Ambleside is a beautiful area in affluent West Vancouver with a sandy beach, beautiful park, seawall walking paths along the water and a trendy shopping village.
Ambleside Park and Beach
Ambleside is one of the North Shore‘s most popular parks, with its paved walkway along the water. There are sections of the walk that go along the road/parking lot, but the majority is along the sandy beaches and grass parkland.
Where is Ambleside?
Ambleside Park is located at 1150 Marine Drive in West Vancouver. It runs from the foot of 13th Street (where its main entrance is) all the way to the mouth of the Capilano River. The eastern part of the park is also just south of Park Royal mall.
What is Ambleside Park Like?
Ambleside is a perfect place to spend the summer at the beach and go for strolls year-round while admiring the views of Stanley Park across the water and the ships going under the Lions Gate Bridge in and out from the port in Burrard Inlet.
From Ambleside you can walk all the way to Dundarave, another little village area in West Vancouver. Along the way you will pass soccer fields, children’s playgrounds and sandy beaches.
The main beach at Ambleside is beautiful. The sand isn’t always the cleanest, as it sometimes gets a fair bit of debris from the ocean, like small pieces of wood, but it’s nevertheless still very picturesque and a wonderful place to spend the day. The pier at Ambleside is also very popular, especially with people fishing.
The concession stand at Ambleside is a convenient place to grab a snack while enjoying some fresh air. It’s open from late May until July 1st on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm, and then from July 2nd until the first week of September from 11 am to 7 pm Mondays to Fridays and 10 am to 8 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Ambleside Village lies along Bellevue Street and Marine Drive where you’ll find lots of small shops, coffee shops and restaurants.
Ambleside is the location of West Vancouver’s main festivals. These include the Persian New Year Fire Festival in mid-March, West Vancouver Community Day in early June, the Harmony Arts Festival in early August, Ambleside Live Rock Festival in late August and the Coho Festival in early September each year.
From May until October, Ambleside is also home to West Vancouver’s weekly farmers market. It takes place on Sundays from 10 am until 3 pm at the entrance to Ambleside Park.
Additional Facts About Ambleside:
- Except for the sandy beach, the park at Ambleside is wheelchair accessible.
- You can fish off the Ambleside Pier and use crab nets – just be sure to have a salt water license.
- There is a walking trail and a bike trail (although the bike path does go through the parking lot for a bit).
- There is an off leash dog park at the far east part of the park.
Ambleside is a fantastic place to admire the sun setting in the horizon, especially during the darker months, from October to March. Click February North Shore Sunsets for more Ambleside sunset photos, as well as some from Dundarave and North Vancouver.
Dog-Friendly Park at Ambleside
Dogs are allowed on-leash on the seawall at Ambleside. However, there is also an area for the four-legged friends to stretch their legs off-leash at the East end of the park (closest to the Lions Gate Bridge). To access this area, walk along the seawall past the pond and the golf course. There’s a beach and a small grassy area for animals to play on.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your visit to Ambleside.
TIP #1: Take your golf clubs for the pitch and putt at the Ambleside Par 3 Course. It’s a fun little course open in the warmer season.
TIP #2: The beach at Ambleside is beautiful and a great place to spend time in the sun on the sand. The water isn’t the cleanest however. That’s because the main sewage outlet for the North Shore empties into the water not too far away. The water is safe to swim in, but not as clean as in other parts of the Lower Mainland.
Click the following link to learn more about Metro Vancouver’s other top beaches.
Click West Vancouver to learn more about the city and its other great attractions.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- West Vancouver’s Dundarave
- Places for a Walk, Jog or Cycle
- Vancouver on a Budget
- The North Shore
- Vancouver Parks and Nature