If you want an easy hike check out the trails in Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. Lighthouse Park is only about 75 hectares in size but it packs a lot into that acreage.
If you want a taste of old growth rainforest this is a great place to visit. There are massive Douglas fir, western hemlock and western red cedar trees in here along with lots of moss, lichens and woodland flowers.
There are roughly ten kilometres of trails with most taking you through the forest while some including the Juniper Point Trail take you right to the water’s edge.
Why you’ll want to go to Lighthouse Park West Vancouver
The real purpose of our outing wasn’t a hike but to get some photographs at sunset. My niece has dreams of winning an Ipad Mini but she needed a photograph from the north shore of Vancouver with the caption – the right time at the right place. I figured the magic hour around sunset might give her a chance to get a winning shot.
We were late getting to Lighthouse Park. The light was already fading in the woods – and these woods are dark at the best of times. But once we hit the coast it was still bright and sunny. It was such a warm, beautiful night that we weren’t alone; a group of twenty somethings were enjoying sundowners on the rocks.
A lot of people come to the park to see the lighthouse, located at the point where Burrard Inlet meets Howe Sound. I knew there was no way we could get to it before dark set in.
But a few years ago I took the two hour Sewell’s Seafari and had a chance to get some shots of the lighthouse from the water. There wasn’t a chance the time I was in my kayak as I was doing my best just to stay upright as the waters around the point can get really gnarly, really fast with wild currents. If you’re thinking about cliff jumping here, never do it a the point.
You can visit Lighthouse Park during daylight hours. There is no overnight camping. Dogs are allowed and there is lots of free parking. It’s also very accessible from downtown Vancouver via public transit. You’ll just have to walk a short distance along a residential road in from Marine Drive.
Further reading on things to do in British Columbia
- A Hike on the Whyte Lake Trail in West Vancouver
- What the Rocky Mountaineer Train Ride is Really Like
- Bike or Drive BC’s Gorgeous Sea to Sky Highway
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