Lighthouse Park

Vancouver, British Columbia V7N 4N8

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park Professional Guide

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"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."

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Easy Hiking Around Vancouver (Greystone Books)
Jean Cousins
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"For many Vancouver residents Lighthouse Park has long been a favourite place for walking and picnicking; its main trails at least are well known and well worn. From the profusion of paths and trails crisscrossing the 75 ha (185 acres) of untouched coastal forest forming the backdrop to the Point Atkinson lighthouse, I have devised a circular hike that explores the less-frequented eastern side of the park as well as the popular west coast. These perimeter trails surmount the highest part of the peninsula and are often rough underfoot, requiring sturdy footwear. Families with small children might prefer to take the self-guiding nature walk along Valley Trail. Leaflets and maps are usually available at the kiosks in the parking area. Continuing westward, past the buildings, you will soon find yourself on a rock overlooking the lighthouse. A plaque gives details of its century-old history. Stay with the signposted Shore Pine Trail through the maze of paths on this side of the park, but don’t pass up a side trip onto Shore Pine Point to look down along the rocky coast and across to Bowen Island." Read more

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Trail Information

Vancouver
Nearby City
2.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
West Vancouver Parks and Community Services, (604) 925-7275; westvancouver.ca
Local Contacts
An official trail map is avail- able through the City of West Vancouver (westvancouver.ca). A topographic map (92G6) is available through the National Topographic System and online at www.atlas.gc.ca.
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Dec 2018