Lighthouse Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"With old-growth trees, windswept granite bluffs, and WWII relics, this hike in West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park is simply enchanting. A 4.2-kilometer (2.6-mile) loop connects the park’s sights and old groves of arbutus, Douglas fir, and cedar. There are many options to explore side trails and escape down to the shoreline or out to viewpoints. Take picnic supplies and make it a day trip.
There’s been a lighthouse on the point since 1874, and in 1881 the federal government set aside 75 hectares (185 acres) surrounding the light station. This forest buffer allowed for the light to shine in front of a dark backdrop and also provided a fuel source for the steam-powered foghorn. But the military reserve had a perhaps unplanned upshot: It preserved virgin stands of coastal trees—today, some of the few old-growth forests in the Vancouver area. You can walk down a straight gravel road from the parking lot to the lighthouse and large cedars, but I recommend you take a more circuitous path to enjoy the park’s other treasures, which include granite bluffs, twisted arbutus trees, and serene cliff vistas."