Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver
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How to get there by transit: 250 Horseshoe Bay from Downtown or 250 from Horseshoe bay to Vancouver (non-express).
Size: 75 hectares/185 acres
Features and selling points: The perfect mini-hike for an afternoon is following the 5km network of pathways at Lighthouse Park to experience the beauty and majesty of its old growth forest which reveal one of the most spectacular views around.
History: “Charted and named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792, Point Atkinson was an ideal geographic aid to shipping as colonial activity in the area increased. Late in the 19th century, the Government of Canada set aside 75 hectares as a lighthouse reserve, preserving the area for the park we enjoy today. The park is maintained by the Municipality, which leases it from the Department of National Defence. The park derives its name from Point Atkinson, one of Canada’s first manned lightstations. While a lighthouse has been on Point Atkinson since 1874, the current lighthouse was built in 1912, the year West Vancouver became a separate municipality. The lighthouse is a municipal landmark and can be seen from several viewpoints in the park. Old military buildings can be found near the lighthouse, remnants of the siteâ€™s military importance during World War II.” – [West Vancouver Parks]
Notes: As John and I have yet to make it past the parking lot of Lighthouse Park, these are some photos snapped by some other local bloggers. It’s definitely at the top of the list for our next day trip around the region. This forest and view are not to be missed.