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Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver
(4.8/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Venture through Lighthouse Park, a rainforest covered parkland that features Point Atkinson Lighthouse as the main landmark. Walk among the rugged trails through the dense forest landscape, which is home to Douglas fir, Western hemlock, and Western red cedar. Reach the lighthouse viewpoint to see it perched upon an outcropping of rocks overlooking the ocean. Sit down and savor a picnic on the waterfront as cormorants and eagles fly overhead. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, as the trails are known to get muddy and slippery. Plan your Lighthouse Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in West Vancouver using our West Vancouver family vacation planner.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Wanted to get in a little nature walk while not having to drive too far out of town. The trails beyond the main path are great. Well marked and easy to follow, but still allows a person to feel they a...  more »
  • Lovely walking through the woods ending up with a lovely view of the lighthouse and a steep walk down to the shore and beautiful view from the rocks looking across to downtown and Stanley park 
  • This Park has many trails to explore. There is also the main road (no vehicles allowed) that takes you right down to the Lighthouse for those that don't want to go off on their own on trails. Lots of ...  more »
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  • Great location with nice walking trails. Mostly casual walking, with some steep parts if you desire. Lots of historic information provided by plaques scattered throughout the park. Great views of the ocean and inland. Access to water and some great cliffs for climbing. Only real downside is the location, which is through many twisty residential roads, and the parking, which can be very full and slow. Great place for families, couples, and people looking to explore North Vancouver!
  • A must do for locals and visitors alike. Fabulous walk through some "Giants" that ends with stunning, panoramic views of Burrard from the North Shore mountains to Point Grey and beyond. Various spur trails offer different vantage points of the Lighthouse and surrounding landscape. The main trail is accessible, but with some steep grades. You can get here by public transit -- it is a fair hike into the park from the main road (Marine Drive).
  • I thought I knew most of the trails pretty well, however, in wanting to experience as much of the park as possible , my daughter and I headed off to the Arbutus trail section. It was very quiet and peaceful; very up and down, then we climbed the stairs and rested on the bench next to the stairs. It appeared that there was some work being done on the trail at the top, and there the trail split left and right; no signage though. We thought the trail appeared more travelled to the right and took that. It quickly became apparent that it was not well used and it got very steep and narrow. We did not know where we were and were reluctant to turn around as my daughter was having knee and back problems. We knew we would come out somewhere, but where? We came out at the Dale and had to walk quite a way back into the Park to get our car. I don't know why there was no signage where the trail split, but it sure would have saved us an awful lot of trouble and concern.
  • Lots of variety of trails. Some are marked better then others, but the Valley of the Giants trail is especially inspiring. Be prepared for a fair bit of elevation changes
  • This is a beautiful rock climbing spot by the ocean for intermediate experienced rock climbers featuring 5.8 - 5.11 routes. Watch your step on the slippery steep descent to the starting points of the climbing routes, as it easy to fall and twist your ankle, especially when you carry climbing gear with you. You can also do some cliff jumping and swimming there if you feel up to it.