Located in West Vancouver on the North Shore, Lighthouse Park is a beautiful park with nature, ocean, trails through forests and views of Vancouver.
The park is a best place for exploring the West Coast shoreline and for photography with its views of the ocean and Vancouver in the distance.
Lighthouse Park is a hidden gem located in a rural part of West Vancouver on the North Shore about a 15-minute drive from Horseshoe Bay. A bit off the beaten track (so best accessed by car), the walk down to the waterfront from the parking at Lighthouse Park lot isn’t too demanding, although not recommended for anyone with mobility challenges or high heels. Expect the hike down to take about 10 minutes, and back up closer to 15.
At Lighthouse Park there are giant old-growth trees, a rugged shoreline with cliffs, and historic yet still functioning Point Atkinson Lighthouse, a National Historic Site. Built originally in 1875 and then rebuilt in 1912, you can’t go inside the lighthouse, but you can get close enough for photos.
Dogs on leash are permitted at Lighthouse Park, but not smoking, BBQs or cooking of any kind.
Lighthouse Park is one of Metro Vancouver’s best places for photography.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out your visit to Lighthouse Park.
TIP #1: This can be a popular spot on sunny days in the summer, so parking can sometimes be a challenge. There are slightly more than 100 parking spots, but they can fill up. Arrive early if it’s a weekend on a particularly hot sunny day between late May and early September (although the odds are you’ll still find parking eventually, if you are patient).
TIP #2: Take good walking shoes – this isn’t a place to take high heels or flip flops (although many people might still wear the latter).
TIP #3: It’s a good place for children to climb the rocks, but keep a close eye on very little people as some rock sections are steep and can be slippery.
Sunsets from Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park can be a great place to see the sunset, especially from early fall until late spring. It’s a trek back up to the parking lot though, so don’t stay too late or you might struggle finding your way back up through the trails.
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