Mosquito Creek Watershed
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People started hiking and climbing the North Shore mountains in the late 1860's, around the time permanent settlements were established at Moodyville and Yaletown.
Soon after, regular day trips were arranged and cabins were built for overnight stays.
For awhile, there was a hotel at the Capilano River, near the canyon, and trails between the hotel and Grouse Mountain.
Most of the trails, that still exist in the Mosquito Creek watershed today, began as narrow footpaths.
Others began as access roads, built to allow logging or construction.
Over time, some of the paths became wider as use increased.
As more and more people used the paths and roads for walking, it became necessary to officially designate some as trails.
A designated trail is recognized as a non-vehicle route, and is maintained to withstand heavier foot traffic.
Some trails are suitable for pedestrians only, some for cyclists only, some for both.
Today, many of the main trails have protective fencing alongside. The fences are there to remind trail users to stay on the trail, in order to protect vegetation and soil stability, fish and wildlife, and streams.
Some secondary trails do not have fencing, but the reasons to stay on the trail are the same.
The Trans Canada Trail follows part of the main Mosquito Creek Trail, north of Marine Drive to Queens Road.