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West Vancouver

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West Vancouver

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West Vancouver [10] is a suburban area of Vancouver in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. It has a few good parks, excellent hikes and some of the most expensive property in Canada.


Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The main entry points to West Vancouver are Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway) from North Vancouver or by Highway 99 across the Lion's Gate Bridge from Vancouver. Visitors travelling south on Highway 99 from Squamish or Whistler will arrive in the North Shore just above Horseshoe Bay.

By bus[edit]

The TransLink [11] bus system connects West Vancouver with the rest of the TransLink system in Vancouver and its suburbs. Travelling to/from North Vancouver or Lions Bay costs $2.50. Crossing the harbour means crossing a fare zone boundary so a ticket to/from Vancouver, Burnaby or Richmond will cost $3.75 and a ticket to/from Surrey will cost $5.00.

By boat[edit]

BC Ferries [12] has a ferry terminal in Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) with three routes servicing it, including one from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The ferry terminal connects directly to Highway 1 and the Translink bus system (routes 250, 257, 259 and C12).

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Lighthouse Park, Beacon Lane (follow Marine Dr west from Dundarave, turn left onto Beacon Lane and follow it to the park parking lot), +1 604 925-7270 (for information about recreation programs and facility rentals). Open daily 6AM-10:30PM. Trails wind over and around huge glacial boulders and old-growth forest, some leading down to various beaches with views of Vancouver. The main trail from the parking are leads to the Point Atkinson lighthouse for which the park is named (entry not permitted though). There are picnic facilities (no fires permitted), bathrooms, and in season wildlife lectures. A great place for families with kids. You can take your dog, but he must be leashed between May and September to avoid disturbing seasonal wildlife. Free.  edit
  • Cypress Falls
  • Whytecliff Park

Do[edit][add listing]

Cypress Mountain ski area
  • Ambleside Beach has the nicest sandy beach on the North Shore. It is a common place to come for a walk or to hang out on the beach. Has a nice view of Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge.
  • Cypress Mountain [13] is at the top of Cypress Bowl Road (Exit 8 from Hwy 1) in Cypress Provincial Park. The downhill area is spread across two mountains and has the largest vertical of the North Shore ski fields with a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs. There is a cross-country and tubing area around Hollyburn Mountain. Cypress is usually open from 9 am to 4 pm throughout the season, with night skiing (closes at 10 pm) starting in early/mid Dec and extending until March. Full day Downhill tickets are $46 (adult), $39 (youth), $23 (seniors) and $20 (child). There is an extra premium over the Christmas period and discounts for evening (4 pm) and night (7 pm) skiing. Full day Cross country tickets are $17 (adult), $13 (youth), $11 (seniors) and $10 (child). Evening tickets (after 3 pm) are discounted.
  • West Vancouver Sea Wall -- a paved walkway along the ocean that runs between Ambleside Park and Dundarave Village.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Park Royal Mall, 752 Marine Drive at Taylor Way, 604-925-9576, [14]. Open every day. A major shopping mall on the north and south sides of Marine Drive with indoor and outdoor shopping sections and restaurants. Anchor tenants include: The Bay, London Drugs, Super Value, Sport Check, Coast Mountain Sports, Future Shop, Home Depot, Old Navy, Whole Foods.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Crave Beachside, 1362 Marine Dr (near 14th & Marine in Ambleside), 604-926-3332, [1]. A good mix of dishes in a casual atmosphere. The patio in the back looks out at Ambleside and the harbour. $10-$25 for a main.  edit
  • The Beach House, 150 25th St (at the Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver), 604-922-1414. Another North Shore restaurant that specializes in seafood. The view of Vancouver harbour is fabulous. Mains $30-$40.  edit
  • The Boathouse, 6695 Nelson Ave (on the waterfront in Horseshoe Bay), 604-921-8188, [2]. Built out over the water in Horseshoe Bay, this restaurant has a large seafood selection including a variety of fresh fish, oysters and Atlantic lobsters. If fish isn't your thing, there are a number of steaks and a large wine menu. There is also an outdoor patio to enjoy the sunny days. Mains $15-$40, appetizers $7-$12.  edit
  • Carmelo's, 1448 Marine Drive (Ambleside), 604-922-4719 (fax: 604-922-4613), [3]. Serves a variety of pasta, meat and pizza dishes. Mains $12-$30, appetizers $6-$15.  edit
  • Fraiche Restaurant, 2-2240 Chippendale Road, (604) 925-7595, [4]. Tu-Su 5PM-10PM / Tu-Fr 11:30PM-2:30PM. Fine dining restaurant perched atop of a quiet residential area. Spectacular window views and very cozy neighborhood environment. Take exit 10 on the Trans-Canada highway en-route to Whistler. $50+.  edit
  • The Ocean Club, 100 Park Royal (across the street from Park Royal), 604-926-2326, [5]. 5PM-1AM Tu-Th, 5PM-3AM F-Su (closed Mondays). Restaurant and lounge that serves a variety of fish and meat dishes. $50+.  edit
  • Salmon House on the Hill, 2229 Folkestone Way (Exit #10 off Hwy #1 in West Vancouver), 604-926-3212, [6]. Set on a hill overlooking the entrance to Vancouver harbour, you can enjoy both your food and your view while you eat. Salmon (in various styles) is the signature dish, but there are plenty of other options on the menu. Mains $25-$35, appetizers $8-$15 (the restaurant will also offer periodic specials where you can get a three course dinner for $30-$35, it's usually advertised in local papers).  edit
  • Zen Japanese Restaurant, 2232 Marine Drive, West Van, +1-604-925-0667, [7]. M-Th 5-9:45PM, F-Sa 5-9:30PM, Su 5-9:15PM. A broad menu of Japanese food styles — sushi, sashimi, robata, plus fusion, and west coast cuisine — executed with creativity and flair. Bright attractive dining room, with patio seating available on fine days. Lots of seafood, of course, but also a respectable choice of vegetarian dishes. Dinner $25-35/person.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Horseshoe Bay Motel, 6588 Royal Ave, Horseshoe Bay, +1 604 921-7454 (toll free: 1-877-717-3377), [8]. 23 rooms with a mix of one queen, one king and two queen-sized beds. Free wifi is available. Location is excellent if catching an early morning ferry to Vancouver Island or the Sunshine Coast. $128-158.  edit
  • Lighthouse Park B&B, 4875 Water Lane, +1 604 926-5959 (toll free: 1-800-926-0262), [9]. Two suites with private entrances set in garden. Each suite has three rooms (bedroom, living room and bathroom) and includes a fridge, TV and phone. Occupancy is 2 persons per suite. $175-225 May-Oct, $150 Nov-May.  edit


Get out[edit]

Vancouver Island is a 1 hr 35 minute ferry ride away via BC Ferries and the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Arriving in Nanaimo, you can head down island to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, or across the island to Tofino, where you can go whale-watching, surf and storm-watch. Other ferry destinations from Horseshoe Bay are Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast.

Northward on Hwy 99 takes you through the Sea to Sky region, which offers varied outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, rock climbing and camping. It also takes you to the resort area of Whistler, with its nightlife, fine dining and a wide variety of activities that will keep you busy regardless of what season it is.

Routes through West Vancouver
VictoriaNanaimo  W noframe E  North VancouverVancouver
WhistlerBritannia Beach ← Lions Bay ←  N noframe S  VancouverSeattle (via I-5.png)
Powell River ← Gibsons ← ferry ←  N noframe S  END

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