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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > West Vancouver

West Vancouver
The District of West Vancouver is located across Burrard Inlet from Vancouver and is a neighbour of the District of North Vancouver with the border being the Capilano River.

Residential Areas
West Vancouver includes the residential areas of Park Royal, Ambleside Village, British Properties, Dundarave Village, Caulfeild and Horseshoe Bay. The district's northern border ends at Sunset Marina on the 'Sea to Sky' Hwy 99 just south of Lions Bay. Most areas tend to have a local business, shopping and meeting centres all displaying a unique character.

Park Royal Shopping Centre
If you happen to like shopping, West Vancouver has a good selection of stores especially if you enjoy excellent quality. One favourite is in the Park Royal Shopping Centre just across the Lions Gate Bridge from Vancouver. Park Royal Shopping Centre features both a north and south mall and a new outdoor shopping concept called The Village at Park Royal.

Ambleside Village
Located west of Park Royal on Marine Drive is a quaint area called Ambleside Village. Here you can find artists' shops, unique stores and small restaurants. Situated nearby are high-rise apartment buildings that surround the Ambleside Village especially along Bellevue Avenue where you can find some classical art-deco apartments dating back from the 1960's intermixed with modern structures.

Ambleside Park
Then, for sunbathers and swimmers, there is an excellent beach at Ambleside Park. Located adjacent to Park Royal and next to Ambleside Village, Ambleside Park features soccer fields, a beach area and a beautiful walkway. A forested trail starts from the south mall at Park Royal and meanders next to the Capilano River, then runs under the CN Railway Bridge to the mouth of the Capilano River at Ambleside Park.

Centennial Seawalk
One decision that West Vancouver thankfully thought of in the early 1900's was the construction of the Centennial Seawalk that goes along the waterfront. Starting at Ambleside Beach and going past John Lawson Park at 17th, then going all the way to the Dundarave Pier and the Beach House Restaurant at the foot of 25th Street in Dundarave Village.

Public Parking
You can find public parking at John Lawson Park as well as at Ambleside Park where the Sea Walk takes you back to the waterfront along Ambleside Beach. West Vancouverites have a fantastic walkway with some great southerly views to the entrance of Vancouver Harbour. The Sea Walk parallels the former BC Railway now the CN Railway and Bellevue Avenue.

Dundarave Village
At the northern end of the Sea Walk on Marine Drive you come to another distinct shopping area called the Dundarave Village. Here you can find more art galleries, grocery stores, small unique restaurants and the Dundarave Pier. For coffee shops, Dundarave Village has a Starbucks and a local Vancouver favourite called Delaney's Coffee House.

Caulfeild Village
There is also another area called Upper Caulfeild, which is off the Sea to Sky Hwy 99 with another retail area called Caulfeild Village. For other shopping areas there is the quaint seaside village of Horseshoe Bay where you find Whytecliff Park and the BC Ferries Terminal.

Caulfeild Beach
One hidden gem for sunbathing is the shore just down the hill from Caulfeild Village off Marine Drive. Comprised of weathered rocks that have been made smooth from the pounding ocean, the beach area is accessed by using the Caulfeild Trail that hugs the shoreline offering a small sandy beach for families to private sun-soaked boulders with tremendous easterly views of the Lions Gate Bridge and downtown Vancouver.

Lighthouse Park
Another favourite park in West Vancouver is Lighthouse Park. Situated on Marine Drive just past Caulfield Lighthouse Park is a grove of old-growth forest next to the coastline along Port Atkinson. Commanding a view across to Point Grey is one of Canada's remaining operational lighthouses. Lighthouse Park provides numerous trails throughout the park with various fitness levels available.

Horseshoe Bay
If you are at Horseshoe Bay taking BC Ferries to Nanaimo, Bowen Island or Langdale Terminal near Gibsons, rather than taking the ferry right away, try visiting this community. In Horseshoe Bay there are restaurants, the Troller Pub, great views and just an excellent atmosphere. If you want to fish there is Sewell's Marina for boat rentals and local advice.

Whytecliff Park
Horseshoe Bay is also home to Whytecliff Park, an area that has some great scuba diving opportunities. The beach area at Whytecliff also features a small island just situated offshore. At low tide you can walk over to the island where the view, sunbathing and wildlife viewing potential is really good.

Gleneagles Public Golf Course
There is also a public golf course called Gleneagles situated at Horseshoe Bay offering a 9-hole course that pretty well every kid from the North Shore has played. One other public place is at Ambleside where you will find a par-3 along the oceanside next to the Capilano River.

Views from Cypress Bowl
For an excellent view of the Lower Mainland and Georgia Strait, the road up to Cypress Provincial Park has to offer some of the best views in Vancouver. On a clear day you will be able to see Nanaimo in the west all the way to Simon Fraser University in the east. Just remember that sometimes the traffic can be busy so please watch for the other drivers as you travel from Hwy 99.

Cypress Mountain Resort
For skiing and snowboarding areas, continue up from the viewpoint to the top and Cypress Mountain Resort. During the summer time, Cypress Bowl Provincial Park has some excellent hiking, especially on sections of the Baden Powell Trail. You can either hike towards the summit of 1,217 metre (3,993 feet) high Black Mountain eventually down to Horseshoe Bay or west towards Cleveland Dam.

Capilano River Regional Park
Situated on the eastern border of West Vancouver is Capilano River Regional Park. Although the main entry point is off Capilano Road in the District of North Vancouver, a trail enters the park from British Properties. From just off Stevens Drive or Rabbit Lane you can make your way into the park to hiking and biking trails that go to Cleveland Dam then across Capilano River into the east side of the park.

Troll's Restaurant
If you are catching a ferry at Horseshoe Bay and not in a hurry, the original Troll's Restaurant is located here. Right on Bay Street, Troll's Restaurant is very famous for fish & chips, is right across from the BC Ferries Terminal, and has beautiful views of the waterfront at Horseshoe Bay Park.

Information on West Vancouver

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Map of West Vancouver
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West Vancouver Map - Google

North Mall Royal Shopping Centre
North Mall Royal Shopping Centre

 

Park Royal Towers
Park Royal Towers

 

Ambleside Beach
Ambleside Beach

 

West Vancouver Seawalk
West Vancouver Seawalk

 

Dundarave Village
Dundarave Village

 

Caulfeild Beach
View from Caulfeild Beach

 

Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park

 

Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay

 

Whytecliff Park Scuba Diving
Whytecliff Park Scuba Diving

 

Cypress Bowl Viewpoint
Cypress Bowl Viewpoint

 

Cypress Bowl Viewpoint
Cypress Bowl Viewpoint

 

West Vancouver Aquatic Centre
West Vancouver Aquatic Centre

 

Sandy Cove Beach
Sandy Cove Beach

 
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