West Van Info
Across the Lion's Gate Bridge, crossing the Burrard Inlet from Stanley Park,
is the scenic community of West Vancouver. It stretches between the rugged
shores of Burrard Inlet up to the higher levels of the surrounding coast-hugging mountains, notably the 1,324 metre-high Hollyburn Mountain, and stretches west to the BC Ferries docks at Horseshoe Bay on Howe Sound.
Get to the Ferries with the Upper Levels Highway (the #1 /Transportation-Canada) to catch ferries to Vancouver
Island (including Victoria) and the "Sunshine Coast." The Upper
Level Highway is also the fastest way to the Cypress Bowl Recreation Area.
Marine Drive takes you through the small villages of Ambleside, Hollyburn and Dundarave. West Vancouver has miles of seawalks that connect the beaches and short picturesque commercial stretches along the coast. Take lots of photos along Caulfield Cove, Lighthouse Park and Fisherman's Cove. Budget travelers can catch the West Vancouver Blue Bus from downtown (985-7777).
West Vancouver not only has the highest per capita income in Canada, but with 61 parks covering almost 2,500 hectares (6,170 acres), it has one of the highest ratios of greenery per person. The bigger parks include Lighthouse Park, Cypress Provincial Park (with a ski hill) and Ambleside Park (with shoreside seawalk, pitch & putt golf, and tennis courts).
[More Lion's Gate photos]
[More Horseshoe Bay photos]