Wild Coast Tales Monthly Adventures: Hiking Lighthouse Park
Hiking Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park is nestled deep into West Vancouver, along the way to Horseshoe Bay. The park does indeed have an actual lighthouse and is a national historic site. It is one of my favourite places to go for an easier hike: scenic coastline viewpoints, rocky bluffs, huge Douglas firs, accessible by transit, relatively flat trails, and plenty of spots to explore.
Lighthouse Park is over 180 acres of rainforest and receives over 50 inches of rain annually. You can expect to find plenty of lush green!
How to get there:
If you are traveling to Lighthouse Park from downtown Vancouver, take the 250 bus. It stops directly in front of the park entrance. For detailed transit and driving directions, visit VancouverTrails.com. If you are driving, the park gets very busy on sunny days and in the summer. Be prepared for a few traffic jams in the parking lot.
What to see and do:
Pick up a trail map before embarking on your hike. The park is basically one giant loop but there are various viewpoints along the way, including the infamous lighthouse that you don’t want to miss.
The trails I usually follow:
From the parking lot take the Juniper Loop to Juniper Point Trail leading to the first viewpoint of the Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound.
Return back along the Juniper Point Trail and continue onto the Shore Pine Trail to Shore Pine Point, the trail closer to the shoreline than the alternative Seven Sisters Trail.
Along the way to West Beach Trail, take the path to the right for another viewpoint and photo opportunity.
Follow West Beach Trail and the signs to the Lighthouse Viewpoint. If you are in need of a bathroom or picnic tables, this is the place to find them.
With photos, snack breaks, and stops, it will take 45 minutes to an hour to reach the Lighthouse. If you’re short on time or ready to be done, follow the Beacon Lane trail directly back to the parking lot. I like continuing along the Valley Trail to Starboat Cove for city views of Vancouver in the distance.
If you continue along the Valley Trail and follow the Arbutus Trail you will find a lovely bench overlooking the ocean at Eagle Point. At this point, I generally make my way back to the parking lot via the Arbutus and Valley Trails.
Other things to do in the area:
Have a few hours to spare? Bring a picnic: the rocky bluffs are a great spot to sit down and have a snack or picnic. In the summer months, you may also find people rock-climbing on the bluffs.
Looking to make it a day long adventure? Once you’re done your hike, continue driving past Lighthouse Park to explore Horseshoe Bay (ferry terminal, ocean views, restaurants and shops) and Whytecliff Park (beach and hiking trails).
Danielle is the blogger behind Wild Coast Tales and lives and works in Vancouver. When she isn’t working in B.C.’s liquor industry, you can find her walking on the seawall, running on the trails, climbing one of the North Shore mountains, or cooking up a kitchen creation to fuel her adventures. Danielle shares her West Coast adventures on her blog WildCoastTales.com and on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wildcoasttales/). Every month on BCAdventureGirls.ca, Danielle shares one of her recent adventures - whether it be a favourite Vancouver hike, a day spent exploring the city, or a new-to-her trail.