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North Vancouver’s Cates Park

Cates Park Pier in Snow

Cates Park is a great park for kids in North Vancouver. It has an amazing play structure area for young children, and the beach has both sand and rocky areas.

The park’s name in the local Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous language is Whey-ah-Wichen which means “faces the wind.”


Since early April, 2020, the District of North Vancouver had closed the parking lots at Cates Park to prevent too many people from visiting the area.

As of May 29th, according to the District’s website, the main parking lot remains closed, but the lot at the east end of the park by the tennis courts has reopened. The boat launch is also now open. As of June 1st, most North Shore playgrounds are also open (although the status of the one at Cates Park is to be confirmed).

To learn more visit the District of North Vancouver‘s website.

Cates Park on the North Shore

Cates Park is located at 4141 Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver.

There is a lot of parking at Cates Park, but the place is also popular on hot sunny days in the  summer.  The odds are you’ll find a spot to park, although it’s not guaranteed on busy days, like when it’s hot and there’s a live outdoor concert at the same time.

The best way to get to Cates Park is by car, not public transit. Buses do go out there, but it’s a 45-60 minute trip from Lonsdale Quay with at least one, but sometimes two transfers.

Cates Park has a boat launch and kayak rentals in the summer.

Live Music with Pedwell at Cates Park

Cates Park Concert Series

In the summer there are often live band performances on the weekends between around 4:00 until 7:00 pm on Saturdays between early July and mid-August. 2019 dates and performers were the following:

  • July 13, 2019Fear the Wolves, Highland Eyeway and Reed
  • July 20, 2019Victoria & the Secrets and Theory of Roses
  • July 27, 2019Acoustic Ghosts, Symentha Holmes and Delan
  • August 3, 2019Horse Opera, Cat Murphy Band and The Ship Of
  • August 10, 2019Ashley Pater & Destination Unknown, Eye Bender and Ilhan Saferali
  • August 19, 2019Antoinette & the Latest, Kyoga and Bealby Point
  • August 24, 2019Sarah J, Augustiner and Ryan Fischer

Click Cates Park Summer Concerts for more details.

Check out Free Outdoor Music for summer concert venues in Metro Vancouver, including performances at Cates Park in July and August.