Metro Vancouver Parks: West Vancouver


Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 — 11:54am PDT
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It’s been 69 years since the West Vancouver Parks Board was established. The 100-year old district municipality set up a parks board on September 13th, 1943 according to Chuck Davis’ Vancouver History and in honor of this milestone, my park series this week features all of West Vancouver’s major parks:

Ambleside Park
Features: Dog off-leash area, pitch & putt course, sports fields, beaches, picnics, skate park, concession, awesome views of Vancouver and Stanley Park from this 59 acre seaside playground.

Ambleside Ambleside Park from the air.
Photo credit: colink. & Zorro1968 on Flickr

Caulfeild Park
Features: Shoreline park with more great views.

Cypress Falls Park
Features: Dog off-leash area, playground, sports fields, tennis courts, 2km circuit of forest hiking trails with waterfalls.

Leyland Park
Features: Dog off-leash area, hiking and walking trails, slope-side views of Burrard Inlet from Sentinel Hill. This neighbourhood park is 2 acres in side.

Dundarave Park
Features: No dogs allowed, wading pool, playground, picnic tables, sandy swimming beaches.

John Lawson Park
Features: In the heart of West Vancouver, historic waterfront, gravel and sandy swimming beach, walking paths, pier, wading pool, playground, picnic tables.

Lighthouse Park Shore Lighthouse Lookout
Photo credit: colink. & TheVancouverGuy on Flickr

Lighthouse Park
Features: Dogs allowed off-leash on trails, 10km of forest and seaside walking paths, rugged lookout points where Burrard Inlet meets Howe Sound. Lots of history here and at the lighthouse at Point Atkinson, which was named by Captain George Vancouver himself. Lighthouse Park has also had its own feature in my Metro Vancouver Park Series.

Whytecliff Park
Features: Rugged lookout points in this 15 hectare park that has a protected salt water marine area. Tennis courts, playground, swimming area, hiking and walking trails.

Inviting
Photo credit: Morisawa81 on Flickr

Horseshoe Bay Park
Features: Spray pool, views of Howe Sound, watch the ferries come and go.

Memorial Park
Features: A peaceful green space in the heart of the Ambleside Business District with lawn bowling area and a playground.

These are just a few of the parks, trails, playgrounds, beaches, and recreational areas in West Vancouver and on the North Shore and we’re very fortunate to be in such close proximity to so many great outdoor escapes.

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