West Vancouver British Columbia

West Vancouver British Columbia

West Vancouver

Located on the North Shore across the Burrard Inlet via the Lions Gate Bridge from Vancouver, West Vancouver is one of the wealthiest cities in Canada

North Shore’s West Vancouver

With a population of close to 43,000, West Vancouver is home to movie stars, professional athletes, old wealth families and successful business people from around the world. It’s also home to splendid parks, ski trails, beaches and miles and miles of natural beauty.

Beach at Ambleside
Ambleside Beach

Top West Vancouver Attractions

The top attractions in West Vancouver include the following:

  • Ambleside – one of Metro Vancouver’s most popular beaches with paved walking and biking trails.
  • Dundarave – an attractive seaside neighbourhood and beach.
  • Cypress Mountain – Metro Vancouver’s largest ski hill with the most advanced terrain.
  • Horseshoe Bay – a picturesque seaside town and gateway to Vancouver Island and Bowen Island via one of BC Ferries‘ main terminals.
  • John Lawson Park – an oceanside park with a fabulous children’s play area that’s halfway between Ambleside and Dundarave.
  • Lighthouse Park – one of the Lower Mainland’s most stunning, yet lesser known parks.
  • Park Royal – a large shopping centre with a couple hundred stores not far from Ambleside Park.
  • Whytecliff Park – a rugged oceanside paradise near Horseshoe Bay.
Cherry Blossoms at John Lawson Park
John Lawson Park in spring

West Vancouver Festivals & Events

West Vancouver is also host to four of the North Shore’s main festivals, all of which take place in or around Ambleside Park:

Another great event in West Vancouver is the Dundarave Festival of Lights in December at Dundarave Beach.

Squamish Nation Welcome Figure at Ambleside
The Squamish Nation Welcome Figure statue at Ambleside Beach

What to do in West Vancouver

House Window Shopping

In addition to visiting the above first-class venues, an interesting activity is to simply drive around the residential areas of West Vancouver admiring all the private estates. British Properties in particular has some especially spectacular homes.

Walks and Bike Rides

A popular pastime for locals of all ages on the North Shore is going for strolls (or bike rides) along the seawall from Ambleside to Dundarave. Just a block or so up from the waterfront, and running parallel to the seawall, is Marine Drive which represents downtown West Vancouver with all its shops and restaurants. This can be a good area for shopping or getting a bite to eat.

Swimming

West Vancouver is blessed with some amazing beaches. Ambleside is beautiful, with views of Stanley Park across the water, the Lions Gate Bridge and English Bay. Dundarave also has a nice beach, and swimming is also popular at Lighthouse Park and Whytecliff Park, although with less sandy beaches.

Another popular place for locals (especially ones with kids) is the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre, which has one of Metro Vancouver’s best pool facilities complete with leisure pool, swimming lanes, hot tubs, sauna, steam room and giant waterslide.

West Vancouver Community Centre
West Vancouver Aquatic Centre

Check out West Vancouver’s Best Bars and Restaurants for places to eat and drink on the North Shore.