Can a lighthouse save a forest? That is exactly what happened at the popular 185 acre Lighthouse Park which guards the entrance to Burrard Inlet in West Vancouver.
The Lighthouse was built in 1914 on the rocks at the southern tip of Point Atkinson in West Vancouver. The old growth forest in the park was spared from logging in the region due to the dark contrasting background the trees provided for the lighthouse. Some of these magnificent trees are 200 feet tall and up to 500 years old. In 1994 the lighthouse was officially designated a National Historic Site.
There are about 10 km of trails through the park however it is only about a 10 minute walk from the parking area to the lighthouse viewpoint. The trails through the park are rough in places and sometimes slippery so it is important to wear appropriate footwear. Stay on the main trails as there are cliffs and hazardous terrain in the park.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Lighthouse ParkFee: No
Vancouver, BC V7W 1K5
Accommodations near Lighthouse Park:
|Skytrain, SeaBus and Bus Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Expo Line||Granville Station||3 Minutes|
|Canada Line||Vancouver City Center||3 Minutes|
How to get to Lighthouse Park by Skytrain, SeaBus and Bus
From Granville Station take the Seymour Street Exit. Go to your right along Seymour Street to Georgia Street and go right on Georgia to the #250 Horseshoe Bay bus stop.
From Vancouver City Center take the Granville Street Exit, cross over Georgia Street and go left to the #250 Horseshoe Bay bus stop. Take the #250 Horseshoe Bay bus to Beacon Lane on Marine Drive and walk south along Beacon Lane into the park. This is about a 40 minute bus ride that goes through Stanley Park and across the spectacular Lions Gate Bridge into an area of beautiful homes in West Vancouver.
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