, classrooms, student services, and teaching space to accommodate 400 full-time students.
The University offers the following services to students: EDUCATIONAL ADVICE (Advising Centre, Disability Services, First Nations Student Services, Registrar's Office); INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (International Student Centre, Peer Support Centre) ; LEARNING SUPPORT (Computer Learning Centre Library, Learning Specialist, Writing Centre, Math Learning Centre, Workshops); STUDENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT (Cashier's Office, Financial Aid and Awards); ALTERNATIVE LEARNING FORMATS (Distance Education, Co-operative Education, Open CourseWare); REGIONAL CAMPUSES (Squamish Campus, Sunshine Coast Campus); PERSONAL SUPPORT (Counselling, Child Care, Harassment & Conflict Resolution, Health Services & Sports Medicine Clinic, Housing for Students) First Aid, Peer Support Centre , Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Security); CAREER PLANNING AND EMPLOYMENT (Career Resource Centre, Human Resources , Student Employment Centre); CAMPUS ACTIVITIES (Athletics & Recreation, Performing Arts Theatre); and COMMUNITY SERVICES (Bookstore, CapCard Centre (Student Photo ID), Capilano Students' Union, Facilities Rental, Food & Beverage Service, IT Services, Lost & Found, Parking, Car Pools & Transit, Print Services, Purchasing Department, and the Student Store - CAP Corner, U-Pass).
Every student who is registered at the North Vancouver campus is a member of the Capilano Student Union. It is a non-profit association that is democratically led by an elected board of students. The board of directors are totally autonomous from the College Administration. Its services include: a free student handbook and day planner produced every year (available at CSU office); a semesterly used book sale where students can purchase used texts for 70% off retail price as well as consign their used textbooks from previous semesters; a free on-line directory of available rental housing and home stay accommodations; a free on-line tutor listing service that tutors and students can use to connect with each other; the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) that provides students with discounts at hundreds of locations locally, nationally and internationally; a variety of Long distance calling cards available at discounted rates; and monthly bus passes, bus tickets, and Fast Trax stickers for students to travel for less.
The University offers scholarship awards to entrance students. Some of them include: The Capilano Excellence Scholarships (CAPX), The Capilano Achievement Awards (CAPA), The Capilano Program Awards (CAPP), and the Fairfax Holdings Limited Entrance Award.
Vancouver is a coastal city and major seaport, located on the mainland of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. The current population of the city of Vancouver is roughly 600,000. Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the three most livable cities in the world. According to a 2007 report by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Vancouver tied with Vienna as having the third highest quality of living in the world, after Zürich and Geneva.
Vancouver is a growing hotbed for arts and culture. Featuring Prominent theatre companies, such as the Arts Club Theatre Company on Granville Island, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, and Bard on the Beach. Smaller compan ies include Touchstone Theatre, Studio 58, Carousel Theatre, and the United Players of Vancouver. Theatre Under the Stars produces shows in the summer at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. In addition, Vancouver holds an annual Fringe Festival and International Film Festival.