Trip 006 - September 8, 2009 (Tuesday)

Ambleside Park Trip

West Vancouver BC


Distance from Vancouver:
10-15 minutes. Located in West Vancouver off Marine Drive (at 13th Street).

Liked: Easy access off Marine Drive, pleasant stroll along the water, nice water and Stanley Park views, multitude of activities available.

Of note: Windy, noise from seaplanes, railroad track along the park, the park is very popular, some messages and drawn pictures at the base of the welcoming woman wooden statue are objectionable.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates: Page 1 (Vancouver) C1. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Related Website: Ambleside Park - District of West Vancouver Official Site.

Other Trips in West Vancouver area: Lighthouse Park, Horseshoe Bay, Cypress Falls Park, Howe Sound Crest South Trail.

Located just 10-15 minutes from Vancouver, Ambleside Park in West Vancouver (turn from Marine Drive onto 13th Street) offers plenty of recreational opportunities and a substantial amount of parking. Walking, jogging, swimming, beach volleyball, golf, field hockey, soccer, fishing, and off-leash dog play area attract many visitors to Ambleside Park. There are good views of Stanley Park, Lions Gate bridge, and the city of West Vancouver. Washrooms and a small concession stand are available as well.

1. A weathered sign welcomes you to Ambleside Park.


Photo of Ambleside Park West Vancouver British Columbia Canada

2. Native art piece near the sign.


Ambleside Park West Vancouver BC

3. The path along the beach and the water.


Ambleside Park West Van British Columbia Canada

4. West Vancouver seen from Ambleside Park. Looking West.


City of West Vancouver seen from Ambleside Park
British Columbia Canada

5. Looking East at the Lions Gate bridge. Far ahead you can see the red cranes of Port Metro Vancouver.


Lions Gate bridge picture as seen from West Vancouver
British Columbia Canada

6. Seagull at Ambleside Park with a friend it has recently met.


Seagull with starfish in West Vancouver
British Columbia Canada

7a. This woman is welcoming the ships arriving to Vancouver. The statue's base is covered with many messages and drawn pictures, some of which are quite inappropriate, and would make parents wish they did not bring their children to this point of the park.


Ambleside Park welcoming woman statue - West Vancouver BC Canada

7b. October of 2010 update - the welcoming statue has been repainted, and the base of the statue (with all the "messages") has been painted over. However, new messages started appearing there, so be careful if you are walking in the vicinity with your children.


Ambleside Park Welcoming Statue - West Vancouver Province of BC Canada

8. There is also a small pond in Ambleside Park.


Pond at Ambleside Park West Vancouver British Columbia

9. Ducks and even a turtle can be found in the pond.


West Vancouver Ambleside Park turtle
British Columbia Canada

10. Many houses are located across Marine Drive from Ambleside Park.


West Vancouver BC Canada

11. One of the park buildings, located close to field hockey playing area, has this painting on the side.


Ambleside Park building painting
British Columbia Canada

12. A railroad runs parallel to Ambleside Park, as this rail bridge shows.


Ambleside Park West Van BC Canada

13. Several men were fishing in the creek flowing under the bridge.


Railway Bridge at Ambleside Park West Vancouver Canada

14. You can see a bit of downtown Vancouver from Ambleside Park. A slightly zoomed photo.


Lions Gate bridge and downtown Vancouver seen from West Vancouver

15. Zooming closer, we can see much of Vancouver's downtown glory.


Downtown Vancouver BC seen from Ambleside Park West Vancouver

16. This lady was making a painting of the attractive nature of Ambleside Park.


Ambleside Park artist - West Vancouver BC Canada

17. Here is the view of Lions Gate Bridge from Ambleside Park at night.


Night view Lions Gate Bridge British Columbia Canada

18. Zooming in, we see the bright lights of downtown Vancouver.


Downtown Vancouver BC seen at night from Ambleside park British Columbia Canada


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