Yesterday I finally made it to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. I’ve profiled the park before and I’ve also done a history post about lighthouses in the region. However, this was the first time I took to the trails and saw the Point Atkinson Lighthouse for myself.
Just hours before I was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and here I was on the shores of the Pacific looking over the Burrard Inlet. That’s probably one of the things I appreciate the most about our region — the ability to travel mere minutes from home to totally escape the city. Seems like we weren’t the only ones who had that idea this weekend.
Point Atkinson was named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 and is also a National Historic Site. Aside from its past, it’s an old-growth getaway that is simple to navigate, if you’re okay with a few inclines. However, the views are definitely worth the workout.
As the tide retreated it uncovered beds of navy and aubergine mussels along with thick ropes of bull kelp. Bees buzzed through thickets of salmonberries and the air was as thick and moist as the rich carpet of moss that covered rocky surfaces.
You can get to Lighthouse Park by car or bus along Marine Drive in West Vancouver. The park is also dog-friendly and was hosting a Westie Walk the day we visited. For updates about the park you can follow the activity of the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society.